Computer Science & Business Students
It is common knowledge that the winning formula to a founding team is a business person and a technical counterpart. This is even more true at a student level. They need each other.
The business student is a hustler. Active in the student scene, participating in clubs, pitching new product ideas, building projects, etc. They see business ideas everywhere. And naturally, they build a product for college students.
There are too many startups going after college students.
Then we have the computer science student. You know, the type that was thinking about Bitcoin in 2014. A lot of times, this person is the complete opposite from the business student in that they have the weird (and possibly big) ideas but lack the skills to commercialize it. Commercializing an idea is no easy task and they also fail.
The two students need each other.
At the University of Delaware, I saw minimal interaction between the entrepreneurial students and computer science students. The department buildings aren’t near each other. In New York, the NYU Tandon School of Engineering is in Brooklyn. The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute is in Washington Square Park.
The two parties aren’t together as much as they should be.
Creating an environment that fosters relationships is key to building more, better startups and growing college entrepreneurial ecosystems.