After thoroughly enjoying my role as Entrepreneur in Residence for the Centre for Enterprise and Law, Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor for the past two years, I have moved to a new role:
Lean Startup Advisor for the Odette School of Business
This new position started earlier last month (September) and it is already a lot of fun. Three very brave and innovative professors have started two new programs. The first is an interdisciplinary business and engineering experience that is unique in Canada at the undergraduate level. Dr. Francine Schlosser from business and Dr. Zbigniew Pasek from engineering are teaching the class together with almost 300 students in their second year.
We are taking groups of engineers and business students and asking them to create new ideas for products. It is an experience in startup entrepreneurship, soft skills training and learning by doing real life innovating.
I get to support and mentor them in use of the Business Model Canvas and the Customer Discovery methodologies we use in our business.
The second class is smaller group combining fourth year and graduate level students in business and engineering. Dr. Schlosser has partnered with Dr. Urbanic from the engineering faculty to jointly teach this class. This is a great group of young energetic minds who already embrace entrepreneurship from many different perspectives, points of view and thinking styles. We will be taking the Lean Launchpad methodology much deeper with this group and challenge them to create a real business model to commercialize a great idea into a viable business.
In summary, a lot of university students will be stepping pretty far out of their comfort zones this term. My hat is off to the innovative professors Dr. Schlosser, Dr. Pasek and Dr. Urbanic who will courageously take them there!
Only great things will come from this adventure and I am delighted to be a part of it.
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