UCSC 2017 Summer Entrepreneurship Academy

business-561388_960_720-770x300Summer Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA) Crown 90 for Graduates & Undergraduates

This 8-week program is offered by UC Santa Cruz’s Summer Session and is based on the Lean Launchpad and NSF I-Corps model. Students build teams consisting of one or more students as entrepreneurial leads and a mentor with start-up experience to help the students discover and develop their business model.

The SEA Crown 90 is a 5-credit course that satisfies the PR-C (Practice Creative Process) GE requirement and Independent Studies class (for graduate students). 

images-2Students 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.images-3

This course begins with a 1-day intensive workshop, 6 weeks of webinars, and ends with a 1-day intensive workshop when students give their final presentations.

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 Summer 8 Week Session: July 7 - August 18, 2017

Take a look at the syllabus for more information.

For more information contact:

Nada Miljkovic
UCSC Crown Instructor
Phone: 831.824.4804
Email: nada@ucsc.edu

Office: Crown College 109

Dr. Sue Carter
UCSC Professor of Physics
Phone: 831.459.3657
Fax: 831.459.3043
Email: sacarter@ucsc.edu

Graduate Students should contact Sue and Undergraduates should contact Nada.

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SEA Informational Session

Student entrepreneurs, we are again teaching SEA at UCSC this summer. We are having an informational session, Wednesday, May 31st at 7 pm at the Crown College Fireside Lounge.

Are you serious about your business idea and getting it to funded reality?
Don’t miss taking the CIED Summer Entrepreneurship Academy and learning if you have customers for your idea.
Here is the course listed on UCSC’s summer session: http://summer.ucsc.edu/courses/colleges.html

Summer Entrepreneurship Academy: Discovering and Launching a Business

  • CRWN 90


    Open to ALL students, from any college during Summer.

    Explores business-learning fundamentals. Based on the nine basic building blocks of the Business Model Canvas, encourages students to move products from the lab and into the market. Encourages students to talk to potential customers, partners, and competitors; and each student team presents its findings each week. Business-learning fundamentals are delivered online, so workshops focus on face-to-face interactions between students, their mentors, and the instructional team. Culminates in students giving their final executive business-plan presentation and story-making video. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)



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