Startups and Entrepreneurship

Fall 2017 quarter

Taught by

politics and government

Unique insight, creativity and relentless execution are the foundation of every successful startup. Startups are unconventional. Like startups, Evergreen is also unconventional, and its graduates create unconventional careers. In fact, Evergreen grads are more likely to be social and business entrepreneurs, or to be self employed, than students of any peer institution. This program, taught by a Evergreen graduate who built a successful career in technology, obtained an international MBA, and founded two startups, will help you harness your own unconventional strength to build and launch a business.

You’ll be introduced to different types of business organizations – from for-profit companies to non-profit cooperatives. We’ll look at big issues in corporate social responsibility, including these questions: Who are the stakeholders in a business and what does it mean to give them a fair return on their investments? What rights and responsibilities do corporations have versus their owners, executives, employees and stakeholders? What does “corporate personhood” mean? How do diversity and inclusion pose both challenges and opportunities for the business community, and what can be done to improve representation of diverse communities?

You’ll learn ways to finance, plan, and validate a startup idea, culminating in a “pitch day” where students pitch their startup ideas to real-world community leaders. It’ll be a fast-paced, fun and collaborative program. In fact, this won’t be just an 8 credit class —it may be the start of a whole new career.

Program Details

Fields of Study

business and management sustainability studies

Preparatory For

business and non-profit management and entrepreneurship


Fall Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Fri evening 5:30-9:30p/Sat 9:30a - 5:30p /Sun morning 9:30a-1:30p: Sep 29/30/Oct 1; Oct 13/14/15; Oct 27/28/29; Nov 11/12; Dec 1/2/3

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online