COMM 486W - Creative Destruction Lab Venture Program
The Creative Destruction Lab Venture Program is a 6-credit course in entrepreneurship in which students will work with the Creative Destruction Lab West (CDL-West) team to help emerging technology and science focused start-ups. Students will become familiar with the CDL-West companies and will have the opportunity to support with market analysis, customer development, financial analysis, and other core activities related to building early stage start-ups. Students will be provided with visibility into how venture capitalists and angel investors make investment decisions. This course can be used toward Year 4 Entrepreneurship option requirements.
We recommend that you learn more about the CDL program by visiting creativedestructionlab.com as well as reading these news releases and articles:
- UBC and University of Toronto partner to launch western arm of leading tech venture accelerator
- Creative Destruction Lab West: Helping create next generation entrepreneurs
- Creative Destruction Lab's second Super Session is an intense two-day startup testbed
Admission to this course is by application only. The course is restricted to students in Year 4. Prior to the 2019 winter session, COMM 486W was a 3-credit course.
To apply for the 2020 winter session cohort, complete the online application by Wednesday, May 6, 2020.
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CDL-West is an expansion from the original Creative Destruction Lab at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, a program that has created more than $5.0 Billion in equity value in eight years targeting companies that have the potential to transform our social, industrial, and economic landscape. The CDL is one of the world’s premier seed stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures. Notable graduates include: thalmic.com, nymi.com, atomwise.com, deepgenomics.com, otilumionics.com and others.
The goal of the course is to provide students with knowledge and hands-on experience helping build high potential venture-scale start-ups based on a solid foundation of technology and/or science and engineering. Students will become familiar with the CDL-West companies and will have the opportunity to support them with market analysis, customer development, financial analysis, and other core activities related to building early stage start-ups. Students will also get some insight in how angel investors (and VCs) make investment decisions. Indeed, the work students do for ventures will be seen by the mentors/investors in the CDL program, and influence their investment decisions and the progress of the ventures. Some of the students across the CDL network have joined venture-backed CDL companies in key roles – this course is a unique opportunity for students who are interested in real world exposure to start-ups and seed funding. For more information, click here.
How will this course be taught?
This course is a combination of both lecture and workshop sessions in which students will advance their CDL-West ventures. Workshops will draw upon knowledge from entrepreneurship and start-up best practices across many verticals and students will be coached by guest speakers such as venture capitalists, lawyers, project managers, and marketing professionals. Projects and assignments will be conducted for the benefit of the CDL ventures and students alike.
The course is taught over Terms 1 and 2. Admitted students will receive a schedule of meeting dates and times from their instructor before the start of course. This course requires significant independent effort and effective self-management skills.
For those that missed the online information session, you may view a recording of it by clicking the link below.
Adjunct Professor, Entrepreneur
Room: HA 338