“Do you have a new business or social enterprise idea? This program helps you develop a comprehensive venture plan while strengthening your entrepreneurial thinking through a blend of cutting-edge theory and practice in startup design, entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership.”
Jack McGourtyFaculty Director
Hear from faculty director Jack McGourty as he introduces the program.
“The Launch Your Startup course helped me understand and work on what is required to start a successful and sustainable business. It comprises every aspect which is needed and gives great guidance, delivered by a world-class faculty.”
Claus BraunerSenior HR BP at Allianz SE
“The program is complete — it takes you from the idea to timeline to launch. I am also impressed by the professor's video feedback. He took time to read the decks and give precise insight.”
Martin LabrecqueManaging Director, Senior Relations Management at Desjardins Capital Markets
“The program really helped me better structure my business idea and bring it from idea to a plan. I very much appreciated the personal/individual feedback of [faculty director] Jack McGourty, which gave me additional impulses to challenge some aspects of my idea.”
Benno LeuenbergerFounder, CEO of akksel
Years of Management Experience
Adjunct Professor of Business, Management Division
Director of Community and Global Entrepreneurship
For more than 20 years, Jack McGourty has been an active member of Columbia University's entrepreneurial community, establishing an undergraduate minor in tech entrepreneurship, teaching core and advanced courses in entrepreneurship, and launching the federally funded Columbia University-Harlem Small Business Development Center, offering technical assistance to local entrepreneurs and small business owners.
McGourty is the founder and director of Venture for All®, a global program designed to educate aspiring entrepreneurs and build capacity for high-potential startup ventures in emerging markets, with the ultimate goal to enhance entrepreneurial ecosystems in support of regional innovation and economic development.
Over the years, his research findings into product development processes and product innovation have been implemented by a number of industrial and government organizations including 3M, Allied Signal, AT&T, Becton Dickinson, Chrysler, Dow Chemical, Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Honeywell, Intel, Lipton, Lucent Technologies, Merck, Panasonic, and the U.S. Army.
McGourty is the recipient of the Columbia Engineering School’s Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award and Columbia Business School’s Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He is also co-author of the upcoming Wiley publication, Patterns of Entrepreneurship Management, 6th Edition.
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