The Jacobs School of Engineering and the Rady School of Management are partnering with the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (IGE) to bring a compelling business program to UC San Diego M.S. and Ph.D. engineering students. The program is designed to help students gain business acumen, build new ventures, and improve career preparedness.

Students start with a workshop that teaches them the economics and business concepts of value creation as well as technology-driven innovation, teamwork, and venture formation. This is followed by a three-course academic series on technology and market opportunity assessment and validation. During the final two quarters, engineers and MBA students work together on project teams in the Rady School's signature Lab to Market capstone project course. 

Students who complete the program will be recognized as Technology Management and Entrepreneurism Fellows and receive a certificate of completion. The cost of the program is $300.00 and students in good standing receive a certificate from Rady School of Management. There is no additional tuition fee for the credit-bearing courses for Graduate students, but students may be required to pay for course materials.

What You Will Learn
  • The language of business, enabling effective participation in cross-functional teams
  • How to create and capture customer value
  • Economics fundamentals for Business Creation and Growth
  • Project and Operations Management
  • Team building and leadership
  • How to apply this new knowledge to a real project: you will demonstrate how technical and business decision making come together to enable commercially viable innovation


Benefits of the Program
  • Priority consideration for IGE's Accelerator Programs
  • Opportunity to develop new technology applications from existing technology or develop your own technology
  • Better prepared to enter the workforce and better job opportunities

The Program at a Glance
  • Business Bootcamp
  • 3 Courses, 12 units (Fall, Winter, Spring Quarters)
  • Certificate of Completion awarded
  • Certificate from the Rady School
  • Competitive selection



Course Series

Intro Workshop
Discovery of new business ideas for value creation and capture; Economic foundations. (for Engineers)
Dates: 2022 dates to be determined 
Fall Quarter 2022
MGT 412 - Lab to Market: Opportunity Identification and Business Model Analysis 
(Engineers + Rady MBA students)
Winter Quarter 2023
MGT 414A - Lab to Market Workshop I
(Engineers + Rady MBA students)
Spring Quarter 2023
MGT 414B - Lab to Market Workshop II
(Engineers + Rady MBA students)


Course Description

Business Workshop

This is a hands-on, fast-paced workshop led by a combination of University faculty, entrepreneurs, and industry executives. Students will learn the fundamentals of leadership, customer-centered design, team science, economic foundations of value creation and capture, and project execution.

Opportunity Identification and Business Model Analysis

This is taught by the Rady faculty and is a hands-on course dealing with the business knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to become an innovative, opportunity-driven, and entrepreneurial leader. We are specifically focused on business design - how to identify a scalable new project or venture idea that fulfills a market need and adds social and economic value. The course differs from most entrepreneurship courses in that it is aimed at training growth-oriented professionals for both startup and established settings. The emphasis is on scalable science and technology-based innovations. The course is specifically targeted for engineering graduate students by including content on project management, organizational leadership, venture finance and accounting, and team excellence.

Lab to Market Workshop I & II

Jacobs School students join Rady MBA students In teams for this project sequence, which focuses on innovation to market, evaluating whether specific innovations are commercially viable, and then developing first a business case and then a full business plan. Projects are chosen and undertaken by student teams, with support from Rady School faculty and from a team of mentors and advisors.