Columbia faculty and affiliates teach across the University. Among our key programs are numerous challenges, such as the Dean’s Challenge Grant, EdTech Challenge, and Capstone program, which allow students to employ the skills they’ve learned in the classroom to solving real-life problems. Listed below are Entrepreneurship & Policy related courses and workshops offered at SIPA.
Programming for Entrepreneurs
Strategic, Organizational & Entrepreneurial Management
This course will provide the analytical ability and practical skills to build the right strategy, organization and entrepreneurial culture for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. The methodology of this class is to learn from case studies, leading management texts and insights from practitioners. Students will learn to recognize and develop entrepreneurial skills by examining and analyzing the strategies employed by practicing entrepreneurs in building new ventures. Particular attention is given to the criteria used in analyzing the strategies of international and non-profit new venture ideas. Further focus on negotiations, managing people and organizational culture will be emphasized. Each student is required to develop an entrepreneurial venture focused on a social/non-profit, emerging market or private sector opportunity.
Creating a Social Enterprise
The course will focus primarily on the knowledge and skills required to launch a social enterprise. The class will include an overview of Social Enterprises around the globe and will look at various enterprise models (for profit, non-profit) and their role in the broader market economy. Class time will focus on the analysis of Case Studies and the vetting of real social enterprise business plans. The course will center on a Group Project where teams of three (3) will work together to build a plan for launching their own, new Social Enterprise. In the process, students will learn how to define, design, market, sustain and scale their concept. At the end of the course, students will submit a formal business plan and budget and will present their plan to a panel of experts in the field.
While it is generally thought of to be related to construction, the truth is that Project Management can be applied to any field. It is defined as the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to a broad range of activities in order to meet the requirements of the particular project. A project is an endeavor undertaken to achieve a particular aim. Project management knowledge and practices are best described in terms of their component processes. These processes are: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Controlling and Closing. Knowledge Areas include Scope Management, Time Management, Cost Management, Quality Management, Risk Management, and Change Management. We will discuss all of these elements in the course.
Micro & Small Enterprise Development
The objective of this course is to understand the role of micro and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing economies and to identify and assess a range of policies and programs to promote their development. By tracing the evolution of development thinking in finance and SME development, students will be exposed to the intellectual underpinnings of–and practical tools used in–a wide variety of approaches to SME development. Students will also become familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of the most common private sector development approaches currently being used by donor organizations and committed private sector actors.