ENT Courses & Codes – Current courses from DS Centre for Entrepreneurship, IITB
ENT 201/603 – Introduction to Entrepreneurship (A.Y. 2014-15 onwards)
ENT 206/608 – Developing a Proof of Concept (Advanced) (A.Y. 2015-16)
ENT 204/606-Developing a Proof of Concept ; (A.Y. – 2015-16);
ENT 208/602 – Technology Venture Creation
ENT 207/605 – Business Fundamentals for Technopreneurs (2017-18 onwards) – 3 Credits
ENT 210/604 – Marketing for Entrepreneurs (A.Y. 2016-17) – 3 Credits
ENT 209/607 – Managing Technological Innovation (2017-18 onwards) – 3 Credits
ENT 205/601 – IP for Entrepreneurs (A.Y. 2016-17) – 3 Credits
The Centre aims to support aspiring students in the process of ideation and start-up creation from very early stage. The courses are inter-disciplinary and teams with complementary skills are encouraged. Thus, the courses have a two-pronged approach – academic input and evaluation as per Institute norms and start-up creation which goes beyond the semester boundaries.
All the courses offered by the Centre for Entrepreneurship are open to all the students in all departments from II year up to Ph.D. levels. Thus, all the courses have dual numbering in the 2XX & 6XX series. The courses can be tagged as Minor, Institute Elective or Additional Learning, based on Institute norms for tagging. The ENT Minor is for B.Tech. and Dual Degree Students as per Institute norms. All aspects of the start-up creation and operation, right from ideation, team-building, customer discovery and validation, problem definition, product design, prototyping and commercialization are introduced through the courses. If you have an idea or a wish to work on a start-up, the courses provide the right guidance and inputs through the semester and the required handholding later on.
Micro-grants are available for product development under the Proof of Concept Courses and Technology Venture Creation. The grants are provided mainly for efforts towards product design and development and are released as per institute norms after the due approvals.
In addition to the course curriculum, the sessions during all the courses include interactive speaker sessions from entrepreneurs from IITB as well as others.
Autumn Semester Courses – Academic Year 2019-20
The four courses in the Autumn Semester are focussed on the basics so that students get an overview of the start-up life cycle and an understanding of start-up creation. Field work, assignments and a start-up project presentation are mandatory in all the courses. The courses in the Spring Semester are focussed upon definite outcomes from the various classroom exercises.
It is advisable to take the basic courses in the Autumn Semester, before choosing courses in the Spring Semester. While the overall objective is start-up creation, the foundation courses help students get acquainted with the expectations from these courses. However, students may opt for the Spring Semester courses directly.
1. ENT 201/603- Introduction to Entrepreneurship (Full Semester Course)
This course provides an overview of the start-up lifecycle right from ideation to customer discovery, validation and Business Model design. The concepts include an introduction to concepts and overview of entrepreneurship, business models and Business Model Canvas, Value Proposition, Marketing, IP, Communication Skills, interactions with entrepreneurs and investors. This course will have the mid-semester and end-semester examination, start-up project and assignments.
2. ENT 204/606 – Developing a Proof of Concept (Full Semester Course)
This is a project based course and involves workshops in the Lab where you gain hands on experience in fundamental skills required for product development. The expected output is a product designed after learning from the workshops, and concept and product development for your own start-up idea. Both will be evaluated and considered for the overall grade in the course.
3. ENT 207/605 – Business Fundamentals for Technology Entrepreneurs (First Half-Semester Course)
This short course runs like a boot-camp and walks you through the basic business fundamentals that you need to know for your own start-up development. These include inputs in management, sales, marketing, finance, operations, product development, business ethics and communication skills.
4. ENT 209/607 – Managing Technological Innovation (Second Half-Semester Course)
This course starts after the mid-semester examinations and emphasizes on rapid prototyping to prove your concept and product idea. The discipline of innovation, relevant concepts about innovation, technology development, product development etc are introduced through interesting case studies of entrepreneurs from India as well as classroom and lab based activities.
Spring Semester Courses – Academic Year 2019-20
Four courses are offered in the Spring Semester. There are similarities in the courses by design however the expected output differs. While an overview of the start-up life cycle and an understanding of start-up creation is given, the rigor is much higher. As in Autumn Semester courses, field work, assignments and a start-up project presentation are mandatory in all the courses. Credit is given for action taken towards venture creation. Thus, the courses in the Spring Semester are focused upon definite outcomes from the various classroom exercises.
1. ENT 208/602- Technology Venture Creation (Full Semester Course)
This course provides an overview of the start-up lifecycle right from ideation to team building, customer discovery, validation, Business Model Canvas, Cost Structure, Financials, Operations, product development, and venture creation. Topics include an introduction to concepts and overview of entrepreneurship, business models and Business Model Canvas, Value Proposition, Marketing, IP, Communication Skills, interactions with entrepreneurs and investors.
Evaluation for this course includes the mid-semester exam and a series of presentations throughout the semester for ongoing understanding of your start-up efforts. It is advisable to have a team and a technology based idea before starting this course. Good for teams working on start-ups to sign up.
2. ENT 206/608 – Developing a Proof of Concept - Advanced (Full Semester Course)
This is a project based course and involves workshops in the Lab where you gain hands on experience in fundamental business skills required for venture creation. The expected output is a product designed for your own start-up idea. Teams will be evaluated based on the product development efforts during the course.
3. ENT 210/604 – Marketing for Entrepreneurs (First Half-Semester Course)
This power-packed course is also designed like a boot-camp and provides insights into the nuances of sales and marketing, right from psychological need analysis to social media marketing. Evaluation again is project based, and credit is given towards effort on the ground. The end-semester examination is more a test of your ability to apply the concepts covered rather than a memory test.
4. ENT 205/601 – Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs (Second Half-Semester Course)
This course starts after the mid-semester examinations and emphasizes on IP awareness. Topics like IP Rights, Types of IP, IP Protection in India and globally are introduced through some landmark case studies in this domain. Evaluation comprises a quiz, case studies and an end-semester examination.