2 terms, non-solid, 1 credit
Prerequisites: Students must take Foundations in Innovation, Applications of Innovation, and The Corporate Challenge before taking this course.
This two-term solid seminar course combines academic research and economic, social, or environmental innovation. There are two tracks to this honors seminar:
Students who take this track are required to arrive with an economic, social, or environmental solution in mind. They will conduct comprehensive research of the related contexts to their idea in anticipation of creating a viable product to sell or business to run. The first Term of this track will culminate with students presenting their research in the form of an annotated bibliography and during a formal presentation in front of relevant stakeholders. The second Term of this track will require students to launch their solution as a minimum viable product. An introduction of the product or solution will be made at the “Rubin X” conference.
Students who select this track are focused on a deep analysis of a business (past or present). In line with entrepreneurism, this analysis will present an exposition of the relevant attributes of the business (e.g. finance, management, marketing, human resources, operations) that led to both successes and failures. This analysis should also capture the business philosophy used by the leader(s) of the company. Term 1 will end with students presenting, through their chosen medium, the analysis of the business. Term 2 will provide students the time and space to incubate an idea with the outcome of a viable product or solution at the end of the second term of work.