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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

Tuesday 2/7/2017

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

Wednesday 2/15/2017

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

Tuesday 2/21/2017

Fox Family Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lecture Series Harold Craighead 10:30 am - 1 pm IGB 612

Wednesday 3/1/2017

The basics of pitching Harlee Sorkin, Co-founder and Managing Director of Common Place Holdings, LLC 5pm-7pm IGB 612

Tuesday 3/7/2017

Technology Entrepreneurship Center Social Fuse TEC 5pm-7pm IGB 612

Wednesday 3/15/2017

Securing funding panel TBA 5pm-7pm IGB 612

Tuesday 3/28/2017

Pitch practice TBA 5pm -7 pm IGB 612

Tuesday 4/4/2017

Fox Family Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lecture Series Tom Denison 12pm - 2 pm IGB 612

Tuesday 4/11/2017

Research Park Tour TBA Noon-2pm Research Park

Tuesday

4/18/2017

TBA TBA 5pm-7pm IGB 612

Tuesday 4/25/2017

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

Saturday 5/6/2017

Genetic Code-a-thon with College of Business Judge Panel 10 am - 2pm  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 $150 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