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Technology Entrepreneurship Part 1

Chuck Eesley, Assistant Professor, Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University
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Technology Entrepreneurship (TE)

TE introduces the fundamentals of technology entrepreneurship pioneered in Silicon Valley and now spreading globally.

This is an online course where participants are learning in teams and practicing entrepreneurship through concrete projects, some of which have become real products/services.

With more than 200,000 students throughout 8 sessions, TE has grown into a worldwide community of entrepreneurs learning the best startup methodologies and developing their ideas. Many of the alumni are continuing to build their startups beyond the class and mentoring teams in new cohorts.

We now offer 4 regular runs of the class, one each quarter, split in two sessions, TE1, focused on early idea validation, and TE2, oriented toward product market fit.

Technology Entrepreneurship Part 1

This is the first part of TE with a focus on zooming in on your customers and their needs. By the end of this class you will have a clear understanding of who your ideal customers are, what problem they are dying for you to answer to and how to answer it. You will also build a low fidelity prototype to start testing your value proposition.


Professor Chuck Eesley

Chuck Eesley

Assistant Professor, Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University

Is it for me?

Whether you have an idea of product/service or not, Technology Entrepreneurship will help you develop your entrepreneurial mindset and show you how to begin taking an idea to market. On top of that you will have the opportunity to connect with talented people across the globe and form a team potentially leading to a real startup.

At its core, TE is a group and project driven course so we are asking participants to be clear on their availability and goals. You will select your level of participation when completing your profile between the following ones (you can change category throughout the course):

  • Observer, I'm just here to check what it is about. Less than a hour per week
  • Learner, I'm here to complete the course with a limited amount of available time. 2hrs to 5hrs per week
  • Entrepreneur, I'm really serious about this and will dedicate a good part of my time to it. > 5hrs


Part one is starting from zero so you need nothing more than an open mind and be hunger for entrepreneurship and building something great.

Program content

These are the area that will be covered in TE 1:

  • idea brainstorming, how to come up with many ideas and select the best one
  • identifying your customers and their needs, understanding who your customers are and which of their problems/needs you are answering to.
  • prototyping and testing, building a low-fidelity prototype to visualize your solution and test your value proposition with your customers.
  • pitching, presenting the fruits of your work on this idea validation phase to your peers.

In addition, several activities will be proposed including a Twitter chat with an entrepreneur, and a Pitch Battle for the 5 most voted final projects in front of the staff and an investor.