Summer Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA)

The second annual Summer Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA), an 8-week course on entrepreneurship at UC Santa Cruz, is ramping up to take place from July 7 to August 18, 2017. Co-taught by CIED Director Sue Carter and Nada Miljkovic, instructor at Crown College, SEA (Crown 90-01) is based on Steve Blank’s Lean LaunchPad and the NSF I-Corps program and focuses on both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.  

Students will build teams with one student as entrepreneurial lead and will be assigned business mentors based on their business ideas. If students are working on research under a faculty adviser, the adviser will also be a member of the team. Students will receive funding to aid them in the main course task of “getting out of the building” to interview potential customers each week. Based on feedback, they will be expected to adjust and hone their business value propositions. Teams will prepare weekly slide decks based on the lessons learned from customer discovery and present these during the Friday afternoon webinars. The first on-site, all-day, kick-off and last on-site, all-day, final-presentation classes will take place in the Baskin School of Engineering E2 building, conference room 599. Light breakfast refreshments, lunch, and afternoon light refreshments will be served at both the first (July 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and last (August 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) all-day classes.

Learn more about the National Science Foundation I-Corps grant funding of STEM research commercialization that SEA students may qualify for and about other funding for innovation and entrepreneurship via the SEA course at the SEA web site.

National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps