Hesam Panahi is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
at Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business.

He is also a faculty member at the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining Rice University, he founded RED Labs.

Over the last decade, in collaboration with others, he has designed more than 20 new workshops and courses in software development, entrepreneurship, design thinking, and innovation. A sampling of courses and workshops are below.

2020

Change Maker Summit v. 2.0
(Rice University)

For pre-matriculation undergraduate students. A workshop designed to introduce students to the entrepreneurial mindset. Redesigned to be virtual in 2020. In collaboration Caitlin Bolaños and the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship team.

Product Management Bootcamp
(General Assembly)

For learning the fundamentals of product management and user-centered software product design.

2019

New Enterprise
(Rice University Online)

For students enrolled in Rice University's online MBA program. The first entrepreneurship offering in the program, where students form teams and collaborate virtually to develop a plan for a new venture. This course was designed prior to the pandemic, which made the transition to fully online easier for future courses.

Science and Engineering of Launching Startups Bootcamp
(Rice University)

For graduate science and engineering students. A bootcamp on commercializing technologies. In collaboration with Jamie Jones.

Change Maker Summit
(Rice University)

For pre-matriculation undergraduate students. A workshop designed to introduce students to the entrepreneurial mindset. In collaboration with Jamie Jones, Caitlin Bolaños, and the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship team.

Global Field Experience v. 2.0
(Rice University)

For MBA students. A course where students work in teams assessing the viability of expanding an existing US-based business into another country. Includes a week-long immersion in another country. Served as faculty lead for all 3 sections of the full-time MBA program. In-country faculty for Lima, Peru. In collaboration with Al Danto, Yael Hochberg, Abbey Hartgrove, and Kelly Vlaskamp.

Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab
(Rice University)

For medical device venture teams composed of MBA students, Masters of Bioengineering students, and Baylor College of Medicine clinicians. Follow-on for Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship course established in 2017. Focused on business plan development. In collaboration with Will Clifton, Yael Hochberg, and Farzad Soleimani.

2018

Global Field Experience v. 1.0
(Rice University)

For MBA students. A course where students work in teams to solve challenges with large companies, municipalities, and small startup businesses. Includes a week-long immersion in Brazil. In collaboration with Abby Larson and the Rice Business Global staff.

2017

Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship
(Rice University)

For MBA students, Masters of Bioengineering students, and Baylor College of Medicine clinicians. A course where students work in interdisciplinary teams to validate and scope clinical needs, ideate solutions and draft a business model. In collaboration with Yael Hochberg, Eric Richardson, and Farzad Soleimani.

Houston Design Thinking Workshop

For Houstonians interested in learning design thinking, a free workshop that applies design thinking using project-based learning. In collaboration with Matthew Wettergreen.

Entrepreneurship Success Initiative Workshop

For startups as part of a study by researchers at Rice University and MIT. The study tracks a large panel of startups over 2 years to identify what factors, decisions, training and background experiences contribute to successful startup outcomes.

Dilemmas in Founding New Ventures
(Rice University)

For MBA students. A course that examines frameworks for making informed decisions about human capital when founding a new venture, including co-founders, early hires, advisors, board members, and investors. In collaboration with Roberto Moctezuma.

Lilie Design Thinking
(Rice University)

For undergraduate students. A course where student teams work on solving real-world challenges through user-centered design.

Lilie New Venture Challenge
(Rice University)

For undergraduate student venture teams. A lab-style course where teams develop their venture plans and receive mentorship from entrepreneurs, investors, and subject matter experts.

2016

New Enterprises
(Rice University)

For undergraduate and MBA students. An experiential course on entrepreneurship where students form teams and determine the viability of launching a venture.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Design II
(University of Houston)

For undergraduate engineering students. Redesigned the second semester of the capstone electrical and computer engineering design course to include entrepreneurship. In collaboration with Diana de la Rosa-Pohl.

2015

Foundations of Entrepreneurship: Toolkit
(Rice University)

For undergraduate students. An experiential course on entrepeneurship where students form teams and create venture plans, paired with an introduction to financial modeling. In collaboration with Danielle Supkis-Cheek.

Design Practice and Business
(University of Houston)

For industrial design undergraduate students. An introductory course that provides an overview of the early stages of venture creation and case students from design-driven firms.

2014

Advanced Web Application Development
(University of Houston)

For management information systems undergraduate students. A course on advanced front and back-end web development skills, including responsive design and Ruby on Rails.

Entrepreneurship for Computer Science
(University of Houston)

For undergraduate computer science students. An experiential technology entrepreneurship course focused on venture development and prototype building.

2013

RED Labs
(University of Houston)

For students and faculty. Founded the University of Houston’s startup accelerator and technology entrepreneurship program.

2012

Mobile Application Development
(University of Houston)

For management information systems students. A course focused on creating mobile applications.

Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Engineers
(University of Houston)

For undergraduate engineering and computer science students. A two week immersive course covering the early stages of high-growth venture creation.

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