Leadership and Corporate Venturing 3-Week Course

Learn how established companies can compete like startups

Alternate Reality Course
Skills you'll learn
  • Leading teams for success
  • Conducting business experiments
  • Pitching and selling your ideas
  • Hiring the right team
  • Negotiating with key stakeholders
  • Analyzing business opportunities
Time commitments
Experience duration:
3 weeks
Touch points:
6 live 90 min team sessions (2 per week)
Learning time:
5 hours per week
Certification
Core Experience
$199
Standard Certificate
$299
Advanced Certificate
$999
Full details below

Learn how to run a successful internal venture by actually running one

In a rapidly changing world, large organizations must adapt to thrive. Business as usual just won’t do. But how can established organizations adapt? By acting like startups.

The Leadership and Corporate Venturing Course is built with the Corporate Innovation Game at its core - where you and your team have unexpectedly been invited to join the WISE Accelerator where you'll take the reins of a potentially high-growth venture.

To make this venture a success you’ll need to understand your customer needs, conduct business experiments, manage finances, build out the team you need to launch a product in a competitive market, negotiate, pitch and land key customers and convince internal stakeholders to back your product.

You’ll be supported on your journey by world-class instruction from Wharton professors and successful CEOs while getting continuous feedback on your performance to help you improve.

Learn how an established company can compete like a startup so that you can take the lead in real life and help your organization adapt, innovate, and thrive.

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Course Schedule

This course consists of 6 live sessions where you will work with your team for approximately 90 minutes on critical in-game decisions. These are mandatory, and you can select one of 3 time slots (the same time slot for the entire course): 7:30-9am EST, 5pm-6:30pm EST, and 9pm-10:30pm EST.

Expect to spend 30 minutes between live sessions to review video course lectures and feedback about your in-game performance.

January 2022 Schedule

(Live session: select from either 7:30-9am EST, 5pm-6:30pm EST, or 9pm-10:30pm EST)

Thursday Jan 6th - Live Session: course starts

Tuesday Jan 11th - Live Session

Thursday Jan 13th - Live Session

Tuesday Jan 18th - Live Session

Thursday Jan 20th - Live Session

Thursday Jan 25th - Live Session

February 2022 Schedule

(Live session: select from either 7:30-9am EST, 5pm-6:30pm EST, or 9pm-10:30pm EST)

Tuesday Feb 8th - Live Session: course starts

Thursday Feb 10th - Live Session

Tuesday Feb 15th - Live Session

Thursday Feb 17th - Live Session

Tuesday Feb 22nd - Live Session

Thursday Feb 24th - Live Session

Note: when you commit to a specific course you are committing to every session of the course; you cannot switch between courses once it begins or miss a session. Your team is depending on you to actively participate in each live session.

Should we determine that the team setup isn’t optimal for learning on specific dates due to demand, we will offer you a different date or a refund. We will be regularly updating our scheduled courses.

What is an Alternate Reality Course (ARC)?

Built on our ARC platform, Alternate Reality Courses are a new breed of learning simulations. 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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Video tutorials from leading minds in this space

Options for Leadership and Corporate Venturing 3-Week Course

Core Experience $199

Play the simulation and get access to class material, expert videos, personalized feedback, an adaptive debrief, and takeaways and key notes about your experience that help you apply the skills you learned

Standard Certificate $299 Share your Wharton Certificate on LinkedIn

Earn a Wharton Certificate for successful completion of the game and get access to the core experience, as well as one live office hour session with experts that help you analyze, extract, and apply the skills you learned

Advanced Certificate $999 Share your Wharton Certificate on LinkedIn

Earn an Advanced Wharton Certificate for successful completion of the game, and get access to an office hour, two facilitated application sessions to explore your ideas, a live debrief discussion, and an opportunity to replay the game on your own

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Lessons of Leadership and Corporate Venturing 3-Week Course include:

  • Leading a successful team: techniques for leading teams to success
  • Financing an internal venture: cash flow, sources of capital
  • Business experiments: data gathering, hypothesis testing, pivoting
  • Building teams and organizations: organizing and setting up a hiring process to build successful teams
  • Sales and marketing: analyzing markets and selecting customers to target for new products and services
  • Negotiations: establishing positions, analyzing bargaining power, conducting high-stakes negotiations
  • Pitching and persuasion: pitching new ideas and persuading stakeholders of the value of your business concept
  • Personal leadership ability: inspiring a team, avoiding team pitfalls, and achieving consensus
  • Experiencing the types of data that are generated by business experiments: surveys, market tests, and interviews
  • Leading during a time of uncertainty and change
  • Engaging with critical stakeholders in high-stakes settings: managers, customers, and employees
  • Navigating through common points of failure for internal ventures: team conflict, scaling, and process loss
  • Perspective-taking and the ability to analyze multiple viewpoints
  • Improvisation and bricolage, making do with what you have to solve novel problems
  • Self-monitoring and metacognition
  • Self-efficacy and the confidence to accomplish entrepreneurial challenges

Learning objectives

  • Leading a successful team: techniques for leading teams to success
  • Financing an internal venture: cash flow, sources of capital
  • Business experiments: data gathering, hypothesis testing, pivoting
  • Building teams and organizations: organizing and setting up a hiring process to build successful teams
  • Sales and marketing: analyzing markets and selecting customers to target for new products and services
  • Negotiations: establishing positions, analyzing bargaining power, conducting high-stakes negotiations
  • Pitching and persuasion: pitching new ideas and persuading stakeholders of the value of your business concept
  • Personal leadership ability: inspiring a team, avoiding team pitfalls, and achieving consensus

Practice objectives

  • Experiencing the types of data that are generated by business experiments: surveys, market tests, and interviews
  • Leading during a time of uncertainty and change
  • Engaging with critical stakeholders in high-stakes settings: managers, customers, and employees
  • Navigating through common points of failure for internal ventures: team conflict, scaling, and process loss

Thinking objectives

  • Perspective-taking and the ability to analyze multiple viewpoints
  • Improvisation and bricolage, making do with what you have to solve novel problems
  • Self-monitoring and metacognition
  • Self-efficacy and the confidence to accomplish entrepreneurial challenges

Authors

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Ethan Mollick

Professor of Management

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