Interdisciplinary Teams: Development of commercially viable financial software products

Anthony Joseph, Pace University

In an interdisciplinary Entrepreneurial Financial Computing course with a Financial Computing project component, students were grouped into teams for the purpose of developing commercially viable financial software products. Of the twenty-five registered students, nine majored in computing and the remainder majored in finance. Seven teams consisting of three to five students, with at least one from computer science, were formed. The nine mentors who guided the teams in small business development, project orientation, market identification, business plan, and software marketability provided an experiential entrepreneurial perspective to the course. Visual BASIC and Java were among the software tools used. Successful teams were assembled by the lead investigator, functioned as entrepreneurial business enterprises, and developed innovative products within the designated time. Of the four successful teams, two stood out in terms of their products’ commercial viability, financial application, and computing functionality.

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