Technology Commercialization

Institute for the Global Entrepreneur

Are you interested in learning how to drive innovation?

The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (IGE) encompasses education and training programs, mentoring, and strategic partnerships, all working toward a common goal: preparing engineers and MBA students to become change makers, technical leaders, and entrepreneurs who drive innovation within organizations both large and small.

The Institute, a collaboration between the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and Rady School of Management, is setting up a joint degree program that matches Rady MBA students with Jacobs School graduate students for practical innovation training in a team environment.

Follow the link above for progress on the development of this new degree program.

von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center
Within the IGE, and located in the Jacobs School of Engineering, is the von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center. This Center is dedicated to mentoring faculty and student inventors through the proof-of-concept process.

The Center provides commercialization support to bridge the gap between exciting laboratory discoveries and products that address market needs. VLC celebrationExperienced Technology & Business Advisors guide faculty and student inventors throughout the technology assessment, proof-of-concept and early stages of the commercialization process. Once technology feasibility is demonstrated, these innovators can attract the entrepreneurial talent and capital that they need to advance their technology toward the marketplace.

Among participating universities across the nation, this Center hosts one of the most active NSF I-Corps sites for training engineering and science innovators in the Lean Start-up and Customer Discovery methodology.

The Center also conducts seminars, webinars, and workshops on venture mechanics and topics related to commercialization in specific market sectors. The events are delivered in partnership with local expert organizations and expert practitioners that are willing to share their knowledge with UC San Diego students. Visit this site for current information on these upcoming events.

Science and engineering students are also trained to become more effective contributors in fast-moving technology companies through the Center’s series of four graduate-level courses and undergraduate Product Design course, which expose students to the basic principles of entrepreneurism, product development, technology assessment and venture creation.

The courses are based on readings, case studies, exercises and projects. While there will be some lecture/discussions with the instructors and business guests, the main emphasis is learning through hands-on practice and experience.

Graduate Courses Offered:

  • ENG 201 – Venture Mechanics (4) (Fall Quarter)
  • ENG 202 – Enterprise Dynamics (4) Winter Quarter)
  • ENG 203 – Applied Innovation (4) (Spring Quarter)
  • ENG 207 – Corporate Entrepreneurship for Global Competitiveness (4) (Spring Quarter)

For contact information and more information on these course offerings, visit this site

About The Proof of Concept Institute, Inc.

The Proof of Concept Institute, Inc. is a California 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation, whose mission is to develop educational materials and programs for research scientists, clinicians, and engineers that will facilitate more efficient transfer of public-funded (university and federal laboratory) technology and intellectual property to the private sector, where products and services can be developed for the common good and to support U.S. global competitiveness.

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UC San Diego Research Affairs
Office of Innovation & Commercialization

Call Us: (858) 534-5815
Email: innovation@ucsd.edu

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