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Recommended Citation: Abrahams, A.  Creating e-Commerce Start-ups with Information Systems Students: Lessons Learned from New Venture Successes and Failures.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2009, v 26 (Washington DC): §2326. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 8(35). ISSN: 1545-679X.)
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Creating e-Commerce Start-ups with Information Systems Students: Lessons Learned from New Venture Successes and Failures

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Refereed19 pages
Alan Abrahams    [a1] [a2]
Business Information Technology Department
Virginia Tech    [u1] [u2]
Blacksburg, Virginia, USA    [c1] [c2]

In this paper, we review a variety of e-commerce startups created by senior information systems students, under the authorís guidance, over a number of years at multiple universities. We compare the characteristics of the start-ups and comment on various factors which appear to have contributed to their success or failure. Our recommendations are intended to help information systems educators to improve the chances of new venture success in their classrooms, and to enhance the pedagogic value of e-commerce courses.

Keywords: electronic commerce, new venture, small business, capstone

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