Lessons Learned from the Shark Tank: Starting, Growing, and Selling a Successful Business

Lessons learned from Shark Tank

Participants will gain a strengthened understanding of where their idea or venture is headed next—and how to take it there. It’s possible to go from a concept to a business of value in five weeks.

This course does not provide a generic roadmap to success. It allows people to create an individualized pathway for their business. 

Entrepreneurs with big plans, small-business owners trying to break even, and company executives who want to reach a higher level all will find value in this experience.

Topics and lessons

  • Planning and execution, employee management, financing, valuations, stock, and franchising
  • Candid stories from guest speakers who can communicate real-world advantage


  • Course resources selected to illustrate aspects of starting, running, and selling a business
  • Opportunity to complete and be evaluated on five short projects on either selected readings or assigned cases
  • Class meeting with Barbara Corcoran, angel investor for ABC’s Shark Tank
  • Light snacks, water, and coffee during course meetings and an end-of-course dinner at Miguel Gonzalez’s home
  • Upon conclusion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Gabelli School of Business

Course timetable 

Times and Dates

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., from Feb 20 through March 26, 2018


Fordham University Lincoln Center campus


$5,950 for the five-week course

Who will benefit from this course?

  • Corporate executives—CEOs, CFOs, human resource managers
  • Small-business owners
  • Entrepreneurs looking to start a business

Additional details

  • Each attendee will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement to protect the information shared in class and to allow for open and candid dialogue.
  • Students will be granted access to Fordham University technology and resources for on-campus use during the five-week program, including a full suite of library resources, such as subject databases, e-journals, e-books, videos, and a multimedia collection

Contact details

Please contact Greg Cooper at gcooper7@fordham.edu or 212.636.7301 for more information.


  • Miguel Gonzalez

    Miguel Gonzalez is a financial specialist with more than 17 years of success in overseeing investment of funds, managing risk, supervising cash-management activities, and developing capital-raising strategies. Areas of expertise include insurance, investments, taxation, compliance procedures, and international trade.   

    • Managing partner at Cortburg Retirement Planning
    • Chief Investment Officer (CIO) for Barbara Corcoran Inc. with ABC’s Shark Tank 
    • Previously served as a financial advisor at JPMorgan Chase Bank, global private client group of Merrill Lynch, and ING Financial Advisors
    • Former consultant for the World Bank in Moscow, Russia
    • Earned MBA from Columbia Business School
    • Active member of the International Foundation of Retirement Education, New York State Society of CPAs, and the Estate Planning Council of New York City
    • Speaks English, Spanish, and Russian