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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

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The Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Management (CEM) is a program for entrepreneurially minded MD students, DVM students, PhD students, and Post-Doctoral Associates in engineering, life sciences, and related disciplines who are interested in understanding the business, economic, and legal issues in scientific and high technical start-up ventures.

Watch the video of the Spring 2012 CEM graduates discussing their experience.

CEM students will learn the traditional ins and outs of entrepreneurship, such as creating a business plan, managing intellectual property, managing finances, marketing their busi­ness, and other skills related to entrepreneurial ventures. The CEM program consists of both classroom lectures on business fundamentals and experien­tial learning (modeled on the Kauffman FastTrac TechVenture Program) by working in groups on specific innovations.

The CEM program is a collaborative effort between the College of Business and the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. Learn more and register at

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