High Tech Entrepreneurship

January 19 - February 25, 2019

Saturdays, 17:30 - 20:30 (Madrid time); with some additional meetings with groups in the weeks of January 28, February 4 and February 18.

No class February 23.  Final deliverable due on February 25.

This course provides a forum for the in-depth examination of mindsets, methods, and managerial activities that constitute the practice of High Tech entrepreneurship, from opportunity recognition to growing the venture. While the most visible outcome of this course is a written tech opportunity report, we will also examine entrepreneurship from a managerial perspective, covering different issues that emerge with starting and growing new ventures – be they independent or corporate projects.

The 13 sessions that compose this course aim to give you a well-rounded learning experience, which will enable you to develop skills and apply tools vital in today’s business world, whether you explore it as an entrepreneur or a corporate manager. Theory from readings and lectures serves as a backbone to a range of hands-on experiences through case discussions, coaching sessions, teamwork, and workshops. By keeping the class experience on the interface between theory and practice, the course structure will lead you through the entrepreneurial process, both through others’ (e.g. case studies and your peers) and your own experience (contribution, coaching sessions, opportunity report).

Class Meeting Times (all in Madrid time)

before January 19, 2019 - campus online intro (anytime)

Saturday, January 19, 2019 17.30 - 20.30

Saturday, January 26, 2019, 17.30 - 19.00

Week of Jan 28, 2019 - ongoing and group specific

Saturday, Feb 2, 2019 17.30 - 19.00

Week of Feb 4, 2019 ongoing

Saturday, Feb 9, 2019  17.30 - 19.00

Saturday, Feb 16, 2019  17.30 - 19.00

Week of Feb 18, 2019 ongoing and group specific

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 17.30 Final Deliverable Group Report

About the instructor

Dr. Matthias Tietz joined IE Business School in 2013 as an assistant professor of entrepreneurship. He earned his PhD from the Ivey Business School in Canada. His research focuses on individual, opportunity and organizational intrapreneurship (corporate entrepreneurship). He explores these three areas through the lenses of entrepreneurship, organizational behavior and corporate strategy.

Matthias’s work is published in Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Small Business Economics and practitioner outlets such as the Ivey Business Journal and the Economist.

Matthias regularly presents at prestigious international conferences in the fields of entrepreneurship and strategy, including the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Academy of Management Annual Meetings and the International Council for Small Business Conference.

Prior to his career in academia, Matthias consulted with several companies in Europe, Asia and South America, mostly in the domains of human resources and turnaround management. He has also worked with a number of major corporations, including DHL, Henkel, Sulzer Engineering and P&G.

In addition to his pro bono work with Peruvian entrepreneurs, Matthias has led executive education seminars for managers in China, Macedonia and Russia. His extensive professional experience and international outlook is apparent in the way he teaches his classes.