Building an Entrepreneurial Venture (15.378) aka “GSD”

Traditionally, 15.378 aka GSD, is an intensive, project-based class that is offered in both the fall and spring semesters. The course is limited to 6 startup teams who apply, pitch, and are selected to take part.

Given the volume of interest from our students to be part of this class, beginning in the fall of 2021 we are adding a second track to the course that delivers a slightly different experience, one that is designed to be available to a larger population of student ventures, including those led by solo founders.

Below is an explanation of the differences between these two GSD tracks to help you determine which is a better fit for you and your venture for the upcoming semester.

Please email the course instructors Carly Chase or Paul Cheek if you have additional questions.

Apply for 15.378 for Fall 2021

(deadline Tues Sept 7th)

Apply Online

Introducing Two Tracks for Fall 2021

Which track should you take?

You’re a good match for Track #1 if you and/or your team:

  • have been working on your new venture for at least one semester;
  • have taken “New Enterprises” 15.390;
  • need to implement tactics that will provide you the proof points and data to show that your venture can be successful.

Students in Track #1 want to take the next step after 15.390, apply fundamental entrepreneurship skills in the real world, and turn the plan you developed in “New Enterprises” into reality.

  • Track #1 consists of weekly workshops and experimentation sessions, student presentations, and homework.
  • You will not receive 1:1 mentorship in Track #1.
  • All applicants who meet the above criteria will be accepted.
  • Teams + solo founders are both welcome.

You’re a good match for Track #2 if your team:

  • have been working on this venture together for at least one semester;
  • have taken “New Enterprises” 15.390;
  • have run tactical experiments, and have implemented metrics based on these experiments.

Teams in Track #2 are looking for accountability, a small cohort setting, and motivation to push your venture forward at a rapid pace while dealing with the typical noise and distractions of a semester.

  • Track #2 consists of weekly lessons, class discussions, homework, and 1:1 mentorship.
  • All teams interested in being part of Track #2 will pitch their ventures on Monday, September 13th.
  • Only 6 teams will be accepted following these pitches.
  • At least two team members from your venture must be available to participate in the class.
  • No solo founders may take part in Track #2.

Looking for more information on what GSD is all about?
Read our January 2021 blog post that provides an in-depth look at Track #2

“An Inside Look at GSD”