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.
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.