In the new Technology Business Startup Practices course, aspiring technology entrepreneurs will learn how to launch a successful technology company. Students will learn how to evaluate ideas for potential viability, turn ideas into a business, and identify and avoid mistakes. They will also learn how to form an advisory board and seek funding from angel and venture capitalists.
The course is offered through the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences in partnership with LISTnet (Long Island Software & Technology Network), a member-supported organization that connects companies, educators, and government to promote Long Island as a national center for software and technology. The course is open to any undergraduate major and counts as a required degree-related elective for computer science, electrical and computer engineering, electrical and computer engineering technology, and information technology majors.
Instructors Paul Trapani, president of LISTnet, and Peter Goldsmith, chairman of LISTnet, will focus on the many facets entrepreneurs must manage to grow revenue. Students will also hear from guest speakers, including successful CEOs and professionals who are experts in law, accounting, marketing, sales, and HR, who will give them the skills, knowledge, and tools to succeed as technology entrepreneurs.