PROJECT REQUEST

Course Title

Washington University of Virginia – Business 700 CapStone Project

Collaboration Overview

This is a practical course for MBA graduate students to work on a topic such as an entrepreneurial strategy using a "Live Case" methodology for the duration of the semester under individual faculty direction.  The primary method of instruction and learning is by students participating on an independent team through a practical experience (i.e. internship) to address an actual business problem with a functioning, off-campus "host company". The course is designed to be a vehicle to give students the opportunity to conduct research as part of a team for a "real world" topic/problem presented to them by an actual host company facilitated through CapSource. This research process may include original data gathering (interviews, participant observations, survey methodologies, quantitative/empirical methods, etc.) or primary/secondary source content analysis. This topic/problem could be a project such as writing a business plan for a start-up or developing a marketing strategy for a new product at an established company. Students have a great deal of freedom in deciding how to approach their respective topic/problem, their research approach, and how to best present their analyses to the host company at the end of the course. There are a few guidelines students are expected to adhere to: Students/teams will be required to work closely with the partnering host company representative (Project Champion) on a regular schedule as presented in the Collaboration Timeline; students will be required to develop and produce deliverables such as their recommendation(s)/solution(s) to present to the host company at the end of the project; and students will be required to maintain regular status updates to the professor as requested. The professor serves as a "guide on the side" as the students are expected to take the initiative on their assigned topic/problem as they would if the were an actual employee of the host company. #

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Program & Course Info

SchoolWashington University of Virginia
CourseWashington University of Virginia – Business 700 CapStone Project
Graduate / Undergraduate
  • All Graduate
Students Enrolled30
Student Time Commitment1-3 Hours
Class Meeting Day & Time*Tuesday 3:30-6

*Note: Company, faculty, and students will finalize meeting and communication schedule after collaboration is finalized

Collaboration Requirements

Requested Industries
Accounting & Legal, Business Services, Consumer Services, Education, Government, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Non-Profit, Retail, Transportation & Logistics
Requested Company Size
  • Pre-Revenue Startup
  • Established Startup
  • High-Growth Startup
  • Small Business
  • Medium Business
  • Large Enterprise
Duration (01/26/2021 - 04/27/2021)
Location
  • Local (within 30 miles)
  • Regional (within 90 miles)
  • Fully Remote (located anywhere)
Company Time Commitment2 Hours per week of mentoring, answering key questions, and providing access to helpful resources
Project Count1

Timeline & Next Steps

  • November 2, 2020

    School faculty will begin interviewing interested companies and discuss project ideas.

  • November 30, 2020

    Final date for companies to express interest in participating.

  • January 8, 2021

    School faculty and project champion finalize project charter, legal documents, and background materials.

  • January 26, 2021

    OFFICIAL PROJECT LAUNCH: We’ll find a time on this day to web conference you into our class to kickoff the project.

  • February 2, 2021

    Individual Team Meetings (proposed)

  • February 9, 2021

    Project Champion/Team Check-Ins (proposed)

  • February 16, 2021

    Mentor/Team Check-Ins (proposed)

  • February 23, 2021

    Project Champion/Team Check-Ins (proposed)

  • March 2, 2021

    MID-SEMESTER PRESENTATION/DELIVERABLES (proposed)

  • March 9, 2021

    WUV Mid-Term Exam Week (March 8-12, 2021)

  • March 9, 2021

    Individual Team Meetings (proposed)

  • March 16, 2021

    No Class – WUV Spring Break Week (March 15-19, 2021)

  • March 23, 2021

    Project Champion/Team Check-Ins (proposed)

  • March 30, 2021

    Individual Team Meetings (proposed)

  • April 6, 2021

    Project Champion/Team Check-Ins (proposed)

  • April 13, 2021

    Mentor/Team Check-Ins (proposed)

  • April 20, 2021

    Project Champion/Team Check-Ins (proposed) or FINAL PRESENTATION(?)

  • April 27, 2021

    FINAL PRESENTATION(?)

    OFFICIAL PROJECT END: We’ll find a time on this day to web conference you into our class to close the project.

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Evaluation and Recommendations

Customer Service

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New Product/Service Development
Customer Discovery/Interviewing

Data Management

Data Scrubbing & Reorganization
Data Synthesis & Visualization
KPI Design Visualization

Growth Strategy

Business Opportunity Research
Prospecting New Relationships
Designing & Scaling Processes

Marketing

Branding Strategy/Redesign
Social Media Optimization
User/Customer Acquisition Strategy Development & Testing

Operations

Process Design Review
Scalability Assessment
Inter-Departmental Efficiency Assessment

Org Culture, D&I

Diversity Assessments
Inclusion Protocols
Training & Development

PR & Communications

PR Strategy Consulting
Communications Planning
Messaging & Tone Advancement

Sales & Business Development

New Business Opportunity Assessment
Market Testing
Customer Discovery/Interviewing

Software Design & Development

MVP Design & User Testing
Systems Integration
Technology Roadmap Planning

Talent Management

Talent Competency Mapping
Training & Development Curriculum Design
Talent Satisfaction Assessments

School Supervisors

Instructor

Abraham

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Instructor

John

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