Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization

The Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization curriculum provides graduate students from management and other disciplines across campus the opportunity to engage in all stages of company formation and growth. Each year our students launch exciting high growth new business startups. We offer two tracks: Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (TEC) and Entrepreneurship (ENTR).

Overview

Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (TEC)

Supported by a network of entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers, students are challenged with starting the next generation of high growth ventures

This hands-on concentration pairs student teams with actual technologies/intellectual properties from UNC campuses, US Navy, National Security Agency, etc. MBA students collaborate with graduate students from other disciplines – including scientists, engineers, and designers – to build a real high-growth start-up business. This cross-functional collaboration produces well-equipped managers with a comprehensive view of an organization and its players. These skill sets are applicable for new business start up as well as ‘intrapreneurship’ in existing organizations, innovation management, etc.

Since 1995, the TEC concentration has raised more than $400 million in funding for our start-up partners. New ventures created through the program have produced more than 350 new jobs. This highly diverse and collaborative model has been adopted by universities, scholars, companies, and entrepreneurs all over the world.

Entrepreneurship (ENTR)

Students will learn how to discover net markets while demonstrating how to create new opportunities and match them with capabilities that haven’t been exploited yet . Students work on projects that bridge ideas and technologies with un-met market needs to create product extension and value. The Entrepreneurship Collaborative (EC) is an on-campus resource available to students that provides a fertile environment for professionals, startups and future entrepreneurs to seek opportunities and meet challenges through collaboration.

Curriculum

Technology and Entrepreneurship (TEC)

This innovative offering focuses on evaluating the commercial potential of technologies and breakthrough discoveries for new and established organizations. MBA students team up with technical graduate students for practicum courses that run through the entire commercialization cycle. The teams work closely with the technology owners and with seasoned entrepreneurs throughout the process.

Full-Time MBA Concentration (12 Hours)

Required

  • MBA 576- Technology Evaluation and Commercialization Concepts (3 credit hours)
  • MBA 577- High Technology Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours) *P
    (prerequisite MBA/MSE 576)
Additionally, students are required to take two of the three following courses:
  • MBA 572- Venture Opportunity Analysis Analytics (3 credit hours) *A
    (prerequisite MBA 571)
  • MBA 578- Venture Launch Practicum (3 credit hours) *P
    (prerequisite MBA 576/MBA 577 or MBA 570/MBA 571)
  • MBA 579- Entrepreneurship Clinic Practicum (3 credit hours) *P
    (prerequisite MBA 576 or MBA 577)

Notes:
Practicum courses are marked with *P
Advanced Analytical courses are marked with *A
TEC electives are typically offered on Main Campus

Professional MBA Depth Area (6 Hours)

  • MBA 576- Technology Evaluation and Commercialization Concepts (3 credit hours)
  • MBA 577- High Technology Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours) *P
    (prerequisite MBA/MSE 576)

Other Practicum courses:

  • MBA 578- Venture Launch Practicum (3 credit hours) *P
    (prerequisite MBA 576/MBA 577 or MBA 570/MBA 571)
  • MBA 579- Entrepreneurship Clinic Practicum (3 credit hours) *P
    (prerequisite MBA 576 or MBA 577)
Analytical/Quantitative Skills Development
  • MBA 572- Venture Opportunity Analysis Analytics (3 credit hours) *A
    (prerequisite MBA 571)

Entrepreneurship (ENTR)

Full-Time MBA Concentration (12 Hours)

Students learn how to create value by creating new business start-ups and/or assisting exciting existing new business start-ups. We make campus-wide resources available for your success. Using a process-based approach, you learn skills relevant for entrepreneurship as well as intrepraneurship/innovation.

Required

  • MBA 570- Opportunity Evaluation & Value Creation (3 credit hours)
  • MBA 571- High Growth Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours) *P

Additionally, students are required to take two of the three following courses:

  • MBA 572- Venture Opportunity Analysis Analytics (3 credit hours) *A
    (prerequisite MBA 571)
  • MBA 578- Venture Launch Practicum (3 credit hours) *P
    (prerequisite MBA 576/MBA 577 or MBA 570/MBA 571
  • MBA 579- Entrepreneurship Clinic Practicum (3 credit hours) *P
    (prerequisite MBA 576 or MBA 577)

Notes:
Practicum courses are marked with *P
Advanced Analytical courses are marked with *A