Gateway – Basics of Technology Commercialization taught students how to assess and develop products such as pharmaceuticals, computer science, energy, and medical devices. The course was organized around the basic elements of taking technology from conception to development and commercialization, including understanding technology, developing a plan to get to market, and assessing market potential.
Elective – The History of Innovation provided an overview of the history of innovation & entrepreneurship in the United States since the 18020s. Topics included invention, corporate research and development, intellectual property, sources of investment, regulation, and American competitiveness in global markets. During the course, we studied examples such as the development of mass manufacturing at Ford, the rise of Silicon Valley, the evolution of Apple Computers, and the development of the atomic bomb using a variety of primary sources from political speeches to advertisements to patent records. This course paid particular attention to the evolution of markets, advances in science and technology, and development of public policy related to innovation and entrepreneurship.
Keystone – Strategies for Innovation and Entrepreneurship covered key elements of developing the skills needed to launch a venture. Beginning with identifying a need or problem to solve, the course discussed lean methodology; innovation and entrepreneurship strategy; creating the needed financing and resource structures; effectively marketing/ communicating the innovation and its associated benefits; leading, managing, and working effectively within teams; creating a positive and ethical work culture; and evaluating success.
Capstone – Innovation and Entrepreneurship Capstone focused on team-based, project-based work to learn about innovation and entrepreneurship and the roles each play in addressing problems. Through projects, the goal is to learn fundamental concepts and principles crucial to building a brand or company, apply knowledge to entrepreneurial projects, conduct inquiry through field methods including surveys, and communicate ideas orally.