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Fox Family Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate Program

This certificate program has been designed to introduce IGB and science academics to fundamental business methodologies including creating a business plan, managing intellectual property, overseeing finances, marketing and customer discovery, and other skills essential for entrepreneurial ventures. 

The thirteen week curriculum will expose students to an environment and resources from around campus that are necessary to become a successful innovator and entrepreneur. 

To register please fill out the Certificate application here.

Sample Course Syllabus

Date Session Guest Speaker Time  Location Assignment

Tuesday 2/6/2018

Developing a Project Office of Technology Management 5pm-7pm IGB 612 Business Model Canvas

Wednesday 2/14/2018

NSF I-Corp Introduction Jed Taylor, Director at Technology Entrepreneur Center 5pm-7pm IGB 612 Customer Interview

Tuesday 2/20/2018

Fox Family Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lecture Series Andrew Miller Noon-2pm IGB 612 Elevator Pitch
Tuesday 2/27/2018 Securing Funding Panel Panel 5pm-7pm IGB 612  

Tuesday 3/6/2018

The Basics of Pitching Harlee Sorkin, Co-founder and Managing Director of Common Place Holdings, LLC 5pm-7pm IGB 612 Pitch slide deck

Tuesday 3/13/2018

TBA TBA TBA TBA  

Thursday 3/29/2018

Fox Family Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lecture Series

Catherine Kleinmuntz Noon-2pm IGB 612  

Tuesday 4/3/2018

Research Park Tour Laura Frerichs Noon-2pm Research Park  

Tuesday 4/10/2018

IGB Start-up Experience TBA 5pm-7pm IGB 612  

Tuesday 4/17/2018

Consumer Genomics TBA 5pm-7pm IGB 612  

Tuesday 4/24/2018

Final Pitches and Graduation Judge Panel 5pm-7pm IGB 612  

Tuesday 5/1/2018

Genetic Code-a-thon College of Bysuness Judge Panel 5pm - 8pm  IGB 612  

 

FAQs

What are the academic requirements for admission?

This course has been designed for graduate students and professionals working in science and engineering fields. You are required to have completed a bachelor's degree.

What are the course requirements?

Each session will involve lecture, discussion and group work. You are required to attend and participate in general discussion and group work. You will be required to attend two Fox Family Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lectures as well as one Technology Entrepreneurship Center Social Fuse and Research Park Startup Cafe (dates and times TBA).

How many hours will be required?

Plan on spending 2-4 hours a week on the program.

How will I pay for the program?

The program will cost $200 to cover food and teaching costs (meals will be provided for each session). You can pay with a credit card. A secondary registration process will be provided closer to the start date to finalize registration and payment.

Contact

Courtney Cox, Ph.D., Cox22@illinois or 217-300-8870