Contact: Alisyn Maggiora, Western Washington University Extended Education, at (360) 650-3717 or Alisyn.Maggiora@wwu.edu
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics will offer an entrepreneurship methods evening course this spring which is open to the general public.
Lean Startup & Entrepreneurship Methods is a cutting edge course which allows participants to gain real, hands-on experience in creating a startup business. Participants will work in groups with other students. Projects in the course are treated as real startups, not simulations.
This is a practical class – essentially a lab, not a theory or “book” class. The course goal, within the constraints of a classroom and a limited amount of time, is to create an entrepreneurial experience with all of the pressures and demands of the real world in an early stage start up.
Students will get their hands dirty talking to customers, partners and competitors, as they encounter the chaos and uncertainty of how a startup actually works. Participants will learn how to use a business model, to brainstorm each part of a company and customer development, and to get out of the classroom to see if the startup product is viable. Finally, based on the customer and market feedback gathered, students will use agile development to rapidly iterate the product to build something customers would actually use and buy.
This three credit course is taught by Robin Halliday, partner at Bellingham Innovation Group and co-chair of Technology Alliance Group Northwest, and Joseph Jarzembowski, principal, Arch Consulting Northwest. Classes occur Tuesday evenings with two Thursday evening workshops. Classes begin Tuesday, April 2.
To find out more, attend an info session at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 in Western Washington University Communications Facility Room 314 or at 6 p.m.on Tuesday, March 12 at the Port of Bellingham Technology Development Center, at 1000 F St. in Bellingham.