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High-tech Entrepreneurship

Programme
The sky isn’t even a limit for to those who understand the merging worlds of technological innovation and business entrepreneurship. Everyone who wants to harness the power of change, to make a good idea great in reality, can make an excellent start at Harbour.Space.

Programme overview

  • 3 years
  • Full-time Duration
  • 19 900 EUR Tuition Fee/Year
  • 180 ECTS ECTS
  • English Language of Instruction
  • All Year Round Application Period

The High-Tech Entrepreneurship programme is the first dedicated BSc programme in the world that blends academics programme, start-up accelerator, venture builder, and real world experience to prepare students to become the next generation of successful high-tech entrepreneurs. Our hands-on programme prepares students to do the analysis and actions required to launch and commercialise a high-tech company.

Students are expected to join the programme with an idea for a start-up they would like to pursue. The programme is divided into stages that logically follow the company’s building progression. Students should be prepared to work in a highly competitive environment that will challenge their skills and perseverance every day.

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1
year

The first year can be seen as a basic starter pack for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. Students enter the programme with an idea they want to make reality. We start with the skills of presenting an idea well – because a lot of genius goes unnoticed in the world simply because an idea is communicated inadequately. Students will work on the basis of Lean/Pitch Canvas frameworks for idea validation, identity and communication strategy and they learn how to make their idea pass the business model test. Students learn how to identify opportunities and obstacles in business entrepreneurship. Furthermore, students are immersed in all the business basics of running a start-up: lean business models, business validation, business plan preparation, USP/SVP identification, etc.

Modules
  • From Zero to Hero
  • Digital Product Development
  • Design Thinking
  • Needs Finding and Concept Creation
  • Lean Start-up
  • The Start-up Garage: Testing and Launch
  • Start-up Company Legal Environment
  • Start-up Ecosystems
  • Writing a Business Plan
  • Identity and Communications
  • Sales Basics
  • The Startup Stack
  • Start-ups for Extreme Affordability
  • Technical Project Management
  • Negotiations
  • Big Data & Emerging Technologies
  • Capstone Project - 1
  • Seminars & Workshops - 1
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2
year

The second year delves deeply dive into building a lean start-up organisation while learning essential strategic and analytical skills. The objective of this academic year is to find the elusive product/market fit and build an MVP. Students are expected to talk to potential customers, learn essential sales techniques, become able to find and test various customer acquisition channels, develop effective messaging and positioning. Teams will be expected to execute their sales and marketing plans, define and build and MVP and test it with early customers. This is often the hardest part of the journey for start-ups and the programmes rigour will expand the abilities of any student and push them to reach their full potential. By the end of the year, students will have an MVP that’s not only validated using frameworks but also tested with early customers. Throughout the process the teams are assisted by mentors and take advantage of opportunities to pitch their ideas to investors and start-up competitions.

Modules
  • New Venture Marketing
  • Digital Assets
  • The Power of Storytelling in Business
  • Customer Acquisition for Start-ups
  • Business Models / Business Model Innovation
  • Hiring & Leading Teams
  • Data Driven Marketing & Sales
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Mobile Marketing
  • Growth Hacking
  • Digital Strategy
  • Building and Managing Email Campaigns
  • Essentials of Strategic Communication
  • Viral Marketing
  • E - Research & Surveys
  • CRM & Loyalty Programmes
  • E- Commerce
  • Selling & Presenting
  • Angel and Venture Capital
  • Early Stage Company Valuation & Financial Modelling
  • Taxes and Business Strategy
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation
  • High-Performance Leadership
  • Programmatic & RTB
  • Capstone Project
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3
year

In the third year, student start-ups will transform into real companies. Student start-ups are expected to have found their product/market fit so they will start scaling, and doubling down on strategies that worked at early stage to turn them into real growth. The third year is essentially about transforming a lean start-up into a scalable venture backed business. Students will learn how to automate and scale into a properly running organisation, how to build high-performing sales teams, how to lead and hire for a fast growing organisation and how to create and nurture company culture as the company grows. In this final year students will be pushed to their limit as they turn their startups into businesses while planning, designing and executing on much more complex strategies as they prepare to raise venture funding, and subsequently become the next unicorn. The year will culminate in a Demo Day where student start-ups will compete in for investors, mentors and the student body.

Modules
  • Master Classes with Leading Practitioners
  • Designing Creative Organisations
  • Managing High Growth Enterprises
  • Building and Managing Professional Sales Organizations
  • Interpersonal Dynamics and Conflict Resolution
  • Global Value Chain Strategies
  • Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Leading Strategic Change
  • Motivation in Start-ups
  • Entrepreneurship from the Perspectives of Women
  • New Business Models in the Emerging Markets
  • Web Scraping for fun and Profit
  • China's Internet Market
  • Data Visualization
  • Capstone Project
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  • 1 year
  • Full-time Duration
  • 22 900 EUR Tuition Fee/Year
  • 90 ECTS ECTS
  • English Language of Instruction
  • All Year Round Application Period

The High-Tech Entrepreneurship programme is the first dedicated MSc programme in the world that blends academics programme, start-up accelerator, venture builder, and real world experience to prepare students to become the next generation of successful high-tech entrepreneurs. Our hands-on programme prepares students to do the analysis and actions required to launch and commercialise a high-tech company.

Students are expected to join the programme with an idea for a start-up they would like to pursue. The programme is divided into stages that logically follow the company’s building progression. Students should be prepared to work in a highly competitive environment that will challenge their skills and perseverance every day.

See full curriculum Programme structure
1
year

This intensive programme is designed for graduate students interested in starting and sustaining a technology business. The programme combines real world experiences with courses on the fundamentals of finance, people management and creative thinking within entrepreneurial environments.

Modules
  • From Zero to Hero
  • Lean Start-up
  • Design Thinking
  • Digital Product Development
  • Technical Project Management
  • The Startup Stack
  • Capstone Project - Alfa Version
  • Sales Basics
  • Hiring & Leading Teams
  • Needs Finding and Concept Creation
  • Customer Acquisition for Start-ups
  • Business Models / Business Model Innovation
  • Capstone Project – MVP version
  • The Power of Storytelling in Business
  • Identity and Communications
  • Building and Managing Professional Sales Organisations
  • Interpersonal Dynamics and Conflict Resolution
  • Global Value Chain Strategies
  • Managing High Growth Enterprises
  • Seminars & Workshops
  • Capstone Project - Demo Day
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Programme leadership

KAMRAN ELAHIAN
Faculty Leader High-tech entrepreneurship

As an Innovation Catalyst, Kamran advises various governments on the needed transition from fossil based economies to sustainable innovation economies.

He also serves as Chairman of the BIT-AMENA Center for Building Innovation Economies at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley; a Global Innovation Economy Advisor to 500 Startups; a Founding Mentor of Unreasonable Institute and a Founding Board Advisor to Harbour.Space University. As a global high-tech Entrepreneur, he co-founded ten companies, three of them failed (e.g. Momenta), six of them produced a total market cap of over $8B (e.g. Cirrus Logic). As a VC, Kamran co-founded Global Catalyst Partners with investments in the U.S., Japan, China, India, Israel and Singapore. Underlying his vision for global philanthropy is the conviction that modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can be instrumental in dissolving barriers between nations and bridging the social and political differences among people. This vision was reflected in Schools-Online, a nonprofit he co-founded in 1996 to connect the world, one school at a time (6400 schools in 36 countries were provided with computers and access to the Internet) and merged with Relief International in 2003; Global Catalyst Foundation, co-founded in 2000 to improve lives through the effective application of ICT, and UN-GAID, a United Nations global forum that promotes ICT in developing countries where he served as Co-Chairman (2009-2011).

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Career path

Every career looks different: it depends on individual aspirations as a well as changes in the industry. We've selected some stories to illustrate and celebrate the diversity of the various career paths.

  • Founder
    Start-up founders are the heart and soul of an entrepreneurial company. They assemble their own team, make the core business decisions and determine the organizational structure. They’re often the main public representative of the business.
  • Product Person
    Product owners are geeks supreme: they build, prototype, analyse traffic test and try. This role is often filled by software engineers and/or ux designers. Their skills include digital design, customer development, working with a team of coders, rapid prototyping, analysing conversion metrics and project management.
  • VP Sales
    Salespeople ride high on the buzz of competition and high achievement. They’re responsible for the direction and management of all sales and business development operations, including ensuring market competitiveness, choosing pricing and compensation options and creating a distribution and channel strategy.
  • VP Business Development
    Business development is the arena of the ‘people person’: the natural networker who makes essential connections with effortless charm. It’s a strategic role that demands the creation and implementation of invisible strategy, and excellent business foresight as well as top-notch negotiation skills are prerequisite.
  • VP Marketing
    The marketing lead in a start-up is a “growth-hacker” by default: they’re capable of implementing long-vision marketing strategies that are fluid and adaptable as business needs change. They’re responsible for corporate marketing, partner/channel marketing, product marketing, and product management.
  • Account Management/ Customer Service
    Account Managers hold the responsibility of nurturing client relationships. They’re highly organised and always have the client’s happiness at heart, enabling long-term fruitful partnerships between their business and others.
  • Phil Libin There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world.
  • Mark Zuckerberg If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.
  • John Gapper Many entrepreneurs, even those who run a tiny business that amounts to self-employment, like their freedom and self-reliance and the possibility that they could become wealthy.

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