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Clean Energy Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship and venture creation are key agents of innovation within the cleantech sector. This course will examine strategies and methods that are essential for creating and sustaining startups, early-stage companies, and small-business enterprises. Topics include strategic assessment and decision-making; financial, human, and technology resource management; and tools and tactics for marketing specifically geared toward entrepreneurs. Sessions also will include lessons on investments, venture capital, public and private grantmaking opportunities, and other forms of startup capital. The course will conclude with students’ developing and producing a financial model. By the end of the course, students will gain the knowledge and experience necessary to create and operate a lean startup and bring clean technologies to market. The skills gained in this course not only apply to cleantech startups but also can be leveraged for a variety of careers.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An introduction to lean startup operations and culture and creation of a vision that is focused on a scalable problem/solution
  • An understanding of how to develop and implement a customer outreach strategy
  • Knowledge of how to develop clean hardware and software technologies in a lean startup
  • The ability to create a lean manufacturing model with innovative distribution channels and sustainable product life cycles
  • Knowledge of how to fund your lean startup and familiarity with the various stages of growth funding
  • An understanding of when to scale, pivot in, and exit the market

Ideal for

  • Students interested in clean energy
  • Those seeking to work in the energy sector or a related field
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.