- Computer Science
- Geology & Geological
- Institute for Energy Studies
- Prospective Students
- Current Students
- Slurry Loop Project
- Drillbotics Project
- Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GSCP)
- The BIG Challenge
- Industry Seminar Series
- Workshop Series
- Leadership & Entrepreneurship Courses
Industry Seminar Series
A series of industry presentations are planned to start from October 2017 on a monthly basis to provide the business skills and management of establishing and running new companies. The seminars will be presented by people from industry who will be sharing with students their success and failure stories in starting their business. The total of 7 short courses listed in Table below, each about 2 hours long, are complementing each other to present a wide range of skills and knowledge for leadership and business development. Certificate of completion will be presented to those who attend the compete series of these short courses.
The content of the 7 modules is as followings:
- Startup ventures or product development in key strategic areas like Sensors, Biomedical Devices, Big Data, Cyber security, but not limited to these.
- Current business opportunities and challenges
- Different types of product development and marketing challenges, and how to leverage them for developing new transformative business ideas
- Different startup opportunities; Critical and transformative areas for business development
- Challenging and transformative ideas for business development
- How to pitch venture ideas; interactions with CEO and CTO from a daily and engineering perspective
- How to write a successful business plan; a review or personal experience about the growth of different startups
How to Pitch Venture Ideas
Presenters: Barry Horwitz
DATE: Thursday, April 5
LOCATION: Harrington Hall 324
Though we hear a lot about venture capital financing, only a small proportion of startup companies actually receive venture capital. The rest range from options like boot-strapping, friends and family, various grant and loan programs, crowdsourcing approaches, or angel investors. I’ll discuss the dynamics of these various forms of funding, and also how to structure and give an effective pitch for your venture.
Bio for Barry Horwitz:
Barry Horwitz is a strategy consultant, an entrepreneur and an educator. He is currently serving as the interim director for the UND Center for Innovation. His experience in strategy consulting in North America and Europe includes several years with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a leading global strategy consultancy, as well as many years running his own practice focused on early stage companies. He has served as vice president of marketing and strategy in both early stage and large public companies. He was the co-founder/ COO of a venture-backed Internet company, for which he raised $12 million in venture funding and led for three years. In addition to his consulting work, Barry teaches courses in strategy and entrepreneurship at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. He earned his MBA at Harvard Business School and his Bachelor’s degree in economics at Colby College.