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The Startup Game

Students live through the chaotic and exciting early days of a startup

Learning outcomes

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership

Players

Multi-player

Seat time

80-120 min

Learning outcomes

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Strategic Decision-Making

Players

Multi-player

Seat time

80-120 min

An entrepreneurial marketplace in a class

Students live through the chaotic and exciting early days of a startup in a single class session, and then learn to make sense of what they experienced.

Each player takes on the role of either a founder, an investor, or a key early employee and works to secure the right combination of funding and talent in order to make their startup a success. Players actively move around the room, competing and cooperating with one another to fund, join, and grow startups.

The game introduces students to the latest academic findings that support real-world lessons about key startup concepts such as hiring, equity, salary, and funding considerations. Included in the simulation is a comprehensive Instructor Toolkit.

The Instructor Toolkit includes detailed videos, instructions and teaching notes about how to run the game, how to analyze team strategies and team scoring and how to conduct an impactful and memorable post-game debrief. The game can be played at any point during the semester and is crafted to get students of all backgrounds interacting in new and exciting ways.

An Introduction to The Startup Game - are you Game?

How to get The Startup Game into your classroom

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Lessons of The Startup Game include:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Founding decisions
  • Building an effective team that are really effective at being an effective team that are built well
  • Strategic leadership

Entrepreneurship - Learner version

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Founding decisions

Leadership - Learner version

  • Building an effective team that are really effective at being an effective team that are built well
  • Strategic leadership
  • Illustrates the interplay between the many factors that are required to make entrepreneurial ventures successful, including compensation, fundraising, employee selection, equity allocation, and valuation
  • Allows students to try out multiple strategies to acquiring resources, and allow them to interact with others trying alternate approaches
  • Valuation approaches and implications
  • Equity versus salary compensation
  • Fundraising considerations
  • Rich versus King
  • Exploration versus exploitation, and the effects of diversity
  • Acquiring skilled employees

Introduction to the complexities of the startup experience

  • Illustrates the interplay between the many factors that are required to make entrepreneurial ventures successful, including compensation, fundraising, employee selection, equity allocation, and valuation
  • Allows students to try out multiple strategies to acquiring resources, and allow them to interact with others trying alternate approaches

Introduction to many key concepts in entrepreneurship

  • Valuation approaches and implications
  • Equity versus salary compensation
  • Fundraising considerations
  • Rich versus King
  • Exploration versus exploitation, and the effects of diversity
  • Acquiring skilled employees

Game Authors

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Ethan Mollick

Co-Founder and Faculty Director

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