Starting a Startup that Matters (STRT 580) is an MBA course at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and is a joint initiative between Georgetown University’s Entrepreneurship Initiative and global startup incubator and seed fund 1776. This course is designed to engage and enrich the DC startup community, bringing entrepreneurs and industry specialists to students in a classroom setting. Student will be challenged to understand and assess several key industries, and to explore the role startups can play in disrupting them.

This mission of this course is to help students uncover how entrepreneurship is a powerful force in solving the world’s most important challenges, and how entrepreneurship is likely to fit in the context of the student’s own life and career plans. Through expert guest lectures and interviews, practical advice, and personal stories, students will discover a set of startup principles that can be applied to industries that impact millions of lives every day. Students will also learn a variety of ways to pursue entrepreneurship in their own career. This course will be taught by Professor Jeff Reid in conjunction with Donna Harris and Evan Burfield, co-founders of 1776, and will feature participation from many successful entrepreneurs.

In an effort to bring this course to a wider audience, Startup Matters is making many of this course’s lectures and class sessions available to public via this site. We also encourage you to follow our students as they track industry trends via our Twitter, and record their insights via their blogs.

Fall 2015’s curriculum focuses on five key industries:

  • education
  • health
  • energy & sustainability
  • transportation
  • smart cities