Global Innovation Training Programs

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

Global Entrepreneur Accelerator (GEA) Program

~Tailored International Technology/Business Accelerator Program for global collaboration~Customized programs to expedite your US entry

Program Objectives:

  1. Mentor an international startup on the U.S. market and regulatory system in order to tailor the business plan to the U.S. environment.
  2. Accelerate team skills to be able to pitch to U.S. investors and sell to U.S. customers.
  3. Network the company to potential customers, partners, incubators and investors in the San Diego Ecosystem.

The GEA program is a business localization program for a foreign startup through close 1:1 mentoring program, particularly for a startup that already has entrepreneurship training (like I-Corps) and an advanced technology (with proven proof of concept). The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur will provide the mentoring necessary to tailor the startup's business plan to the US environment in an effort to accelerate that business to market and be investor ready. The accelerator provides introduction to U.S. and Global markets, including leaders in relevant industry domain and venture firms. During this intensive 3 to 12 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 in 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 within the industry and investment community.

Overview of GEA Program

GEA Program Chart
UNIST visit 2016-MOU signing agreement

UNIST visit 2016-MOU signing agreement

Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), our partner in South Korea is the leading science and technology university located in the heart of Korea's largest industrial city, Ulsan, South Korea. Currently, two companies are enrolled in the program. Read about the signing agreement here.


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Innovation Training Workshops

Working with our partners at Global Connect, our innovation training workshops introduce participants 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: