Business of Software Programs
Fall 2016, Winter 2017

Work Hard, Earn Course Credit, Build a Product

Submission deadline for the fall semester 2016: noon Wednesday August 3, 2016
Submission deadline for the winter semester 2017: noon Wednesday November 2, 2016

Come to an information session at the Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab
located in the Gerstein Science Information Centre, 7 King’s College Circle, 2nd floor

6pm Tuesday July 26, 2016
1pm Wednesday July 27, 2016
 
Questions? Email the Director of the Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab and the Course Instructor Mario Grech: mario@cs.toronto.edu

Are you interested in exploring the high-tech innovation and startup world? Do you want to learn about the nature, structure, and dynamics of the contemporary software industry? This year one of the most highly rated courses by students who have taken it, CSC454/CSC2527 Business of Software, is being offered in each of the fall and the winter semesters to both undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, an optional Capstone Design Project CSC491/CSC2600 course will allow you to build a minimum viable product by the semesters end should you so choose. Please see the details below.


Overview


This 12-week intensive course focuses on the key factors involved in hypothesising, validating and executing a viable business model necessary to launch and sustain a successful software-based business venture. It’s an immersive experience for you and your team.

In the course, you will learn techniques and methodologies that will give you a distinct career advantage after graduation. It is designed to give you a true-to-life experience of the thought and execution process behind successful business ventures, whether you plan on creating your own startup or working for an established employer. In either case, critical business analysis skills complement the computer science skills sought by industry.

You and your team will design a cool, innovative solution to a significant industry problem. This will involve researching your market/customer segment, forming and testing hypotheses, and producing a value proposition that will form the basis for your business model. This process culminates in a business model, financial and business plans, a pitch deck, and a polished pitch that both makes sense in a financial context and resonates with a venture capital (VC) investment audience—the kind of audience who will critique your final product as part of the class.


Details & Objectives


This course is taught by highly experienced entrepreneurial professionals, which brings a real life experiential dimension to it and sets high standards for the students in it because the business world demands nothing less. The final business plan and presentation are judged by the same exacting standards as a potential client or VC, where there is an expectation of excellence. We have an obligation to ensure that your business and innovation creation education is thorough and demanding, and only students who are dedicated and committed to developing mastery over the techniques and methodologies in this course will excel.

Guest speakers and panelists include entrepreneurs and investors who are currently active in the industry. Each will share their unique real-world experiences, insights, and perspectives on the future of software and software entrepreneurship.

Course objectives include a meaningful understanding of:

  • The high-technology business environment in general and the software industry in particular.
  • The business concepts and principles behind creating and launching a successful software venture.
  • How to produce, present, and critique business proposals and plans for software ventures, and how to develop business simulation and forecasting models in support of these plans.
  • How to converse with and present to investors, executives, judging panels, incubators and accelerators.


Upon successful completion of the course, you will have first-hand experience of the stages, processes, and challenges involved in transforming an idea for a software application into an investable business venture, and will be ideally positioned to begin launching your own software venture.


Submission deadline for the fall semester 2016: noon Wednesday August 3, 2016

Submission deadline for the winter semester 2017: noon Wednesday November 2, 2016


Come to an information session at the Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab located in the Gerstein Science Information Centre, 7 King’s College Circle, 2nd floor

6pm Tuesday July 26, 2016

1pm Wednesday July 27, 2016



Questions? Email DCSIL Director and Course Instructor Mario Grech: mario@cs.toronto.edu


Apply HERE