About the Program

The Jacobs School of Engineering and the Rady School of Management are partnering through the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (IGE) to bring a compelling business certificate program to UC San Diego M.S. and Ph.D. engineering students. The program is designed to help students gain business acumen, build new ventures, and improve career preparedness.

Students start with the business bootcamp that teaches them the economics and business concepts of value creation and capture as well as technology-driven innovation, team work, and venture formation. This is followed by a three-course academic series on technology and market opportunity assessment and validation. During the final two quarters, engineers and MBA students work together on project teams in the Rady School's signature Lab to Market capstone project course. Jacobs School students have the opportunity to propose projects from their own research for Lab to Market. The bootcamp will run just prior to the commencement of the Fall term and the subsequent three courses will be in the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms.

IGE UC San Diego

Students who complete the program will be recognized as Technology Management and Entrepreneurism Fellows and receive a certificate of completion. This program, worth several thousand dollars in tuition per student, is sponsored by the Jacobs School and Rady School and offered at no tuition cost for selected students. Students will be expected to pay about $100-$150 per course for curriculum material.

What you will learn

  • The language of business, enabling effective participation in cross-functional teams
  • How to create and capture customer value
  • Economics fundamentals for Business Creation and Growth
  • Project and Operations Management
  • Team building and leadership
  • How to apply this new knowledge to a real project: you will demonstrate how technical and business decision making come together to enable commercially viable innovation

Course Series

September 2017
Business Bootcamp

Discovery of new business ideas for value creation and capture; Economic foundations.
(for Engineers)
Dates: September 18-27
Time: TBD

Fall Quarter 2017
Topics in Innovation

Innovation and operations management for engineers. Business design for scalability and sustainability.       
(for Engineers)

Winter Quarter 2018
Lab to Market Workshop

(Engineers + Rady MBA students)

Spring Quarter 2018
Lab to Market Workshop

(Engineers + Rady MBA students)

Course Description

Business Bootcamp
This is a hands-on, fast-paced workshop led by a combination of University faculty, entrepreneurs and industry executives. Students will learn the fundamentals of leadership, customer-centered design, team science, economic foundations of value creation and capture, and project execution.

Topics in Innovation (taught by Rady faculty) is a hands-on course dealing with the business knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to become an innovative, opportunity-driven, and entrepreneurial leader. We are specifically focused on business design - how to identify a scalable new project or venture idea that fulfills a market need and adds social and economic value. The course differs from most entrepreneurship courses in that it is aimed at training growth-oriented professionals for both startup and established settings. The emphasis is on scalable science and technology based innovations. The course is specifically targeted for engineering graduate students by including content on project management, organizational leadership, venture finance and accounting, and team excellence.

Lab to Market Workshop I & II:
Jacobs School students join Rady MBA students In teams for this project sequence, which focuses on innovation to market, evaluating whether specific innovations are commercially viable and then developing first a business case and then a full business plan. Projects are chosen and undertaken by student teams, with support from Rady School faculty and from a team of mentors and advisors.


Vish Krishnan
Associate Director, Institute for the Global Entrepreneur
Professor of Innovation, Technology & Operations
Rady School Faculty Director

Email: vk@ucsd.edu
Phone: (858) 822-1991