Welcome to the ENGR 145 (E145) course website for Autumn 2014.

The class examines the fundamentals of technology entrepreneurship as practiced in Silicon Valley and similar innovation regions around the globe. This website is under construction for the course Engineering 145 at Stanford University to be given by Professor Tom Byers in the autumn quarter of 2014. E145 is also given in other quarters by a collection of wonderful instructors.

See Axess for location. Note this course meets only on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8AM-9:50AM (no class sessions on Mondays).

How do you create a successful start-up? What is entrepreneurial leadership in a large firm? What are the differences between an idea and true opportunity? How does an entrepreneur form a team and gather the resources necessary to create a great enterprise? By engaging in a mentor-guided project focused on developing their own startup ideas, students are immersed in the nuances of innovation and early-stage entrepreneurship. This course also provides students with case studies, research on the entrepreneurial process, and the opportunity to network with Silicon Valley's top entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. For undergraduates of all majors who seek to understand the formation and growth of startups in areas such as information, energy, medical and consumer technologies.

Moreover, the course examines the fundamentals of technology entrepreneurship because technology is a good proxy for any high-potential, scalable enterprise.  We illustrate the concepts with examples from the early stages of Silicon Valley technology firms (e.g., HP, Intel, Google, Facebook, and Genentech) and similar firms around the globe. How did these successful companies develop enterprises that have had such positive impact, sustainable performance, and longevity?  In fact, the course's major principles are applicable to any growth-oriented, high-potential venture, including nonprofit enterprises such as the World Economic Forum in Geneva and the Gates Foundation in the USA.

No prerequisites are necessary.  For information on registering for the course, please refer to Axess.

View an overview of this syllabus as a PDF