In the Summer of 2015 we held our first ever The Arts & Science Entrepreneurship Program (ASEP) which brought together students from disciplines across Arts & Science, partnering them with students from DCS. Cross-disciplinary teams will learn how to develop a business plan and an application prototype over 12 weeks.
Over the course of ASEP, students learned how to complete the following deliverables: a business model canvas, a working prototype, financial and business plans, a pitch deck, and a practiced pitch aimed at business and technology experts. The program involved CS lectures, including myself and leaders teaching on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and I thought it would be great to have a three-day weekend hackathon in early June, technical and entrepreneurial workshops, and a demo day at the end of the summer. Which included another two UofT incubators, I-Cube and the Hub.
Guest speakers and panelists include entrepreneurs and investors that are currently active in the industry. Each will share their unique real-world experiences, insights, and perspectives on the future of software and software entrepreneurship. Some of our guest speakers and panelists included:
One of our last year's teams CDDx went onto to do some amazing things!
Collaborative Disease Diagnostics, or CDDx, is a startup company that is developing software to turn mobile phones into diagnostic tools for malaria detection. The co-founders are 4 students who took part in ASEP 2015: Fatema Chowdhury (Global Health and Cell & Molecular Biology), Yannie Lai (Biology & Physiology), Victoria Bukta (CompSci, Focus in AI & Systems); and Vincent Tien-Che Lee (Physics & CompSci). In December 2015, they earned the Startup of the Year Award at the Venture Capital Investment Competition at Rotman Commerce, and look to be on a trajectory to change the world.
I'm excited to be co-teaching again this summer and coordinating ASEP 2016!
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