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Lecturer: Dr. Ho, Diep, PhD [email protected] (Tel. 0946 317 379, Room A1.305)

Teaching Assistant: TBA

Should the students wish to meet the staff outside the consultation hours, they are advised to make appointment in advance. 

Course Aims:

This course seeks to empower students by providing the knowledge, skills and attitudes to achieve entrepreneurial success in a variety of settings. It places emphasis on the individual’s acumen to realize opportunity, assess risk, and apply the skills necessary to transform innovative ideas into viable, sustainable ventures.

Reuteurs Entrepreneurship and SME Feed

The student will learn the essential skills needed to start and manage a successful new business venture. Topics include: the challenge of entrepreneurship, building a business plan, marketing and financial issues with a start-up company, and how to gain the competitive advantage.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:
  • Describe the entrepreneurial profile and evaluate your potential as an entrepreneur
  • Explain the steps the entrepreneur must complete when starting a new business venture
  • Describe the elements of a solid business plan
  • Complete self-analysis of entrepreneurial competencies
  • Describe key business terms demonstrating overall business knowledge
  • Analyze various new business options
  • Complete a written business plan
  • Demonstrate the keys to making an effective business plan presentation
Prerequisite course:
No prerequisite

Units of Credit:
This course is worth 3 credits. 

Teaching times and Locations:
Lecture time:  Monday 8:00am-11:00am
Venue:  A1.401

Academic Integrity:
Integrity is critical to the learning process and to all that we do here at HCMIU. A student’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Regular and pun
ctual attendance at lectures and seminars is expected in this course. University regulations indicate that if students attend less than eighty per cent of scheduled classes they may be refused final assessment. Exemptions may only be made on medical grounds. 

While we do not 
penalise occasional tardiness, a pattern of repeated unexplained late arrivals and non-attendance shall negatively impact the student's class participation grade. Understandably, job search or other obligations may occasionally conflict with class.  It is each student’s responsibility to find out from his/her classmates what has been missed during the absence.

Homework and other assignments are expected to be completed on time. Late Assignments will not be accepted unless due to documented serious illness or family emergency.

All electronic devices must be turned off prior to the start of each class meeting.

Laptops, tablets, ipad, cell phones, smartphones and other electronic devices are a disturbance to both students and the lecturers.

You need a calculator for this class. A scientific calculator is good enough; you do not need to buy a financial one. As a rule, you will use spreadsheets for homework assignments, and the calculator for the simple examples in class, and, most importantly, for the exams. It is a very bad idea to wait for the last week before buying a calculator.

Study Groups:
It is highly encourage that you regularly review the readings and class notes in a study group. Don’t wait until exam week to set up such a study group. By then it’s too late. You are encouraged to work on the 
problem sets with your study group, but you must hand in your own answers for individual tasks.

Assessment Details:
The final grade is computed as follows:
Class Participation                          25%
Mid-Term Exam          20%
Written Assignment                      55%
No Final Exam
Total                                            100%

Exam shall be open book.

In addition, since I wish to emphasize practical skills, students shall complete an assignment that use actual data--and to reflect how most companies conduct business, students shall form groups to handle these assignments.  Groups shall comprise three to five students – no less, no more. In addition, all group members shall score their team mates on how well they have contributed to the assignment (see "Peer Group Participation Form.doc" in the file cabinet section).

Class participation is important and will be explicitly rewarded (10% of the total grade). Effectively, the class participation grade may change a grade near a cutoff.  While we do not penalise occasional tardiness, a pattern of repeated unexplained late arrivals and non-attendance shall negatively impact the class participation grade.  Understandably, job search or other obligations may occasionally conflict with class.  It is each student’s responsibility to find out from his/her classmates what has been missed during the absence.

Main Textbook: 
  1. Howard H Fredric, Donald F. Kuratko and Richard M. Hodgetts: “Entrepreneurship: Theory – Process & Practice”, Thomson, Edition 2009 or 2014.
  1. Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur: "Business Model Generation", Wiley, 2010.
  2. Richard Dorf, Thomas Byers: "Technology Ventures, From Idea to Enterprise", McGraw Hill, Second edition, 2006.
  3. Kathleen Allen: "Entrepreneurship for dummies", Wiley Publishing, Inc, 2005
  1. Video for lecture 2: 
    1. Lecture 1 - How to Start a Startup (Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz)
    2. Lecture 2 - Team and Execution (Sam Altman)
    3. Mark Zuckerberg at Startup School 2013
  2. Video for lecture 3:
    1. Lecture 4 - Building Product, Talking to Users, and Growing (Adora Cheung, Founder of Homejoy)
    2. Lecture 7 - How to Build Products Users Love (Kevin Hale, Founder of Wufoo)
    3. Lecture 17 - How to Design Hardware Products (Hosain Rahman, CEO and Founder of Jawbone)
  3. Video for lecture 4:
    1. Lecture 5: Competition is For Losers (Peter Thiel, Paypal's Founder, Palantir's Founder and Founders Fund's Founder)
    2. Lecture 6: Growth (Vice President of Growth for Facebook)
  4. Video for Lecture 5:
    1. Lecture 9: How to Raise Money (Marc Andreessen, Andreessen Horowitz's Founder and Netscape's Founder; Ron Conway, SV Angel's Founder; and Parker Conrad, Zenefits' Founder)
  5. Video for Lecture 6:
    1. Lecture 18: Legal and Accounting Basics for Startups (Kirsty Nathoo and Carolynn Levy, Y Combinator Partners)
  6. Video for Lecture 7:
    1. Lecture 12: Building for the Enterprise (Aaron Levie, Founder of Box)
  7. Video for Lecture 8:
    1. Lecture 13: How To Be A Great Founder (Reid Hoffman, Greylock Ventures' Partner and LinkedIn's Founder)