Nuts and Bolts of Business Plans

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  • Course level: Intermediate
  • Categories Business
  • Total Hour 18h 30m
  • Total Enrolled 0
  • Last Update October 4, 2019

About Course

January 2014 was the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Nuts and Bolts IAP course, ranked by INC Magazine as one of the 10 Best Entrepreneurship Courses in America.


Joseph Hadzima. 15.S21 Nuts and Bolts of Business Plans. January IAP 2014. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

The nuts and bolts of preparing a New Venture Plan and launching the venture will be explored in this twenty-fifth annual course offering. The course is open to members of the MIT Community and to others interested in entrepreneurship. It is particularly recommended for persons who are interested in starting or are involved in a new business or venture. Because some of the speakers will be judges of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, persons who are planning to enter the Competition should find the course particularly useful. In the past approximately 50% of the class has been from the Engineering / Science / Architecture Schools and 50% from the Sloan School of Management.

The course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.

What Will I Learn?

  • You will learn best way to present your business idea
  • Guidance on how to approach the market with your idea
  • Create winning business plans
  • For people who have never taken a course in entrepreneurship, the goal is to learn how to go about conceptualizing and starting a company.
  • For people who are ready to start new ventures, the goal is to give them the set of tools needed to conceptualize their companies and to put their teams together. We want them to catch the entrepreneurial virus!

Topics for this course

11 Lessons18h 30m

Lecture 1

Introduction and Overview of Business Plans1:00:11
Refining and Presenting Your Venture Idea1:00:48

Lecture 2

Lecture 3

Lecture 4

Lecture 5

Lecture 6

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  • No prerequisites for this course other than having an interest in entrepreneurship.

Target Audience

  • This course is meant for TOTAL beginners in business plan design.

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