Principles of Entrepreneurship
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ZIPCAR CASE STUDY
The Zipcar car case study allows you to closely track the development and evolution of the
company’s business model in the very early stages of its life. The case describes the
development of Zipcar, a car sharing service located in Boston, but with national ambitions.
The case includes the very first version of a financial model for the business, a version that
was developed after significantly more research and which served as the basis for funding
and actually starting the business; and finally, the case provides data from the first few
months of operations which must then be played back against this articulation of the business
model to determine how the company is faring.
Provide a 2500 word report that analyses the Zipcar case study and evaluates the business
from inception of the idea, developing of the business plan through to the financing of the
venture. The analysis and evaluation should consider the potential of the venture as well as
the progress the team has made this far.
Students are encouraged to use any theoretical concepts and industry examples to offer depth
Embedding alternative perspectives; strategies and processes is encouraged as it would offer
coherence and synthesis to the narrative.
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