Entreneurship is not just about start-ups. It is a problem-solving frame of mind that requires technical expertise, a business sense, an ability to anticipate the future, and an appreciation of social context. For additional perspectives, you may wish to check out what  Ben Franklin and the Harvard Business School have to say! By the way, can entrepreneurship be taught?

Anyway, if you are interested in entrepreneurship, then the CS MEng program is a great place to be:

Campus Organizations

The Ithaca campus offers many opportunities to learn about entrepreneurship and to establish contacts:

Hang out, go to talks, and make contacts by (tactfully) bragging about your CS talents!

Courses

The CS M.Eng is flexible enough for you to take one or two courses in subjects that support the entrepreneurial mindset, e.g.,

  • INFO 5150           Culture, Law, and Politics of the Internet
  • NCC 5500            Financial Accounting 
  • NCC 5530            Marketing Management 
  • NCC 5560            Managerial Finance
  • NBA 5070            Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers
  • NBA 5640            Entrepreneurship and Business Ownership
  • NBA 6010            Electronic Commerce
  • STS 4071             Law, Science, and Public Values
  • STS 6241             Science, Technology, and International Security
  • STS 6261             Seminar in the History of Technology
  • STS 6321             Inside Technology
  • STS 6661             Public Engagement in Science


Browse Courses of Study for other possibilities and the Course and Time Roster for what is offered during the upcoming  semester.

Ithaca

There is also a growing culture of entrepreneurship in the Ithaca area. Visit the PopShop and Studio West.

Beyond...

Have an idea for a start-up? Consider these questions from YCombinator.com:

  1. What is your company going to make?
  2. Please tell us in one or two sentences about the most impressive thing other than this startup that each founder has built or achieved.
  3. Please tell us about the time you, (applicant-name-here), most successfully hacked some (non-computer) system to your advantage.
  4. Why did you pick this idea to work on? Do you have domain expertise in this area? How do you know people need what you're making?
  5. What's new about what you're making? What substitutes do people resort to because it doesn't exist yet (or they don't know about it)?
  6. Who are your competitors, and who might become competitors? Who do you fear most?
  7. What do you understand about your business that other companies in it just don't get?
  8. How do or will you make money? How much could you make? (We realize you can't know precisely, but give your best estimate.)
  9. How will you get users? If your idea is the type that faces a chicken-and-egg problem in the sense that it won't be attractive to users till it has a lot of users (e.g. a marketplace, a dating site, an ad network), how will you overcome that
  10. If you had any other ideas you considered applying with, please list them. One may be something we've been waiting for. Often when we fund people it's to do something they list here and not in the main application.
  11. Please tell us something surprising or amusing that one of you has discovered. (The answer need not be related to your project.)