Lassonde Professional Development

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Program Length

3 modules/3 days

Program Dates

TBD

Program Format

online-virtual, live coaching sessions

Tuition and Fees

TBD

Prerequisites

basics of drafting a business plan

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Decades-old Blockchain technology has gained considerable interest across professional sectors in recent years.

Blockchain was initially applied to record-keeping for digital currencies like Bitcoin, today the technology has evolved to serve more broadly as a decentralized system for businesses. It is primarily because of Blockchain technology that the digital world of today has gone far beyond finance. Now advertising, manufacturing, utilities, and healthcare, as well as other governmental and business sectors, use Blockchain-based applications for processing their transactions. The growth and demand for the technology are telling. 
 

Who Should Attend?

The Blockchain Business Model Development course is for professionals seeking a deeper knowledge of the impact and applications of Blockchain technologies. The course is designed for entrepreneurs looking to integrate Blockchain into their business plan, or industry practitioners wanting to understand the current and future developments of this new technology. For professionals who work in strategic, operational or managerial roles, the course will equip them with the knowledge required to use Blockchain technology in innovative ways and with greater efficiency. 

What You Will Learn

At the end of the course, participants will be able to articulate the main ideas about Blockchain technology, differentiate and assess the frameworks available and identify how they can leverage the technology to achieve efficiency and add value to their business or venture idea.  The final report is intended to exhibit the participants’ understanding and application of these outcomes 

Day 1 (9 am – 4 pm) 
From Nick Szabo’s “bit gold” in 1998 to Ethereum’s Metropolis release in 2017, participants will learn about the historical timeline behind “Blockchain technology”. With this historical context as background, participants will then be asked to dive into a technical and business perspective of the technology’s fundamental concepts and key features. On day 1, participants will also take steps toward identifying the problem they want to solve, as well as the business model and technology that best address this problem.  
 
Day 2 (9 am – 4 pm) 
On day 2 of the course, participants will review the different Blockchain platforms and how each platform can be applied. Participants will then assess Blockchain decision frameworks and delve deeper into what makes a strong Blockchain business case while also deriving insights into the process of finalizing the vision for their next Blockchain solution. A strong focus on user design will be reinforced to assure that participants are creating viable Blockchain business plans that solve current/future Blockchain-specific cases. 
 
Day 3 (9 am – 4 pm) 
On day 3, participants are guided to expand their understanding of Blockchain business models through a critical review of curated white papers that focus on existing projects. This review is intended to inform and immerse them in their own projects while also reminding them of pitfalls to avoid. As they work through the projects, they will be guided on the legal frameworks, the laws and regulations that exist across different Blockchain jurisdictions. Participants will end day 3 by beginning to work on their business plan for the Capstone Project.  

Module 2-Capstone Project (White Paper) Submission (7 days)  
 The capstone project is a report that draws on the learning outcomes of the course to inform a specific Blockchain use case of the participant’s choosing. During the project, participants have access to a mentor who monitors progress and ensures that the project report factors in discussion points and Blockchain models outlined during the 3-day intensive course. A rubric will be provided to help direct the students’ capstone. 

Faculty

Program Director

Mohamed El-Kandri

Co-Founder & CTO IR4LAB, Executive Member of the Blockchain Hub