The Startup Class--Designing the Technology Venture Startup

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2012 - $41,000

This grant supports development of The Startup Class, a new interdisciplinary course at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. The Startup Class will pair Virginia Tech’s entrepreneurial ecosystem with research-based design pedagogy to support students in creating new technology ventures. In the course, students will integrate customer and product development (“lean startup” principles), creating technologies and businesses based around market needs. Teams will be able to pursue commercialization beyond the course by enrolling in VT KnowledgeWorks, a local business accelerator, and working with The Entrepreneurship Center @ Northern Virginia Technology Council. The long term goal is to design an innovation and entrepreneurship certificate program and eventually offer a minor in global engineering.