Do You Think Like An Entrepreneur?  Thinking like an entrepreneur isn't limited to only people who create their own Silicon Valley startup. Being entrepreneurial is a state of mind.  For engineers, it means not just focusing on the technology we love, but finding out how to harness the power of that technology to solve real problems for real people - to imaginatively identify new opportunities to create value - and to do it in a way that is financially and logistically sustainable.  Whether you want to work for a large company, as part of a social enterprise, or even in a start-up, being entrepreneurial is critical to helping your organization prosper and serve the world.  Join us in developing our entrepreneurial capabilities - we have a wide range of opportunities for you, from programs and courses to project-based opportunities to extra-curricular activities.
Scavenger Hunt


E-Week SCU Innovation/Entrepreneurship Scavenger Hunt - Win $200 in a campus wide scavenger hunt that takes you to local hotbeds of innovation and entrepreneurship.  Teams of 2-6 students (at least 50% of the team must consist of undergraduate engineers) are welcome to compete.  Enter by showing up at the E-Week lunch at the Locatelli Student Activity Center on Thursday Feb 26 any time between 11:30-1:00.  This contest is part of the Entrepreneurial Thinking Pentathlon - although teams not participating in the Pentathlon are free to enter and compete for the prize money!
Upcoming Spring Courses

For Spring, we have a fantastic line-up of courses, to include:

ENGR 172B - Applied Entrepreneurship I I (1-unit): Explore the emerging market of aerial drones in order to develop a business model for establishing a REAL engineering enterprise that will offer drone-based services to local clients.

ENGR 173 - Introduction to Business Fundamentals (1-unit): Learn the basics of business operations from an engineer with 40 years of industry experience, to include having been a CEO for several companies here in Silicon Valley.

ENGR 174 - Financial Decision- Making (1-unit) - Learn the fundamentals of accounting reports and making financial decisions relating to an engineering enterprise.

ENGR 177 - Culture of Innovation (4-unit) - SATISFIES C&I III CORE REQUIREMENT - Learn about the global innovation landscape from the point of view of engineered products and services, from emerging markets to outsourcing.

Entrepreneurial Thinking Pentathlon - Compete for Fame and Fortune - $2,500 of Prizes
5 challenges, 5 weeks, 1 grand prize team!
Join us, and corporate partners Intel and Fit3D, in a 5-event challenge that will let you show off your innovative mind and entrepreneurial mindset.  
For five weeks, starting Feb 1st, teams will be given a different task to complete each week. Tasks will include writing an entrepreneurial haiku, completing a scavenger hunt, creating value from a seemingly valueless item, presenting a new product concept in a poster presentation, and giving an elevator pitch for a new business concept. The winning team from each week will win between $100 to $500 depending on the event. The team that comes in first place overall wins an additional grand prize of $1,000!
Details on entering and the individual competitions are HERE  Check back routinely for updates as the competition and events unfold!
Congratulations to Recent Challenge Winners
NASA SporeSat Mission Patch Challenge:  Students were challenged to develop a mission patch for the NASA SporeSat satellite, which was launched on April 14 on a SpaceX rocket from Cape Canaveral. Overall, there were 5 team entries representing the work of 21 students from the two universities.  The overall winners were SCU students Rachel Donohoe, Maza Brady and Allie Sibole.

Maker Lab Training: Join the more than 350 students, staff and faculty who have been trained to use the Maker Lab.  Information on the lab, equipment and training can be found HERE.

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Interested in engineering innovation and entrepreneurship? There are many ways you can get involved with SCU's new opportunities for engineers interested in this area.

Join the Club - Join the Santa Clara Entrepreneurs Organization (SCEO), a student club focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. [website]

Get a Mentor - Join us at our next mentoring reception to meet and network with practicing engineers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. The first event for the new academic year will be held in November - Check back here for information and timing once the schedule is set.. 

Enter a Competition - Several student-based competitions in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship are held each year, and others are available to join throughout the Silicon Valley. [information]

Attend a Seminar - Seminars are held throughout the campus with speakers on the forefront of technology innovation, Silicon Valley startups, and technology corporations. 

Take a Class - Expand your horizons by taking a class to hone your business acumen, learn product design techniques, or engineer community based projects. 

Select the Pathway - The Design Thinking Pathway is dedicated to the concepts of innovation and entrepreneurship.  Stay tuned for more information on a new Certificate Program that is under development.

The Design Thinking Pathway - The Most Popular Pathway on Campus! Looking for a Core Curriculum Pathway? Consider taking the Design Thinking Pathway, which focuses on on a) technical innovation, b) design processes that allow innovation to be incorporated into products/services/systems that solve a customer need, c) enterprise strategies for harnessing the value and ensuring the sustainability of innovative products, and d) social aspects regarding the value and impact of innovation on the world.  Contact Dr. Ruth Davis or Dr. Kitts for additional information.
Joint KEEN Projects - As part of a new initiative with collaborating universities in the KEEN network, SCU students are now working with students in collaborating universities that are part of the KEEN network, developing exciting, real world engineering systems and operating them in entrepreneurial ways.  This model of education was recently highlighted by the National Academy of Engineering. 

Consider joining this effort effort.  Ongoing projects include the professional operation of NASA and industry spacecraft and the development of professional field-grade marine robotic systems.  A new effort involving UAVs/drones is starting up now.

Collaborating institutions include St. Louis University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Union College, Bucknell University, Ohio Northern University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Baylor University, Mercer University, and other universities across the country.  

To get involved, contact Dr. Kitts.

KEEN - Many of our Innovation and Entrepreneurship initiatives are supported through our involvement with  KEEN - Kern Engineering Entrepreneurship Network.  
KEEN concentrates on curricular enhancements to the undergraduate educational program and on co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that foster the spirit of innovation and the entrepreneurial mindset within the School and across our campus. KEEN is sponsored by the Kern Family Foundation and includes partner universities across the country.