Engaging Entrepreneurs Through Scholarship
UConn offers students a wide range of educational opportunities to help them engage in foundational, advanced, and experiential levels of entrepreneurship. Several specialized degree and enhancement programs provide academic opportunities, and students can pursue their interests through a variety of minors and courses. Immersion occurs through experiential learning in internships and living and learning communities. A number of societies and clubs allow students to expand their knowledge outside the classroom.
New Entrepreneurship Master’s Aims to Attract Entrepreneurs
In a push to attract highly talented entrepreneurs from around the world to the state of Connecticut, UConn is launching a new Master’s of Engineering in Global Entrepreneurship, the first engineering-focused entrepreneurial graduate degree in the state.
The new master’s degree program, a partnership between the UConn schools of Engineering and Business, Trinity College, and the University of New Haven, is intended to create a nurturing ecosystem for a profession in which 90 percent of startups fold. It will enable novice entrepreneurs to learn best practices, receive mentorship from veteran entrepreneurs, and be set up for success.
Support for this program comes from CTNext, with a funding match from the UConn schools of Engineering and Business, Trinity College, and the University of New Haven.
Accelerate UConn (AU) helps faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and undergraduate students determine the commercial potential for new ideas, technology, and products and develop strategies for bringing their innovations to the marketplace. Using the I-Corps framework developed and endorsed by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Accelerate UConn leverages resources from across the University in order to provide specialized support to UConn entrepreneurs.
Management and Engineering for Manufacturing
Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) students graduate with a BS degree conferred by both the School of Engineering and the School of Business. MEM graduates have immense flexibility to work as practicing engineers or to focus on a business career. Due to the unique curriculum, MEM graduates have been very successful in getting coveted “Leadership Development Program” positions at major companies that introduce them to multiple sides of the business and prepare them for a “fast track” to promotion. MEM graduates also have one of the higher starting salaries of both engineering and business majors.
School of Education Creativity and Innovation Program
There is a movement developing at Research I Universities across the country in which faculty work across disciplines (arts, STEM, business, health care) to foster students’ creative development in ways that will give them the necessary tools for success, particularly in the STEM fields. Leading U.S. research universities are committed to helping equip students and faculty to address the world’s most pressing, complex, and open-ended challenges with creative confidence as well as disciplinary expertise.
Drawing from the research base, creativity experts from other colleges at the University, and our own faculty with expertise in creativity, pedagogy, and technology, the Neag School of Education is prepared to participate in a strategic plan to promote creative problem solving and innovation across the university. These efforts will encompass faculty members from every discipline on campus and students in every field of study. We believe this idea has potential for:
(a) enhancing UConn students’ versatility in the face of change;
(b) forming a collaborative cohort of cross-discipline faculty researching creativity and innovation, and;
(c) attracting major donor funding in creativity and innovation.
Learn more at School of Education Creativity and Innovation Program
School of Nursing Healthcare Innovations Program
The Healthcare Innovations Program was launched in September 2013 at the UConn School of Nursing to empower and teach our new generation of nurses to be innovators and change agents in the healthcare arena.
It is now in its fifth year and the concepts of innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship have been integrated into select courses in the freshman, junior and senior School of Nursing curriculum. Additional integration and development of the innovation curriculum is required to expand the opportunity for our next and current generation nurses to be change agents early and throughout their careers in the broad healthcare delivery system resulting in critical and important improvements to the delivery of healthcare globally.
Senior Design for Engineering
Each year, more than 100 leading manufacturing companies, pharmaceutical and medical firms, consulting practices, utilities as well as local, state and federal government agencies partner with the UConn School of Engineering through Senior Design Projects. These are cost-effective ways to work with Engineering seniors on a company project – a technical or design challenge or a novel idea – without a large investment.
Every Senior Design Project is a two-semester course required for all School of Engineering seniors to graduate. Having successful completed most of the Engineering curriculum, they must solve technical problems for sponsors in a real-world company. Each team of 2-4 seniors is mentored through the project by an Engineering professor working within the sponsor organization.
UConn Honors Program
The UConn Honors Program supports over 2,200 academically talented and intellectually curious undergraduates at all campuses. Through participation in the program, students enrich their educational experiences through exploring Honors courses within their major and across the curriculum; creating cutting-edge research and creative projects alongside expert faculty members; and leading within and beyond the UConn Honors community.
Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Offered by the School of Education and is available to all Undergraduates.
Entrepreneurship – Offered by the School of Business and is available to Non-Business Undergraduates Undergraduates.
Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation – Offered jointly by the School of Business and School of Engineering and is available to students from any school. Students from outside Business and Engineering should begin the advising process as soon as possible to ensure that they can gain permission numbers for the needed classes.
FNCE 4319 – Entrepreneurial Finance
MGMT 3234 – Opportunity Generation, Assessment, and Promotion
MGMT 3235 – Venture Planning, Management, and Growth
MGMT 3500 – Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship I
MGMT 3501 – Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship II
MGMT 4271 – Venture Consulting
MGMT 5223 – Managing Innovation and Change
MGMT 5335 – Venture Planning, Management, and Growth
EMBA 5901 – Executive Project for EMBA Students
BME 6086-020 – Biomedical Entrepreneurship
ENGR 3195 – Innovation Zone Projects
ENGR 3500 – Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship I
ENGR 3501 – Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship II
ENGR 5300 – Experiential Technology Entrepreneurship
BME 6086-020 (Cross-listed as BADM 5894-011/MGMT 5895-012) – Biomedical Entrepreneurship
LAW 7605 – Business Organizations (Fall/Spring)
LAW 7716 – Patent Law (Fall)
LAW 7715 – Intellectual Property (Spring)
LAW 7735 – Patent Law, Adv: Practice and Procedure (Spring)
LAW 7754 – Business Acquisitions (Fall)
LAW 7757 – Strategic Decisions in Intellectual Property (Fall)
LAW 7798 – Clinic: Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship, Advanced Fieldwork
LAW 7807 – Corporate and Tax Planning in Business Transactions (Spring)
LAW 7829 – Comparative Intellectual Property Law (Spring)
LAW 7834 – Copyright (Spring)
LAW 7877 – Clinic: Intellectual Property (Fall/Spring)
LAW 7933 – Copyright in the Digital Age (Fall)
LAW 7939 – Trademark Law (Fall)
UNIV 1810 – FYE Learning Community Seminar: LLC: Innovation House
Partnership for Innovation & Education Fellowship Program
The newly launched, statewide consortium, known as Partnership for Innovation and Education (PIE) draws some of the smartest students in Connecticut to help build the state’s future health and technology workforce and encourage bioscience commercialization.
Students from UConn join their peers from Trinity College, University of St. Joseph, Central Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University, University of Hartford and Tunxis Community College to work on summer research projects.
Each student is paired with a research mentor from one of the host institutions, including UConn Health faculty and biotech startup firms in UConn’s Technology Incubation Program (TIP). They also participate in weekly workshops, seminars and received additional training in innovation and technology entrepreneurship.
REU Summer Entrepreneurship Program
Over a three year period, this REU Site program will engage undergraduate students in a 10-week intensive, summer research experience focused on projects identified as having a high potential for translation to commercial projects and which encourage cross-disciplinary discussions and stimulate creativity. The research program will be complemented by a formal engineering entrepreneurship program that will focus on the creative process, idea generation, prototyping, and the realities of starting a business. Students will develop communication skills through required presentations to the REU cohort, their faculty mentors, and entrepreneurs. This REU program translates the model used by a successful graduate course in entrepreneurship at the University of Connecticut to a context appropriate for undergraduate.
Living and Learning at UConn
Peter J. Werth Living & Learning Community Makerspace
UConn’s newest residence hall, the Peter J. Werth Residence Tower, is a $105 million, 8-story residence hall dedicated to Learning Community students. The building houses eight Living & Learning Communities – EcoHouse, Engineering House, Eurotech House, Innovation House, Honors to Opportunities (H2O) House, Public Health House, ScHOLA2RS House (Scholastic House Of Leaders in support of African American Researchers & Scholars), and WiMSE (Women in Math, Science, & Engineering). The building is equipped with residential space for 727 student as well as community gathering places and seminar rooms to encourage innovation and academic success across disciplines. The 210,000-square-foot residence hall houses mostly freshmen and sophomores. The majority of rooms are doubles, with some singles available for RAs and mentors, along with six apartments for hall directors and graduate students working with the Learning Communities.
Another unique feature of the Peter J. Werth Residence Tower is the Learning Community Innovation Zone (LCIZ). The Innovation Zone is designed to support individual and group projects and the development of practical problem-solving skills. This space is equipped with items such as 3D printers, a textile station, laser cutter, CNC machine, wood working equipment and tools, Arduino kits, mobile white boards, and much more. This maker space is designed to be accessible to all Learning Community students, including those that do not reside in NextGen Hall. The building also has large event space including the NextGen Forum and Idea Lab. These spaces are designed to give Learning Communities the opportunities to hold events and programs such as guest speakers, workshops and social events.
Innovation House is a living and learning community designed to fuel the innovative spirit, creativity, and “can-do” attitude that enables students to take charge of their own destiny. The process of innovating is difficult when done in a vacuum. An environment of like-minded, motivated individuals with access to the support and tools necessary to facilitate entrepreneurial endeavors furnish the ideal ecosystem where new ideas can evolve into successful ventures.
The Innovation House LC is open to first- and second-year students from all disciplines who are passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity. This unique environment is designed to facilitate collaboration among individuals with different perspectives and skill sets towards the development of new ideas and businesses. It also provides programming and events that will help prepare students for the real challenges of being a leader and entrepreneur in today’s increasingly complex and global environment.