The purpose of this laboratory course is to introduce, and preliminary train Master students in Computer Science to the entrepreneurial mindset. The course is organised as a series of seminars and an intensive hands-on activity focused on building a simple startup project. Teachers will come from academia, venture capital and startups. Students that will attend the course do not need to have a startup idea, but they will participate to a “startup building process”, meaning with this expression the fact that they will learn and practice all main steps that shape a (possibly simple) “ICT technical idea” into a viable product, being it the one of a startup or of a corporate project. Students, working in groups, will eventually reach the stage of pitching the startup project in front of a seed venture capitalist or drafting a project proposal for seed funding. The course will hinge onto frontal lectures on basic principles and methodologies underlying Innovation, combined with a learning-by-doing experience.
- What a company is and what is its purpose
- Pills of IP protection
- ICT Company structure and roles
- B2B vs B2C
- Value proposition Design for ICT
- ICT Team Management
- From Idea to Startup, the journey
- How to found a startup in less than 10 hours
- Fundraising and spending, why you need the money and how you should spend them
Slides, scientific papers, software tools, design templates and frameworks.
Students will be organized in teams and asked to prototype a startup project or a corporate team project, as described above. The project will be discussed individually with the students.