EGR 475: Building and Operating Complex and Regulated Ventures

Starting and operating a complex venture in a regulated market is often faced with tremendous challenges in developing and validating the idea to attract investors and industry partners. With an initial perspective of what it takes to attract funding, the course will focus on teaching three main skills 1) What makes a complex business initially fundable through private and public resources, 2) Identifying the problem and validating the solution in a regulated, multi-stakeholder market 3) Launching the business and developing the operational plan post launch.

This course takes place on Fridays from 1:30pm to 4:20pm.

Sample Reading List

"Biodesign: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies" by P. Yock, S. Zenios, J. Makower

"Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business" by M. Blumberg

"The Business of Venture Capital" by M. Ramsinghhani

Reading/Writing Assignments

Every week, students are required to read the assigned Harvard Business School cases /or book pages and to be prepared to discuss them in class as a team. They are also required to submit a 200 words summary about the case.


  • Mid Term Exam - 25%
  • Other Exam - 40%
  • Quizzes - 20%
  • Class/Precept Participation - 15%