Entrepreneurship: Business Plans
Professor: Teresa Nelson
Come listen to Simmons MBA students present their final business plans.This course is the nuts and bolts of thinking through, testing, and presenting a creative plan for launching your own venture, whether that be a new business or social enterprise, or a venture with line authority in an existing organization (for-profit, non-profit, government). Students will use and add to their knowledge of finance, marketing, operations, and strategy to craft a plan thereby integrating their MBA training into a finished, professional product proposing a scalable, sustainable venture with impact (the SOM entrepreneurship program mission). (Note: Many graduates have said this is the best exercise they were given to truly capture the full MBA learning path.) Students will work on an idea of their choosing, or if they do not have a scalable idea at the ready, can develop an idea with the professor or work with a local entrepreneur. For the latter, students must be in touch with the professor at least a month before the first day of class. Three other critical elements of the class beyond development of the plan are presentation skill development, cohort building, and interaction with guest speakers and advisors. Students will refine their skill in presenting a business idea in short (30 second), mid (2-3 minute) and long (10 minute) form. Each student will also be linked with a professional advisor to review the plan and comment before our final, public presentation day, entitled the Raw Business Plan Competition.
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Professor: Indra Guertler
Listen to Simmons MBA students present their final capstone projects. The MBA Financial Capstone course prepares students for any professional career by focusing on issues that are relevant to all organizations: principled leadership, governance, and past financial performance and future expected financial goals. Students will practice leadership and financial analysis, and then share their recommendations through written analysis, dialogues and presentations. Critical thinking skills will be used for the choice and justification of the assumptions underlying all forecasts - most forecasting will be done with prepared spreadsheet models that students will be allowed to augment and improve.
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