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Fall 2020
Aug 15, 2020
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MGMT 575 - Beyond Startup: Mng for Growth
This course was formerly numbered STRT 589. Students who have completed STRT 589 may not register for this course. Early-stage companies are an increasingly important part of the economic landscape. Relative to more mature businesses, these companies typically face a very particular set of challenges, even well beyond the initial launch and proof of concept stages. This class focuses on potential growth companies, typically somewhere between 2 and 5 years from launch, who have customers and revenues but now find themselves facing a new challenge: can it scale? In Beyond Startup: Managing for Growth, students will be exposed to a handful of companies facing this challenge in real-time, and will be expected to develop their own response as if they were a member of the senior team. Topics include: identifying new verticals, entering new markets, growing (or restructuring) the team, attracting funding and other challenges of managing growth. This course is particularly helpful for those students who see themselves joining a startup or growth stage company, and who want to understand what it takes to succeed in this environment. It is also recommended for students who see themselves managing a new business unit within a corporate setting, or for those interested in venture finance who may be evaluating investment opportunities in growth stage companies. The course combines short lectures, guest speakers, student presentations and a final presentation in which students present a set of recommendations to the senior team and board of directors. Each week, students will prepare a case study that focuses on one or more of the challenges of developing a startup into a scalable business. Many of these will be companies that have received investment from local venture funds and investor groups, and whenever possible, students will have the opportunity to discuss their views with members of the actual management team in class.
1.500 Credit hours
1.500 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Management Department

Mutual Exclusion:
This course carries a mutual exclusion with the following courses; you may not enroll in it if you have completed any of the following with a passing grade:
STRT 589

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