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:

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.)



SEA Information Session May 12th

UCSC SUMMER ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACADEMYThis Informational Session will explain UCSC’s first accelerator class, Summer Entrepreneurship Academy where Innovation meets Customer’s needs.

Thursday, May 12 at 2 PM – 3 PM
Room 599 in Engineering 2, UCSC
In this 8-week program, students build teams consisting of one or more students as entrepreneurial leads and a mentor with start-up experience that can help the students discover and develop their business model.


The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship or CIED is hosting the 4th annual Business Design Showcase returns as a more intense, invitation-only business-plan competition:


TiE Silicon Valley | 415 Oakmead Parkway | Sunnyvale
Tuesday | April 12, 2016 | 3:30 to 6:30 PM

Naeem ZafarSeventeen teams consisting of one to six people, the sole or lead member of which must be a UCSC graduate or undergraduate student, will compete in this year’s BDS competition. The individuals or teams turn in their business plans by April 8 and give their PowerPoint presentations before a judges panel of entrepreneurs on April 12. The judges select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Following the judging, all competing businesses display their product or service prototypes and give their 5-minute-or-less pitches in an open forum at the Business Design Showcase, starting at 3:30 PM in the conference space of TiE Silicon Valley. Attendees of the Business Design Showcase—venture capitalists, investment bankers, CEOs, patent attorneys, hiring representatives, and UC Santa Cruz VIPs and area alumni—vote with their Slug Bucks seed-funding money for the People’s Choice Award. Serial entrepreneur and UC Berkeley Haas Business School instructor Naeem Zafar will give the keynote address, and the winner of the People’s Choice Award, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st places will be announced during the Showcase.

Hear Sue Carter and Nada Miljkovic talk about it.


What is the NSF Innovation Corps?

The NSF Innovation Corps (NSF I-CorpsTM) is a set of activities and programs that prepare scientists and engineers for extending their focus beyond the laboratory and broadens the impact of select, NSF-funded, basic-research projects. Teams of three are comprised of the previously-funded NSF grant Principal Investigator, an Entrepreneurial Lead, and an Industry Mentor.

This $50,000, 6-month grant kicks off with an intense 6-week, course using the Lean LaunchPad and the Business Model Canvas. It demands that teams “get out of the building” and undergo customer discovery to test their technology concept’s hypothesized product-market fit and commercial viability. Additionally, weekly webinars are conducted to review educational material and discuss what the teams learned in their customer interviews. At the end of the course, the teams present a 10-slide PowerPoint and a video of “Lessons Learned” in front of the national teaching team, NSF directors, venture capitalists, angel investors, and their fellow classmates.