This postgraduate course explores key challenges faced when one aspires to translate scientific and technological ideas into globally marketable
products or services and embark on innovation-driven enterprise entrepreneurship, with a focus on software and Internet-based businesses.
The course is open to postgraduate and Ph.D. students of the University of Cyprus. Students will develop knowledge and skills to understand and be able to address a variety of issues faced by startup founders and chief
technology officers who need to innovate at the boundaries of information technology and business by understanding both perspectives.
Instructor: Professor Marios D. Dikaiakos. Director of Centre
Web: http://www.cs.ucy.ac.cy/mdd, Tel.: 22-892720,
Office: ΘΕΕ01-012, Office Hours: Friday, 12:00-13:30 or by appointment. Follow @dikaiakos Teaching Assistant: Odysseas Economides
Office: ΧΩΔ02-C4E-005, Office hours: Wednesday, 14:00-15:00 Prerequisites: none Lectures: Monday, 16:30-19:30. Room 016, ΧΩΔ02. Recitation: Wednesday, 14:00-15:00. Room 007, ΧΩΔ02. Online Forum:piazza.com/ucy.ac.cy/fall2019/cs683/home
Students will engage in the study of and experimentation with acknowledged methodologies for innovation-driven entrepreneurship and
associated tools, pursuing the translation of their ideas into entrepreneurial endeavors. In particular, during the course students
will review and explore, through lectures, invited talks, discussions, videos, reading and writing assignments, and practice:
The key stages of turning an idea or invention into a commercial product.
The 24 steps if MIT's Disciplined Entrepreneurship methodology.
The Lean Product Methodology for creating Minimum Viable Products and Rapid Customer Feedback.
The Business Model Canvas methodologies in Information Technology and Scientific application contexts.
Overview of techniques for creative ideation and design of software applications, products and services, such as Design Thinking,
Innovators’ Compass, and Sprint.
Basics of Intellectual Property.
Aspects of team formation and management: attracting talent, hiring and firing, team management.
Collaboration, ideation and rapid prototyping tools.
Financials and financing options for start-ups.
Fund-raising, preparation of pitch decks and pitching in front of investors.