Summer Startups Entrepreneurship Academy, Crown 90
is for All Students, Lifelong Learners, Graduates & Undergraduates
The 3rd annual UCS Santa Cruz Summer Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA) begins with a 1-day intensive workshop, June 25, 2018, 6 weeks of webinars, weekly office hours with Instructors and Mentors, and ends August 17, 2018, with a 1-day intensive workshop when students present their final projects. It is created for working folk and is mostly online.
In the summer, all students are welcome from any college and prerequisites and restrictions are lifted. Visiting students register through Summer.ucsc.edu.
Students build teams with one student as entrepreneurial lead and are assigned mentors based on their business ideas. Students received funding, either from the NSF I-Corps grant to CIED as a newly established NSF I-Corps Site or from the IDEA Hub to aid them in the main course task of “getting out of the building” to interview potential customers each week. Based on feedback, they adjust and hone their business value propositions. Teams prepare weekly slide decks based on the lessons learned from customer discovery and present these during the Friday afternoon webinars.
Learn more about the National Science Foundation I-Corps grant funding of STEM research commercialization that SEA students may qualify for and about other funding for innovation and entrepreneurship via the SEA course at the SEA website.
Co-taught by CIED Director Sue Carter and Nada Miljkovic, Instructor at Crown College, SEA (Crown 90, Section 70943) is a 5-credit PR-E GE and Independent Studies for graduate students course based on Steve Blank’s Lean LaunchPad and the NSF I-Corps program.
Students in this course learn who their core and tertiary customers are, the marketing processes required for initial adoption and downstream sustainability, what data will be required by future partnerships and users, and core project management, financial, legal, and marketing resources needed for new companies. Students also learn to assess intellectual property and risk before they design and build and to identify financing and other key resources early.
Each week, students are expected to "get out of the building" and talk to at least 10 potential customers, partners, channels and/or related experts. Students prepare weekly powerpoint slides based on the lessons learned from the customer discovery that they present during the webinars and receive feedback from the teaching time.
UCSC Startup Entrepreneurship Academy Summer class begins June 25th and ends August 13th, 2018.
Take a look at the syllabus from our recent 8-Week Summer session for more information.