Global Innovation Training Programs

We offer innovation training and entrepreneurship services to our strategic industry and academic partners around the word. Our programs can be tailored to meet your organization’s specific objectives for educating entrepreneurial engineering leaders or launching innovative companies or products.


Innovation Training Workshops


During our innovation training workshops, participants are introduced to commercialization skills including team formation, customer validation, defining value proposition, building the business model, go-to-market planning.

Our academic, government, and industry partners send teams of engineering innovators for an immersive experience at UC San Diego. Workshops are generally 1-2 weeks and include classroom instruction and visits to technology companies and incubators in the San Diego region. By the end of the training, students are prepared to pitch their innovation ideas to investors or corporate decision makers.


"The key point I learned from the program at UC San Diego was that I should validate if my hypothesis is true by going out of the laboratory and meeting industry people to find their pain, the real problem that they have."


-- Professor Shintaro Hisatake, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan. Professor Hisatake received a $1 million grant for his research on electromagnetic waves after interviews with major automotive companies demonstrated that his theoretical research has practical application for automotive safety.


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Our Clients


Our list of clients for innovation training and workshops includes:


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Visiting Entrepreneur Fellow (VEF)


The Visiting Entrepreneur Fellow program is designed for corporate engineers who want to increase their innovation skills and learn how to bring their research project to market.

During this three-month program, Visiting Entrepreneur Fellows participate in a training and mentoring experience on campus. A VEF is matched with a domain-specific business coach and participates in a formal commercialization training program together with milestone-based coaching that includes team formation, customer discovery, idea validation, and preparing pitches for investors and corporate decision makers.

The VEF program is often coupled with the Jacobs School’s Visiting Industry Research Fellow program in which corporate engineers work under the direction of Jacobs School faculty on leading edge research topics.


Custom Technology Accelerator Projects


The Technology Accelerator is designed for teams who are preparing to seek customer interest and investment in their start-up company. The accelerator provides introduction to U.S. and Global markets, including leaders in relevant industry domain and venture firms. During this intensive 3 to 6 month program, entrepreneurial teams are assigned a domain-expert business coach and have access to Institute-affiliated faculty. Together the coach and team determine commercialization milestones including US market and customer discovery; refining value propositions, revenue models and business models to facilitate customer and investment interest; and establishing connections and discussions with relevant contacts in industry and investment community.