“It was more than 30 years ago when a local businessman approached me, a computer science professor, to ask if any of my students could write some software for his business,” writes University of Sheffield emeritus professor Mike Holcombe. Holcombe writes about how what began as a classroom project for his computer science course evolved into the creation of a fully commercial company where students and graduates solved problems for clients. The article touches on how the company – epiGenesys – was set up to provide students with the supervision, framework, and assessment they needed to succeed and to help real clients secure high-quality software. Holcombe concludes by noting the ongoing success of the company and stating that a similar exercise could be taken on in other subjects. Times Higher Ed Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.