BlueSky Ventures Game

Learn how to evaluate new ideas and businesses

Alternate Reality Course
What's Included?
  • On demand single-player experience
  • A debrief and takeaway notes
Skills you'll learn
  • Frameworks for understanding business strategy
  • How to conduct strategic experiments
  • Techniques that drive business success
Time commitments
Experience duration:
90 minutes
Certification
Core Experience
Free
Full details below

A unique single-player experience that teaches you how to assess innovative ideas and ventures

How do you know if an idea or business is going to succeed? In BlueSky Ventures, you will have the chance to find out. In this ARC serious game, you will assist a group of investors in deciding which startup to back while learning vital skills and techniques drawn from the latest research on strategy and entrepreneurship.

During the game, you will have a chance to analyze business models, interview executive founders, and build financial projections for a variety of realistic businesses. The game is self-contained and will teach you all the skills you need to know. You'll hear from Wharton faculty, and receive personalized feedback and suggestions for further growth. Engaging characters bring the simulation to life, giving you a chance to learn in a whole new way.

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The Experience & Your Commitment

BlueSky Ventures is a free, on demand ARC that takes between 60-90 minutes. Play through it once, or multiple times!

We have designed this experience to expose learners to how ARCs work, and also as an introduction to the more advanced 3-week Entrepreneurship Game, which puts learners in the role of founders making strategic and entrepreneurial decisions, as well as the Corporate Innovation Game, which teaches how to develop new ideas inside of organizations. Sign up for them now.

What is an Alternate Reality Course (ARC)?

Built on our ARC platform, Alternate Reality Courses are a new breed of serious games. Every course combines world-class subject matter expertise, hyper-immersive interactive fiction, the science of learning, and innovative game design. ARCs are deeply engaging, teach through experience, and promote robust and enduring knowledge that you can (and will!) use beyond the course.

An ARC teaches you in three ways:

  • Learning objectives - skills you will learn and use in the future
  • Practice objectives - specific experiences you will encounter, so that when you see them in the real world, you will know what to do
  • Thinking objectives - mental techniques you will learn that are applicable outside of the context of the simulation

Featuring

Access a stack of learning resources along the way

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Evidence based practices
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Business tools developed by Wharton
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Video tutorials from leading minds in this space

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Lessons of BlueSky Ventures Game include:

  • Understanding the building blocks for business success, including strategic frameworks for evaluating concepts
  • Working with multiple types of data to assess businesses holistically
  • Conducting strategic experiments to reduce risk
  • Assess business potential through interviewing founders
  • Hands-on experience with financial models and projections, along with sensitivity analysis
  • Improvise answers to investor questions based on what you learned
  • Using mental simulation and mental time travel to get new strategic perspectives
  • Avoiding incorrect pattern matching and other destructive mental shortcuts

Learning objectives

  • Understanding the building blocks for business success, including strategic frameworks for evaluating concepts
  • Working with multiple types of data to assess businesses holistically
  • Conducting strategic experiments to reduce risk

Practice objectives

  • Assess business potential through interviewing founders
  • Hands-on experience with financial models and projections, along with sensitivity analysis
  • Improvise answers to investor questions based on what you learned

Thinking objectives

  • Using mental simulation and mental time travel to get new strategic perspectives
  • Avoiding incorrect pattern matching and other destructive mental shortcuts

Authors

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Ethan Mollick

Professor of Management

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