24-692   Special Topics: Engineering a Startup: How to Start and Grow a Hardware Company

Location: Pittsburgh

Units: 12

Semester Offered: Fall

Many modern devices are created by entrepreneurs starting their own enterprises. This course will provide a practical foundation for creating a new technology company. Specifically, it focuses on the unique challenges with creating, funding, and scaling a hardware-centric startup, with a heavy focus on examining real world examples of engineered product companies. Topics will include: issues with product development processes in a startup setting, identifying key market differentiators, launching a product to market, fund raising strategies, establishing and scaling manufacturing, and creating and understanding financial statements. This class is geared towards students with no business experience. The class will feature guest speakers with entrepreneurial experience developing and launching high tech products. The class will culminate with student teams creating and presenting an original pitch deck to a review board of entrepreneurs and investors.