Summer Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA)

The second annual Summer Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA), an 8-week course on entrepreneurship at UC Santa Cruz, took 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 built teams with one student as entrepreneurial lead and were assigned business mentors based on their business ideas. Students received funding, either from the NSF I-Corps grant to CIED as a newly established NSF I-Corps Site or from the IDEA Hub to aid them in the main course task of “getting out of the building” to interview potential customers each week. Based on feedback, they were expected to adjust and hone their business value propositions. Teams prepared weekly slide decks based on the lessons learned from customer discovery and presented these during the Friday afternoon webinars. The first on-site, all-day, kick-off and last on-site, all-day, final-presentation classes took place in the Baskin School of Engineering E2 building, conference room 599.

The Summer Entrepreneurship Academy 2017 teams were:

  • Artificial Intelligence Home Security (AiHS)
    Edward Liu (team leader), Rodrigo Hurtado Guzman, Abtin Moeini
    Application of artificial intelligence in home security use
  • Confer
    Dustin Palea
    A social learning platform, Confer is a place for people to exchange ideas and resources to support passion-driven education. It allows people to explore, share, and discuss the many facets of knowledge that the internet has to offer. Users benefit from strongly organized and community-curated collections of videos, images, and articles. Confer aims to encourage mainstream learning by breaking down the negative stigma behind it.
  • Favors
    Dilpreet Anand, Danay Weldegabriel, Yegeta Zeleke
    Online application allows invitees to a neighborhood potluck to specify the food they’re bringing when they accept the invitations.
  • Juice
    Jerome Reed, Abiel Russom
    Ethnic African (specifically Eritrean) clothing line, intended especially for community building and cultural education and celebration among African-Americans
  • Let’s Get Social
    Parul Wadhwa
    Virtual reality platform tests a user’s calling and conviction for social causes through the user’s creation of content in the platform.
  • Moody
    Steven Au, Tiffany Lee
    A mobile application, Moody allows users to register their moods and then responds to negative moods, such as depression, with positive-reinforcing and countering thought exercises and advice to help alleviate negativity.
  • Planner
    Victoria An (team leader), Michael Luong
    The Planner application combines planning and calendaring software with a virtual chat room of advisers to help users plan and meet goals.
  • Santa Cruz WaveWorks (SCWW)
    John Tauriac (founder)
    A wave characterization, water signature, and wave-sensing company, SCWW provides real-time data solutions to surfers (and other ocean users), creating value by acquiring and aggregating wave data into a simplified user interface. SCWW provides surfers with macro, micro, and sub-micro climate data that eliminates the need to monitor from the beach for optimal surfing conditions. SCWW sensing systems enable real-time local immersive data visualization, condition reports, and text notifications based on data gathered using sub-surface buoys.
  • Sea+Tech
    Stephanie Webb
    Customer relationship plus inventory management (CRIM) software improves small-scale, sustainable-seafood, supply-chain businesses from harvest to customer.
  • Seeking Symbiosis
    Juniper Harrower (team leader), Juan Jaimez Ramirez
    At Seeking Symbiosis we design stylish prints for clothing and accessories of species interactions found in nature, linking them to real science research. Our goal is to improve public awareness around environmental issues by merging art and science into attractive designs for stylish clothing that appeals to a wide customer base. In this way we hope to build science literacy and increase public support for both science and art.
  • SlugRide
    Andrew Dato, Dimitri Gerasimov, Braulio De La Torre
    A ridesharing application for the UCSC community, SlugRide gets commuters to and from campus efficiently by carpooling.
  • SlugSense
    Babandeep Singh (team leader), Robert Lyons
    A self-sustaining network of sensors for wireless monitoring and autonomous irrigation
  • WaterBug
    Alec Reid (team leader)
    Water distribution system monitor provides real-time data to save water and energy.

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