|Module Name||Entrepreneurship & High-Tech Venture Creation|
|ECTS Weighting ||5 ECTS|
|Semester Taught||Semester 2|
|Module Coordinator/s||Prof. Donal O’Mahony|
Module Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Explain how high tech venture creation operates, with an emphasis on the processes developed by the Silicon Valley venture community over the past 20 years;
- Understand and give examples of some of the basic skills needed to recognise and nurture commercial opportunities, marshall the human and financial resources needed to promote their ideas and execute a well formulated business plan;
- Describe how high-tech industry in general and ICT in particular has evolved and continues to evolve;
- Describe how a strong ethical culture can be fostered in an entrepreneurial venture, including the importance of leading by example and having a code of conduct;
- Give oral presentations and engage in in-class discussion;
- Describe a product or service to a non-technical audience;
- Understand how high-tech companies are financed from seed rounds to stock market listing and what factors drive their valuation.
- Entrepreneurship and its contribution to the Economy & Society;
- The Entrepreneurial Perspective;
- Opportunity Recognition & Evaluation;
- Building & Managing your Team;
- Initial Funding & Financing your Growth;
- Developing & Executing on a Business Plan;
- Marketing & Promoting your Idea;
- Protecting Intellectual Property.
Teaching and Learning Methods
Lectures, use of video, class individual & group presentations.
|Assessment Component||Brief Description||Learning Outcomes Addressed||% of Total||Week Set||Week Due|
|Individual Presentation||Examine the present circumstances of a public high-tech company and give an analyst presentation.||All||10%||Week 2 onwards||All|
Completed by Week 11
|Quiz 1||20 questions covering Weeks 1-4 of the course.||L01-L4, L06, L07||20%||Week 5||Week 5|
|Business Plan||Prepare a mini-business plan for a proposed high-tech venture.||L01-L03, L06-L07||50%||Week 8||Week 11|
|Quiz 2||20 questions covering Marketing and Intellectual Property Topics.||L01-L03||20%||Week 12||Week 12|
Examination (2 hours, 100%).
Contact Hours and Indicative Student Workload
|Contact Hours (scheduled hours per student over full module), broken down by:||33 hours|
|Tutorial or seminar||0 hours|
|Independent Study (outside scheduled contact hours), broken down by:||70 hours|
|Preparation for classes and review of material (including preparation for examination, if applicable)||56 hours|
|Completion of assessments (including examination, if applicable)||14 hours|
|Total Hours||103 hours|
Recommended Reading List
- Entrepreneurship: Successfully Launching New Ventures, (latest edition), Barringer, B.R. & Ireland, R.D., Pearson Education, New Jersey.
Prerequisite modules: N/A
Other/alternative non-module prerequisites: N/A