Silicon Valley: A Burch Field Research Seminar- Spring 2017
Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley
This Burch Field Research Seminars allows students to spend a semester interning in an innovative enterprise while pursuing course work associated with the Minor in Entrepreneurship. The seminar takes full advantage of the area’s strong entrepreneurial culture, including trips to the Stanford Design Lab and the Y-Combinator Incubator. Iconic companies such as Apple, Google, Twitter, and Uber are incorporated into the curriculum and local entrepreneurs are involved in teaching, speaking, and mentoring.
Dates: January 6 – May 8, 2017
Application Deadline: September 15, 2016
Buck Goldstein and Charles Merritt, Department of Economics
Students will spend a semester interning in an innovative enterprise while pursuing course work associated with the Minor in Entrepreneurship. The seminar will take full advantage of the strong entrepreneurial culture associated with the Bay Area. Trips to venues such as the Stanford Design Lab, the Y-Combinator Incubator, and iconic companies such as Apple, Google, Twitter, and Uber will be incorporated into the curriculum. The seminar will also involve local entrepreneurs in teaching, speaking, and mentoring.
Courses offered in this seminar represent the core of the Minor in Entrepreneurship. The seminar will be open to students accepted into the Entrepreneurship minor who have completed Econ 101 (a prerequisite) and have completed or are enrolled in the minor’s mandatory gateway course, Econ 125 (Introduction to Entrepreneurship).
Econ 325H (3 Credit Hrs. Satisfies Minor Requirement)
Entrepreneurship: Principles and Practice
Instructors: Buck Goldstein and Charles Merritt (on-site)
Econ 325H, a two-week intensive course of study to be offered at the beginning of the seminar, will provide a granular approach to the most important tasks required to create a new enterprise. The course will meet for four hours a day.
Econ 327H (3 Credit Hrs. Satisfies Minor Track Requirement)
Business Venturing Workshop
Instructors: Buck Goldstein and Charles Merritt (on-site, on-line, and via video teleconferencing), with assistance from Jennifer Halsey
The venturing workshop will take advantage of the resources of the Bay Area to give students a unique combination of experiential learning opportunities. The content of the course will include at least seven site visits to innovative companies or enterprises in the Bay Area, two weekend-long workshops (one focused on ideation and the other on design), and a series of speakers, all of whom will bring real-world expertise to the classroom. Networking events will also be integrated into this course. The course will meet weekly for 3.5 hours in the late afternoon or evening.
HNRS 393 (6 Credit Hrs. Satisfies Minor Internship and Practicum Requirements)
Practicum in Entrepreneurship (Internship)
Instructors: Buck Goldstein and Charles Merritt (on-line and via video teleconferencing), with assistance from Joseph DeSimone and Jennifer Halsey
The internship is central to the curriculum of the Minor in Entrepreneurship. Students in the Burch seminar will work in their internships 30 hours per week over 12 weeks.