Entrepreneurship & Venture Mgt (EVM)
EVM 4040 Social Entrp in Global Mrkt (4 Credits)
This is a dynamic hybrid course with online readings, cases, quizzes, and blogs, as well as in-class experiential interactions with social enterprises in the community. The distance component of this course is guest speakers from other countries. Students will have the opportunity to network, interact, and work with local social enterprises. A value added component of this course is the coverage of global and cross-cultural concepts and issues critical for successfully running social enterprises in a global context.
EVM 4350 Big Challenges, Big Solutions: The Emerging Start-Up (4 Credits)
Students in the experiential course will start a firm in which they formulate an idea, gather basic data, formulate hypotheses, and then test these hypotheses with potential market participants. Students are likely to pivot several times in this course as the experimentation process helps them shape the emerging firm.
EVM 4351 Designing the Start-Up (4 Credits)
In this class, students will develop an executive summary that outlines the core business concept and the type of governance that will be needed, how the business will scale both in terms of product/service and customers This executive summary will be used to fund the business and determine how the business will be funded-friends and family, credit cards, second mortgages, crowd funding, angel, or VC.
EVM 4355 Entrepreneurship: Ideation to Creation (1-2 Credits)
Entrepreneurship is designed as a general introduction to sustainable entrepreneurship and the application of basic business skills to the creation of innovative enterprises which incorporate renewable, reusable and sustainable approaches to business. Sustainability is unleashing a new wave of innovative and disruptive forces to create new profitable business enterprises. In this course, through a combination of lectures, discussion, outside speakers and practical exercises, we will explore the creation of new enterprises that embrace the triple bottom line of profits, people and planet. It will culminate in a new venture pitch at Denver Startup Week. (BUS 4610 Pre Req).
EVM 4356 Entrepreneurship II: Ideation to Creation (1 Credit)
Entrepreneurship II builds on Entrepreneurship I, requiring students to use their knowledge of sustainable entrepreneurship and the application of basic business skills to create an innovative enterprise which incorporates renewable, reusable and sustainable approaches to business. This is the second of two classes, taken with at least one quarter separating EVM 4355 and EVM 4356.
EVM 4360 Entrepreneurship: Ideation to Creation (2 Credits)
Entrepreneurship is designed as a general introduction to sustainable entrepreneurship and the application of basic business skills to the creation of innovative enterprises which incorporate renewable, reusable and sustainable approaches to business. Sustainability is unleashing a new wave of innovative and disruptive forces to create new profitable business enterprises. In this course, we will explore the creation of new enterprises that embrace the triple-bottom line of profits, people and planet. Students are then required to use their knowledge of sustainable entrepreneurship and the application of basic business skills to create an innovative enterprise which incorporates renewable, reusable and sustainable approaches to business.
EVM 4402 Creating Your Digital Presence (1 Credit)
LinkedIn isn’t enough. Your digital presence is a reflection of you, personally and professionally that expands to many social venues online. Your goal is to show customers, strategic partners and stakeholders who you are with a focus on authenticity and transparency. We’ll cover content best practices and how your personal brand parallels your business's digital presence. This is a fun class and times goes very fast!.
EVM 4407 The Perfect Pitch (1 Credit)
Essential to most new business ventures is the ability to raise capital, initially from friend/families, angel investors, and then from venture capitalists (VCs). The capital raising process usually starts with the “pitch”, a presentation that is compelling, exciting, informative, and addresses what funds are required by the venture, how they will be used, and how the investor will financially benefit from their investment.
Pitching is an important part of sales, which can be applied towards most aspects of life where major decisions are to be made, especially by a group or committee. It is the process of collecting your persuasive thoughts and the proper ability of presenting them, drawing your audience towards a conclusion, ideally one that you want to have happen.
This course will help you learn how to pitch, and ultimately create a perfect pitch for your new business venture or other life goals. We will review the elements of both successful and unsuccessful historical pitch presentations, plus elements of ones that you create during the class.
EVM 4413 Design Thinking (1 Credit)
Design Thinking is a creative problem solving process that builds your ability to first see and then solve human-centered opportunities. It starts with empathically looking at frustrations inside and around your organization, then moves through a variety of brainstorming sessions to build customer centric solutions. Design Thinking is a wonderful tool to help you monetize the human capital in your organization. Once we know the process, we will ask students to bring real challenges into the classroom where we will use Design Thinking to build potential new products, services and solutions.
EVM 4414 Market Discovery & Product Market Fit (1 Credit)
Market discovery is about identifying opportunities that you believe are worth exploring. Some markets have already been established; others have yet to be created. Is the product right for the market? Is the market right for the product you want to build? This course is for people who are eager to use their existing ideas or develop new ideas to improve an existing market or discover a new market. We will study the market discovery and product-market fit for companies such as Uber, AirBnB, Tesla, Snap and Slack. You will learn how to quickly identify and test product-fit for your target market.
EVM 4417 Branding & Messaging (1 Credit)
Branding is an essential element for any startup. Your brand is created by you and grows as your business grows. It’s more than a logo, colors, and fonts contained in a style guide. It’s the experience that you create for your customers. It’s something your business should aspire to. Something memorable. And as you work though this course, you will get an understanding of what it takes to build the brand for your business.
EVM 4420 Cloud Technologies (1 Credit)
Welcome to the Cloud! What is the cloud, is it a thing, a concept, a nifty term? If you are starting a new business, thinking about starting a new business or improving the efficiencies in an existing business, you need to understand the available technologies and tools in the Cloud. Where do I host my website, how do I handle accounting, where is the email server, how do I track customers, how do I share information, what tools are available for customer support? These are just a few questions the Cloud will solve efficiently and cost effectively. The Cloud has dramatically changed the competitive landscape for startups by reducing the cost of starting a new business. The Cloud removes costly equipment, software and support expenditures; with the Cloud, you pay for what you use. This course will focus on identifying, analyzing, and implementing Cloud technologies to help run your business. Here are some of the topics we will explore and discuss: flexible costs, how and when to implement these tools, is your data safe, comparing similar services, improving collaboration.
EVM 4700 Funding the Business (2,4 Credits)
This course will focus exclusively on financing the business, including crowdfunding, angel investments, and private equity, the documents needed for such funding and the valuation of the firm as a result of funding.
EVM 4704 Topics in EVM (1-8 Credits)
EVM 4710 Innovation/Creativity-Business (4 Credits)
Cross listed with EVM 3710.
EVM 4980 Internship (1-5 Credits)
EVM 4991 Independent Study (1-10 Credits)
EVM 4992 Directed Study (1-4 Credits)