Program Details

Entrepreneurship Methods & Lean Startup

This is a NON-CREDIT course, in which a certificate will be awarded at the end to all who successfully complete the class.

This team-based course is designed for anyone interested in learning how to develop a company. The only prerequisite is interest in discovering how to take an idea and develop it into a successful company.

Projects can be for software, a physical product or an intangible service. Participants are encouraged to join the class as part of a team but it is not required. During the first class, participants will present their ideas for a venture, after which each class member will provide their preferences on the ideas they would like to work on. Finalized teams of 3-4 members will be announced at the next class.

Projects are treated as real startups, so the workload will be intense and the hours long (8-20 hours per week outside of the classroom may be required).

Course is open to the community; no formal admission to Western is required.

Classes will be held on south campus of WWU in the Communications Facility. (Parking is free in the gravel, Commuter (C), lots after 4:30 pm.

Required Textbooks


Required textbooks can be purchased on or via the author’s site. Optional texts are listed below. Please order all required books as soon as you can.
Supplemental Readings will be assigned as necessary.

  • The Startup Owner’s Manual, Steven Blank & Bob Dorf
  • Business Model Generation, Alex Osterwalder


  • Founders at Work, Jessica Livingston
  • The Lean Startup, Eric Ries
  • Running Lean, Ash Maura
  • Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development, Cooper & Vlaskovits

Lean Startup & Entrepreneurship Methods

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