JWI575 full course (assignments+discussions+weekly wrap up discussions) – June 2016

JWI 575 week 3 assignment 1

JWI 575: New Business Ventures and Entrepreneurship

Assignment 1

Assignment 1: Business Plan for Room for Dessert

Due Week 3, Day 7 (Weight: 14.5%)

Within the context of the “Room for Dessert” case study,
take on the role of an investor. Determine if you would make an investment in
RFD by analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed business plan.
Consider the Sahlman article “How to Write a Great Business Plan” as you
complete the assignment.

For this assignment, write a 5–7 page paper in which you do
the following:

1. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the “people”
factor.

2. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the “opportunity”
factor.

3. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the “context”
factor.

4. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the “risk and
reward” factor.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

• Typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12)
with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow JWMI style guide and
writing format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

• Include a cover page containing the title of the
assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the
date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required
assignment page length.

The following are specific course learning outcomes
associated with this assignment:

• Evaluate the competitive landscape, sales, and
distribution channels for new business ventures.

• Use technology and information resources to research
issues in new business ventures and entrepreneurship.

• Write clearly and concisely about new business ventures
and entrepreneurship using proper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality,
logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the
following grading criteria.

 

 

JWI 575 week 6 assignment 2

JWI 575: New Business Ventures and Entrepreneurship

Assignment 2

Assignment 2: Case Study – Ockham Technologies: Living on
the Razor’s Edge

Due Week 6, Day 7 (Weight: 17%)

Referencing the Ockham Technologies: Living on the Razor’s
Edge case study, write a 5–7 page paper in which you do the following:

1. Determine the best funding alternative for Ockham
Technologies and how it will affect the formation of the Board of Directors
(look at Resource Dependency Theory to understand how to select members for a
Board of Directors/Advisors)

2. Discuss how you would handle the increasing tension
between you and Mike Meisenheimer if you were Jim Triandiflou.

3. Determine if Ockham should outsource its
system-development efforts, and if so, to which company, and if not, how it
should it complete development of the system for IBM.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

• Typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12)
with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow JWMI style guide and
writing format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

• Include a cover page containing the title of the
assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the
date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required
page length.

The following are specific course learning outcomes
associated with this assignment:

• Synthesize the basic components of a business plan.

• Evaluate the competitive landscape, sales, and
distribution channels for new business ventures.

• Use technology and information resources to research
issues in new business ventures and entrepreneurship.

• Write clearly and concisely about new business ventures
and entrepreneurship using proper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality,
logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the
following grading criteria.

 

JWI 575 week 7 assignment 3

JWI 575: New Business Ventures and Entrepreneurship

Assignment 3

Assignment 3: Case Study – FEED Resource Recovery

Due Week 8, Day 7 (Weight: 17%)

Referencing the “FEED Resource Recovery” case study, write a
5–7 page paper in which you do the following:

1. Determine FEED’s most likely source of competition in
both the short and long term.

2. Discuss why venture capitalists are interested in this
business.

3. Assume you are a venture capitalist. Determine whether
you would you invest now and what questions would be on your mind.

4. Determine if Shane and Ryan should approach family and
friends and what issues they would face seeking family investment.

5. Determine another source of capital available and what
Shane and Ryan would have to do to get it.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

• Typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12)
with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow JWMI style guide and
writing format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

• Include a cover page containing the title of the
assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the
date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required
page length.

The following are specific course learning outcomes
associated with this assignment:

• Understand funding options for new business ventures.

• Use technology and information resources to research
issues in new business ventures and entrepreneurship.

• Write clearly and concisely about new business ventures
and entrepreneurship using proper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality,
logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the
following grading criteria.

 

 

JWI 575 week 10 assignment 4

JWI 575: New Business Ventures and Entrepreneurship

Assignment 3

Assignment 4: Workbrain Corp. – A Case in Exit Strategy

Due Week 10, Day 7 (Weight: 17%)

Imagine that you are Matt Chapman. Prepare a memo that
recommends which strategy Workbrain should pursue and why.

Write a 5–7 page paper in which you do the following:

1. Discuss if the company even needs to raise money.

2. Discuss what other financing alternatives are available.

3. Discuss whether Workbrain should prepare for an IPO.

4. Determine if now is the right time for an IPO.

5. Determine which exchange would serve the company better
(TSX or NASDAQ) and why.

6. Determine if the shareholders would be better off if the
company pursued potential acquirers rather than an IPO.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

• Typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12)
with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow JWMI style guide and
writing format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

• Include a cover page containing the title of the
assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the
date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required
page length.

The following are specific course learning outcomes associated
with this assignment:

• Evaluate exit strategies for new business ventures.

• Use technology and information resources to research
issues in new business ventures and entrepreneurship.

• Write clearly and concisely about new business ventures
and entrepreneurship using proper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality,
logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the
following grading criteria.

 

JWI 575 week 1 discussion

“Personal Entrepreneurial Skills”Please
respond to the following:

From the preparation activity, discuss your results from the Personal
Entrepreneurial Skills Assessment with your classmates. Do you think that this
assessment is a good predictor of your abilities as an entrepreneur?

 

JWI 575 week 2 discussion

“Starting Anew” Please respond to the
following:

In one of the reading assignments this week Jack Welch
states, “ There may indeed be no time like the present to start anew.”

· Identify a company, product, service, or ‘big idea’ that
came to market during the recent economic downturn.

· Discuss some of the reasons why this company’s launch was
successful (or possibly unsuccessful) in the current US economy.

 

JWI 575 week 3 discussion

“Initial Target Markets” Please
respond to the following:

Identify the total addressable market and the initial target market of the
company’s signature product (or service) for one of the companies you
identified in the discussion question last week. Why did the company pick that
initial target market?

 

JWI 575 week 4 discussion

“Unique Products”Please respond to the
following:

Choose a product or service and explain why it has a unique place in the
marketplace.

Describe the unique features and benefits of the product or service, and
discuss how it measures up to the competition point by point.

 

JWI 575 week 5 discussion

“Top Three Qualities” Please respond
to the following:

What are the top three qualities you would look for in a management team for a
new business venture? Do these qualities match those typically sought by
venture capitalists?

 

JWI 575 week 6 discussion

IPO Investing” Please respond to the
following:

Read theNasdaq article listed below. Select one of the
companies and state why you would be willing to invest in the IPO as part of
your investment portfolio. Investigate the reasons as to why the company is
issuing an IPO at this time given that many analysts believe there could still
be a correction in the stock market during the next 12 months.

Article link:http://www.nasdaq.com/article/week-ahead-9-ipos-set-to-raise-1-billion-during-the-week-of-november-9-cm540328

 

JWI 575 week 7 discussion

“Types of Legal Entities”Please respond to
the following:

Read the case study “Starting a New Health Care
Services Company” on page 152-153 of Patterns of Entrepreneurship text.
Identify the legal structure and discuss issues involved in starting the
business.

· Based on the above discussion, what type of legal
structure, or type of entity, would you recommend and what formation documents
are necessary for that type of entity?

· Are there additional initial legal contracts you would
want in place as you start the business? If so, please identify the type of
legal document and state why you deem itto be important.

 

JWI 575 week 8 discussion

“Copyright Protections”Please respond to
the following:

Setting up the right legal entity and ensuring that the
appropriate legal documentation is in place for a new venture is extremely
important. However, trademark and copyright protections are another vital part
of the legal landscape for a new start-up.

These issues are exemplified by these cases:

· Trademark Protection: Apple Corps vs. Apple Computer.

· Copyright Protection: My Sweet Lord (George Harrison song)
vs. He’s So Fine (The Chiffons)

Briefly research and discuss the merits of one or both
cases. You may also share alternative examples.

 

JWI 575 week 9 discussion

“Bringing a New Product/Service to Market” Please
respond to the following:

Compare the challenge in bringing a new product/service to
market from inside your company to the option of spinning it out into a
free-standing venture? Why do you think one is more challenging than the other
and why?

 

JWI 575 week 10 discussion

“Your Learning Inventory”

Distill your learning from this course into a succinct list.
Use the following questions as your guide:

· What have you mastered about New Business Ventures and
Entrepreneurship?

· What do you now understand but may want to learn more
about?

· What questions can you now articulate about New Business
Ventures and Entrepreneurship based on what you have learned in this course?

 

JWI 575 week 11 discussion

This question is designed for personal reflection and does
not require citations. It is a required, non-credit entry and will impact
attendance records. Please answer the following:

Reflect on this class as a whole. Identify and briefly
describe a concept that was especially relevant or meaningful. How did this
concept challenge your understanding or prompt you to grow as a leader?

 

 

JWI 575 week 1 weekly wrap up discussion

Summarize the most important concepts and approaches you have
learned this week. Provide at least one concrete example of how you will apply
a key principle or idea in your workplace or professional life.

JWI 575 week 2 weekly wrap up discussion

Summarize the most important concepts and approaches you
have learned this week. Provide at least one concrete example of how you will
apply a key principle or idea in your workplace or professional life.

JWI 575 week 3 weekly wrap up discussion

Summarize the most important concepts and approaches you
have learned this week. Provide at least one concrete example of how you will
apply a key principle or idea in your workplace or professional life.

JWI 575 week 4 weekly wrap up discussion

Summarize the most important concepts and approaches you
have learned this week. Provide at least one concrete example of how you will
apply a key principle or idea in your workplace or professional life.

JWI 575 week 5 weekly wrap up discussion

Summarize the most important concepts and approaches you
have learned this week. Provide at least one concrete example of how you will
apply a key principle or idea in your workplace or professional life.

JWI 575 week 6 weekly wrap up discussion

Summarize the most important concepts and approaches you
have learned this week. Provide at least one concrete example of how you will
apply a key principle or idea in your workplace or professional life.

JWI 575 week 7 weekly wrap up discussion

Summarize the most important concepts and approaches you
have learned this week. Provide at least one concrete example of how you will
apply a key principle or idea in your workplace or professional life.

JWI 575 week 8 weekly wrap up discussion

Summarize the most important concepts and approaches you
have learned this week. Provide at least one concrete example of how you will
apply a key principle or idea in your workplace or professional life.

JWI 575 week 9 weekly wrap up discussion

Summarize the most important concepts and approaches you
have learned this week. Provide at least one concrete example of how you will
apply a key principle or idea in your workplace or professional life.