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Fordham University

Lessons Learned From the Shark Tank: Starting, Growing, and Selling a Successful Business

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About the course

Participants will gain a strengthened understanding of where their idea or venture is headed next—and how to take it there. It’s possible to go from a concept to a business of value in five weeks.

This course does not provide a generic roadmap to success. It allows people to create an individualized pathway for their business.

Entrepreneurs with big plans, small-business owners trying to break even, and company executives who want to reach a higher level all will find value in this experience.

Topics and lessons

  • Planning and execution, employee management, financing, valuations, stock, and franchising
  • Candid stories from guest speakers who can communicate real-world advantage


  • Course resources selected to illustrate aspects of starting, running, and selling a business
  • Opportunity to complete and be evaluated on five short projects on either selected readings or assigned cases
  • Class meeting with Barbara Corcoran, angel investor for ABC’s Shark Tank
  • Light snacks, water, and coffee during course meetings and an end-of-course dinner at Miguel Gonzalez’s home
  • Upon conclusion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Gabelli School of Business

Additional details

  • Each attendee will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement to protect the information shared in class and to allow for open and candid dialogue.
  • Students will be granted access to Fordham University technology and resources for on-campus use during the five-week program, including a full suite of library resources, such as subject databases, e-journals, e-books, videos, and a multimedia collection

Who should attend

  • Corporate executives—CEOs, CFOs, human resource managers
  • Small-business owners
  • Entrepreneurs looking to start a business

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