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What is the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur?

The Institute for Global Entrepreneur (IGE) is a collaboration between the Jacobs School of Engineering and Rady School of Management.  Our goal is to teach engineers to be leaders and entrepreneurs and to help promote commercialization within the Jacobs School of Engineering.

How do I apply?

You can go to our website at http://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/globalentrepreneur/

Who is eligible to take the class?

The BootCamp and course is geared towards graduates and Post-docs.  However, the 2-week BootCamp is open to undergraduates.

Do I need to have an idea for Lab-to-Market segment of the class?

No, you do have the opportunity to peruse the Office of Innovation licensed technology database for an idea to develop for commercialization.

How long is the program?

The program is nine months and the BootCamp which is conducted prior to the fall quarter is 2 weeks and may cover a weekend.

What is the cost of the program?

The program is $980.00 there is also an additional cost of $150.00 for books and materials.

How do I earn a Micro-MBA?

Participants in good standing will be able to earn a Micro-MBA at the end of the 2-Week BootCamp.

Are there scholarships available?

Limited scholarships are available for Graduate students.  They will be merit based.

How do I apply?

We open applications 2x a year in the fall for the winter cohort and in the winter for the spring cohort.

What are the qualifications?

Anyone with a unique idea and a team of at least 2 people can submit an application.  Any current student of UCSD is welcomed to apply.

Why do you have to have a team of 2 or more people?

The format of the class is geared towards creating a team and often times, the work is more than one person can handle.  We encourage a team for support within and outside the classroom environment.

Does my idea have to be disclosed to the Office of Innovation and Commercialization?

No, it does not.  We do like the ideas to be unique or at least have a unique perspective on execution of product or service.  For your protection, you should consider disclosing but it’s not required.

How long is the course?

The cohorts are at least 4 weeks long with homework prior to the first class.

What is the procedure for going to the National I-Corps?

Applications for the National I-Corps is done on a rolling basis.  If your innovation did not result from a NSF Grant, you will need to have participated in the local or regional I-Corps site or Node and get a recommendation from a faculty member.  Send your executive summary along with a letter of recommendation to icorps-apply@nsf.gov. Please click on the following link to get the National I-Corps FAQs.

How do I get started with applying for the National I-Corps Teams Program?

  1. To start the application process the I-Corps Team should email an Executive Summary (as outlined in Section II-PROGRAM DESCRIPTION) to icorps-apply@nsf.gov for review.

As described in the solicitation under Section II-PROGRAM DESCRIPTION, here are the next steps to start the process to be considered for the I-Corps Teams Program:

  1. Form your team (see below).

  2. Prepare a two-page Executive Summary that describes the following: Team Members. Composition and roles (Entrepreneurial Lead, Technical Lead, I-Corps Teams Mentor, plus any additional co-Entrepreneurial Leads, co-Technical Leads, or co-I-Corps Teams Mentors) of the team members proposing to undertake the commercialization feasibility research. Provide a few sentences on each team member describing their current position and background relevant to the proposed I-Corps project.

 

The Entrepreneurial Lead (EL) could be a Post-Doctoral scholar, graduate or other student or other personnel with relevant knowledge of the technology and a deep commitment to investigate the commercial landscape surrounding the innovation. The Entrepreneurial Lead should also be capable and have the will to support the transition of the technology, should the I-Corps project demonstrate the potential for commercial viability.

The I-Corps Teams Mentor (IM) will typically be an experienced entrepreneur with proximity to the institution and experience in transitioning technology out of Academic labs. The I-Corps Teams Mentor must be a third-party resource and may be recommended by the proposing institution. The I-Corps Mentor will be responsible for advising the team through the I-Corps process and helping the team navigate the business ecosystem in the specific application area(s).

The Technical Lead (TL) will typically be a faculty member, senior research scientist or postdoctoral scholar with deep and direct technical expertise in the actual core technology about which the I-Corps team is exploring commercial potential. Typically the Technical Lead will also serve as the proposal Principal Investigator (PI).

 

  1. Proposal Principal Investigator. Proposal Principal Investigator (PI) and a brief description of their connection to the team
  2. Lineage. Relevant current/previous NSF awards establishing team eligibility
  3. Current Plan. Brief description of the current commercialization plan
  4. Application/Market. Brief description of the potential commercial applications
  5. Technology. Brief description of the core technology
  6. Current Plan. Brief description of the current commercialization plan.

 

Forward the Executive Summary to icorps-apply@nsf.gov for review. Please click on the following link to get the full list of National I-Corps FAQs.

What is the difference between the Business Accelerator and Technology Accelerator?

The business accelerator goal is to accelerate alumni-founded businesses into their target market. The technology accelerator is geared strictly towards companies who have IP-related technology from the UC San Diego.

What are the requirements for the Business Accelerator?

The business has to be incorporated and have a management team in place.  The program is open to early-stage UCSD Alum Founders, students, faculty and affiliated startups.

How do I apply?

We have a rolling application process.  You can apply on our website under the tech accelerator page. http://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/ige/technologyaccelerator.shtml.

My idea is not tied to UCSD in concept or intellectual property (IP). Can I still apply to the accelerator?

No, unfortunately, you must be a principle on an idea, concept and have IP tied to the university.  If the idea is your own, with no university affiliation, you may qualify for the NSF I-Corps program or if  you have incorporated, you may qualify for the Business Accelerator.

What is the Gordon Scholar Program?

The Gordon Scholars program offers a clearly defined pathway for students to develop into engineering leaders. Over a one year period, Scholars learn the principles, theory, attitudes and skill sets required to be an engineering leader through a progressive education, training and practice program.

What are the requirments to join?

Early admittance and Engineering Major undergrad and graduate students who have demonstrated engineering leadership. Undergrads apply here, graduates apply here

What would effectively demonstrate leadership for the student to qualify for the program.?

For graduate students-the student can point to successfully executed engineering projects within industry, academia, or equivalent (including leadership in student organizations). Students' engineering leadership qualities have to be documented and highlighted by their project/internship mentors/supervisors, and this documentation must be part of each student's application package. If you are not sure, please free to contact the Gordon Center at gordoncenter@ucsd.edu

What is a Gordon Fellow?

A Gordon Fellow is an Engineering Leadership Award given to nominated individuals or teams in the following categories: Undergrad ($1000 prize), Grad ($10,000) Professional (no monetary prize) and High School Cosmos students ($100 per team member. Learn more here.

What is the process to becoming a mentor?

IGE is always looking for qualified experts in the area of technology, finance and business development. You can fill out an interest form and someone will respond to your request.

What does an NSF I-Corps mentor do?

I-Corps Mentors are advisors that have two primary roles. First, by being a third party resource for the team, the mentor can help the team recognize and reduce confirmation bias during the customer discovery process. In this role the I-Corps Mentor is in some ways an extension of the I-Corps Teaching Team in helping the team absorb and apply the relevant lessons. Second, the I-Corps Mentor should be someone that has industry contacts and knows the ecosystem of the target market area. I-Corps Teams will be interviewing more than 100 potential customers and potential partners in person. A good mentor can help the team find the right people to interview.

What is the difference between an instructor and mentor in IGE's program?

All our mentors are entrepreneurs who have extension experience in startups, as founders or senior management who provide guidance and feedback to our students and startup teams. Some are also instructors teaching workshops and offering office hours to our students and start-up teams. Mentors can be either business and/or technology advisors. Finally, some mentors functions as domain experts advising teams and students on specific technologies in areas of interest.

What is the Global Entrepreneur Accelerator Program?

GEA's aim is to mentor international startups on the U.S. market and regulatory system in order for them to tailor the business plan to the U.S. environment. Currently, we have a collaboration with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST).

What is the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur?

The Institute for Global Entrepreneur (IGE) is a collaboration between the Jacobs School of Engineering and Rady School of Management.  Our goal is to teach engineers to be leaders and entrepreneurs and to help promote commercialization within the Jacobs School of Engineering.

How do I apply?

You can go to our website at http://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/globalentrepreneur/

Who is eligible to take the class?

The BootCamp and course is geared towards graduates and Post-docs.  However, the 2-week BootCamp is open to undergraduates.

Do I need to have an idea for Lab-to-Market segment of the class?

No, you do have the opportunity to peruse the Office of Innovation licensed technology database for an idea to develop for commercialization.

How long is the program?

The program is nine months and the BootCamp which is conducted prior to the fall quarter is 2 weeks and may cover a weekend.

What is the cost of the program?

The program is $980.00 there is also an additional cost of $150.00 for books and materials.

How do I earn a Micro-MBA?

Participants in good standing will be able to earn a Micro-MBA at the end of the 2-Week BootCamp.

Are there scholarships available?

Limited scholarships are available for Graduate students.  They will be merit based.

How do I apply?

We open applications 2x a year in the fall for the winter cohort and in the winter for the spring cohort.

What are the qualifications?

Anyone with a unique idea and a team of at least 2 people can submit an application.  Any current student of UCSD is welcomed to apply.

Why do you have to have a team of 2 or more people?

The format of the class is geared towards creating a team and often times, the work is more than one person can handle.  We encourage a team for support within and outside the classroom environment.

Does my idea have to be disclosed to the Office of Innovation and Commercialization?

No, it does not.  We do like the ideas to be unique or at least have a unique perspective on execution of product or service.  For your protection, you should consider disclosing but it’s not required.

How long is the course?

The cohorts are at least 4 weeks long with homework prior to the first class.

What is the procedure for going to the National I-Corps?

Applications for the National I-Corps is done on a rolling basis.  If your innovation did not result from a NSF Grant, you will need to have participated in the local or regional I-Corps site or Node and get a recommendation from a faculty member.  Send your executive summary along with a letter of recommendation to icorps-apply@nsf.gov. Please click on the following link to get the National I-Corps FAQs.

How do I get started with applying for the National I-Corps Teams Program?

  1. To start the application process the I-Corps Team should email an Executive Summary (as outlined in Section II-PROGRAM DESCRIPTION) to icorps-apply@nsf.gov for review.

As described in the solicitation under Section II-PROGRAM DESCRIPTION, here are the next steps to start the process to be considered for the I-Corps Teams Program:

  1. Form your team (see below).

  2. Prepare a two-page Executive Summary that describes the following: Team Members. Composition and roles (Entrepreneurial Lead, Technical Lead, I-Corps Teams Mentor, plus any additional co-Entrepreneurial Leads, co-Technical Leads, or co-I-Corps Teams Mentors) of the team members proposing to undertake the commercialization feasibility research. Provide a few sentences on each team member describing their current position and background relevant to the proposed I-Corps project.

 

The Entrepreneurial Lead (EL) could be a Post-Doctoral scholar, graduate or other student or other personnel with relevant knowledge of the technology and a deep commitment to investigate the commercial landscape surrounding the innovation. The Entrepreneurial Lead should also be capable and have the will to support the transition of the technology, should the I-Corps project demonstrate the potential for commercial viability.

The I-Corps Teams Mentor (IM) will typically be an experienced entrepreneur with proximity to the institution and experience in transitioning technology out of Academic labs. The I-Corps Teams Mentor must be a third-party resource and may be recommended by the proposing institution. The I-Corps Mentor will be responsible for advising the team through the I-Corps process and helping the team navigate the business ecosystem in the specific application area(s).

The Technical Lead (TL) will typically be a faculty member, senior research scientist or postdoctoral scholar with deep and direct technical expertise in the actual core technology about which the I-Corps team is exploring commercial potential. Typically the Technical Lead will also serve as the proposal Principal Investigator (PI).

 

  1. Proposal Principal Investigator. Proposal Principal Investigator (PI) and a brief description of their connection to the team
  2. Lineage. Relevant current/previous NSF awards establishing team eligibility
  3. Current Plan. Brief description of the current commercialization plan
  4. Application/Market. Brief description of the potential commercial applications
  5. Technology. Brief description of the core technology
  6. Current Plan. Brief description of the current commercialization plan.

 

Forward the Executive Summary to icorps-apply@nsf.gov for review. Please click on the following link to get the full list of National I-Corps FAQs.

What is the difference between the Business Accelerator and Technology Accelerator?

The business accelerator goal is to accelerate alumni-founded businesses into their target market. The technology accelerator is geared strictly towards companies who have IP-related technology from the UC San Diego.

What are the requirements for the Business Accelerator?

The business has to be incorporated and have a management team in place.  The program is open to early-stage UCSD Alum Founders, students, faculty and affiliated startups.

How do I apply?

We have a rolling application process.  You can apply on our website under the tech accelerator page. http://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/ige/technologyaccelerator.shtml.

My idea is not tied to UCSD in concept or intellectual property (IP). Can I still apply to the accelerator?

No, unfortunately, you must be a principle on an idea, concept and have IP tied to the university.  If the idea is your own, with no university affiliation, you may qualify for the NSF I-Corps program or if  you have incorporated, you may qualify for the Business Accelerator.

What is the Gordon Scholar Program?

The Gordon Scholars program offers a clearly defined pathway for students to develop into engineering leaders. Over a one year period, Scholars learn the principles, theory, attitudes and skill sets required to be an engineering leader through a progressive education, training and practice program.

What are the requirments to join?

Early admittance and Engineering Major undergrad and graduate students who have demonstrated engineering leadership. Undergrads apply here, graduates apply here

What would effectively demonstrate leadership for the student to qualify for the program.?

For graduate students-the student can point to successfully executed engineering projects within industry, academia, or equivalent (including leadership in student organizations). Students' engineering leadership qualities have to be documented and highlighted by their project/internship mentors/supervisors, and this documentation must be part of each student's application package. If you are not sure, please free to contact the Gordon Center at gordoncenter@ucsd.edu

What is a Gordon Fellow?

A Gordon Fellow is an Engineering Leadership Award given to nominated individuals or teams in the following categories: Undergrad ($1000 prize), Grad ($10,000) Professional (no monetary prize) and High School Cosmos students ($100 per team member. Learn more here.

What is the process to becoming a mentor?

IGE is always looking for qualified experts in the area of technology, finance and business development. You can fill out an interest form and someone will respond to your request.

What does an NSF I-Corps mentor do?

I-Corps Mentors are advisors that have two primary roles. First, by being a third party resource for the team, the mentor can help the team recognize and reduce confirmation bias during the customer discovery process. In this role the I-Corps Mentor is in some ways an extension of the I-Corps Teaching Team in helping the team absorb and apply the relevant lessons. Second, the I-Corps Mentor should be someone that has industry contacts and knows the ecosystem of the target market area. I-Corps Teams will be interviewing more than 100 potential customers and potential partners in person. A good mentor can help the team find the right people to interview.

What is the difference between an instructor and mentor in IGE's program?

All our mentors are entrepreneurs who have extension experience in startups, as founders or senior management who provide guidance and feedback to our students and startup teams. Some are also instructors teaching workshops and offering office hours to our students and start-up teams. Mentors can be either business and/or technology advisors. Finally, some mentors functions as domain experts advising teams and students on specific technologies in areas of interest.

What is the Global Entrepreneur Accelerator Program?

GEA's aim is to mentor international startups on the U.S. market and regulatory system in order for them to tailor the business plan to the U.S. environment. Currently, we have a collaboration with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST).