This course is cross-listed with the EWMBA and EMBA Programs.

COURSE TITLE: Food Venture Lab


INSTRUCTOR: Will Rosenzweig



MEETING DATES for Fall 2016: Wednesdays, 6-9:30 PM on 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16

This portion of the course description is from Fall 2015 and should only be used as a reference.

PREREQUISITE(S): Core courses (or consent of instructor)

CLASS FORMAT: “Flipped Classroom” where student teams present their progress to fellow students and guest experts who provide rigorous feedback. In-class presentations are complemented with guest speakers, field trips and feedback from relevant mentors and industry experts. Students will have anopportunity to test and participate in the FBS on- line mentor platform that will connect them to domain experts. At the final class meeting, teams will present to a panel of professional experts and investors to receive feedback on the viability and potential for their venture.
The overall goal for the course is to advance an idea through a full cycle of exploration, discovery, design and launch preparation in a single semester.

The course is led by William Rosenzweig, Dean of the Food Business School and Social Impact Fellow at Berkeley Haas. Will is an accomplished entrepreneur, investor and educator who has been a faculty member of Berkeley Haas and London Business School. Will was the first program director for the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley in 1999 and has served as a faculty advisor for the Global Social Venture Competition for fifteen years. Notable ventures that were developed in his courses include Revolution Foods, Indiegogo, GoodGuide and World of Good.