Nuts and Bolts of Business Plans

A diagram of a nut and bolt.

A nut and bolt figuratively represent the content of this class. (Image by MIT OCW.)


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January IAP 2014



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January 2014 was the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Nuts and Bolts IAP course, ranked by INC Magazine as one of the 10 Best Entrepreneurship Courses in America.

This course offers two ways to watch the videos. The Video and Slide Player page presents the videos and slides in a side-by-side dual window format. The Lecture Videos page presents the videos in a standard window format with separately downloadable Lecture Notes.

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The nuts and bolts of preparing a New Venture Plan and launching the venture will be explored in this twenty-fifth annual course offering. The course is open to members of the MIT Community and to others interested in entrepreneurship. It is particularly recommended for persons who are interested in starting or are involved in a new business or venture. Because some of the speakers will be judges of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, persons who are planning to enter the Competition should find the course particularly useful. In the past approximately 50% of the class has been from the Engineering / Science / Architecture Schools and 50% from the Sloan School of Management.

The course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.

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Joseph Hadzima. 15.S21 Nuts and Bolts of Business Plans. January IAP 2014. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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