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Unit description

Critically analyses the role of the founder from business startup to maturity. Students explore the evolution of the startup process and build their entrepreneurial knowledge across various contexts of leadership, building teams, managing external stakeholders, executing strategy and financing.  

Unit content

PART ONE: Starting a Business

Week 1: The Startup Process (A walk through the contemporary approach to starting a business)

Weel 2: Understanding Entrepreneurs (An enquiry into the traits and behaviours of an entrepreneur)

Week 3: Founders in profile (a look at entrepreneurs in profile about the above weeks)

Week 4: Do you really want to do this?

 

PART TWO: Evolution through the startup process

Week 5: Leadership through the startup process (maintaining motivation in uncertain early stage)

Week 6: Organisation design through the startup process: Building Startup teams (internal) (co-founders and first 5)

Week 7: Managing external stakeholders (boards, funders, customers)

Week 8: Strategy and execution in startups vs mature companies (searching for a business model versus executing one effectively)

Week 9: Finance through the startup process

 

PART 3: Letting go and exit

Week 10: Leadership from startup to maturity

Week 11: Letting go (Founder transition away from business)

Week 12: Self-awareness and reflection: Where to from here? (awareness work about students’ capabilities and what that means for future entrepreneurial pursuit)

 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1Demonstrate a critical understanding of the startup evolution and role of the entrepreneur in searching for a viable business modelCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
2Develop awareness and understanding of the multiple functions of the business startup to maturity processCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
3Understanding the role of communication, teamwork and stakeholder engagement in building a successful businessCommunication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the startup evolution and role of the entrepreneur in searching for a viable business model
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. Develop awareness and understanding of the multiple functions of the business startup to maturity process
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. Understanding the role of communication, teamwork and stakeholder engagement in building a successful business
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Teaching and assessment

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