151-0243-00L  New Enterprises for Engineers

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersR. S. Abhari
Periodicityyearly recurring course
CourseDoes not take place this semester.
Language of instructionEnglish


151-0243-00 GNew Enterprises for Engineers
Does not take place this semester.
3 hrsR. S. Abhari

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AbstractTransforming Needs to opportunities for new technology enterprises.
- Links between entrepreneurship and product development/engineering.
- Sales, marketing, financing, and growth. Detailed Plans and execution.
- Survival through cash flow management.
- Human issues in new enterprise
- Alignment of interests.
- Transition of enterprises along growth path
- http://www.NEFE.ethz.ch
ObjectiveTransforming Needs to Business Enterprises

Goals of the course:
- Propose the role of Needs-Driven Opportunities for new technology enterprises
- Explore links between entrepreneurship and engineering; such as problem solving, planning, system analysis, can-do attitude!
- Making it happen- through sales, marketing, planning, staffing, implementation, financing, and growth. Detailed Plans and execution
- Survival (and success) through cash flow management
- Explore the human issues in any new enterprise
- Alignment of interests between providers of value (founders and staff, VC’s) and the providers of capital (Angels, VC’s, Corporation)
- Transformations of enterprises along growth path
Weekly lectures including discussions of international case studies
Exercises to develop and present modules of new plans
Extensive class interactions capped with presentation by each (group) student of new enterprise plan

Please see http://www.NEFE.ethz.ch
Lecture notesCourse material will be communicated to the students prior to the start of each class for download.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course is primarily for engineering and natural science students at all levels who are interested in participating in the initiation or growth of a new enterprise. The new enterprise could be stand -alone start up or a new business unit for an existing enterprise.

The class is practical in nature but emphasizes the basic understanding of the parameters that significantly contribute to the success of a new enterprise. It will be highly interactive with special selected guests from Selected guests from; companies founder, venture capital and business angel, and large corporation executive. Class attendance and active participation is required.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersR. S. Abhari, A. Gawlikowska
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationFinal grades are based on a mixture of:
- attendance (10%)
- excercises (30%)
- final report and presentation (60%)

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Mechanical Engineering MasterEnergy, Flows and ProcessesWInformation