Welcome to the ENGR 145 course website and syllabus for Winter 2019 at Stanford University

This course examines the fundamentals of technology entrepreneurship as practiced in Silicon Valley and similar innovation regions around the globe. All undergraduate students at Stanford University of any major are encouraged to join us (no graduate students please). This particular website is intended only for Engineering 145 (E145) at Stanford University led by Professor Tom Byers in the winter quarter term of 2019 (and then again in the winter quarter of 2020). E145 is also offered in other quarters in 2019 and 2020 by these wonderful instructors: Chuck Eesley in autumn quarter of 2019 in BOSP-Hong Kong, Rebeca Hwang in summer quarter of 2019, and Chuck Eesley again in the spring quarter of 2020.

Please feel free to view the one-page Course Syllabus and comprehensive details of each of the 20 sessions via the menu on the left side of this home page. Also the 3-minute video shown above for an overview of the course. It introduces some of the people involved in teaching the course as well as students who took the course in the past.

Please note class sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30AM-10:20AM. This course has a limited enrollment, so preference will be given to juniors and seniors so they have a chance to take the course before graduation. In order to be considered for E145 in Winter 2019, you must register on Axess and attend the first day of class on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 8:30AM. A short application will be distributed at that first session. We aim to then notify each applicant of their status (admitted, waitlisted, or not admitted) as soon as possible later that day. We will clear the waitlist at the beginning of class (8:30AM) on Thursday, January 10, 2019. All admitted students must be in attendance on that date to retain their status. Please review the Information and Policies pages and the Session 1: Course Overview and Silicon Valley page.

Students interested in learning more about entrepreneurship should consider enrolling in any of the other courses listed on the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) website including MS&E 472, Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar, which is a one-unit course featuring a different speaker each week of the term and welcomes auditors.

Expanded Course Description from Axess:

How does the entrepreneurship process enable the creation and growth of high-impact enterprises? Why does entrepreneurial leadership matter even in a large organization or a non-profit venture? What are the differences between just an idea and true opportunity? How do entrepreneurs form teams and gather the resources necessary to create a successful startup? Mentor-guided projects focus on analyzing students' ideas, case studies allow for examining the nuances of innovation, research examines the entrepreneurial process, and expert guests allow for networking with Silicon Valley's world-class entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. For undergraduates of all majors with interest in startups the leverage breakthrough information, energy, medical and consumer technologies. No prerequisites. Limited enrollment.

Moreover, the course examines the fundamentals of technology entrepreneurship because technology is a good proxy for any high-potential, high-growth enterprise.  We illustrate the concepts with examples from the early stages of Silicon Valley technology firms (e.g., Apple, 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 undergraduate students only. 4 units credit. The course is based upon a required textbook
by Byers, Dorf & Nelson, Technology Ventures, McGraw-Hill, 5th Edition, 2019. Visit that link for least expensive purchase options. And try Chegg here for discounted digital rental pricing. Two copies of the 5th Edition are on reserve at the Terman Library in Huang Engineering Center.

Students with Documented Disabilities:

Students who may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability must initiate the request with the Office of Accessible Education (OAE). Professional staff will evaluate the request with required documentation, recommend reasonable accommodations, and prepare an Accommodation Letter for faculty dated in the current quarter in which the request is made. Students should contact the OAE as soon as possible since timely notice is needed to coordinate accommodations. The OAE is located at 563 Salvatierra Walk (phone: 650-723-1066, web: http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/oae).