The course employs the Harvard Business School case study method, looking at real-life examples of entrepreneurship and challenging students to present opinions and defend positions as though they were in a board room. The course is practitioner-focused, addressing not only theory but also real world application to entrepreneurship and leadership. Many prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs serve as guest speakers for the class including Nadir Mohammed (CEO, Rogers Communications), Mark Wiseman (Senior VP, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board), Kevin Oâ€™Leary (CEO, Oâ€™Leary Funds and Dragonsâ€™ Den), Tony Lacavera (Founder and CEO, Globalive) and Tim Hodgson (CEO, Goldman Sachs Canada). Each year the top student in the course receives the Reza Satchu scholarship award.
Over the past 3 years, Professor Satchuâ€™s Entrepreneurship course has had an average student retake rate of 100% and an average student learning experience rating of 7.0/7.0. In each of the past six years, the Anti-Calendar has stated that this course is the â€œvery best class/learning experienceâ€ at U of T.
Professor Satchu Biography
Professor Satchu has founded, built and managed several highly successful businesses in the US and Canada including SupplierMarket, StorageNow Holdings, Stellation Asset Management and KGS Alpha Capital Markets. He has a BA from McGill University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is also Vice Chairman of the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation and has been awarded membership to Canadaâ€™s Top 40 under 40.
Prerequisites for the course are as follows:
(1) In their 3rd or 4th year of undergraduate studies, as of September 2010
(2) CGPA of 3.0 or higher
(3) A written statement of interest (maximum 250 words) explaining why you wish to take the course and why you should be let in. In the statement of interest, include your CGPA and whether you are a 3rd or 4th year student. To be sent to the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org from your UofT e-mail address by July 19, 2010.
Students will be notified whether they have been admitted into the course in early August. In addition, if the course is full, qualified students are still encouraged to apply, as Professor Satchu has discretion in choosing which students are admitted into the course. Preference will be given to the most qualified students.