Santa Clara University

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Fifteen Scholars receive Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship


The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship recently hosted a graduation ceremony for the fifteen visiting scholars who completed the six-month Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship program. 

The ceremony included final presentations by the students as well as remarks from CIE Director Kevin Holmes and CTE Program Manager Nick Kurns. Leavey School of Business Dean Barry Z. Posner also addressed the group and provided each scholar with an autographed copy of his book "A Leader's Legacy."

The CTE Scholars were recipients of prestigious Fulbright grants, enabling the 2008-09 cohort to focus on the commercialization of their scientific research. Each of the CTE Scholars completed coursework on entrepreneurial management, attended countless networking events throughout the Bay Area, and received valuable work experience as interns in venture-backed startup companies as part of the immersion experience in Silicon Valley.

The CTE Scholars developed a wide array of prospective businesses, from biotech and clean-tech to social ventures and iPhone applications. These new ventures were presented throughout the program to panels of venture capitalists and angel investors.

As the scholars prepared to depart from SCU, Dean Barry Posner provided remarks about leadership in business and in life. His valuable message encouraged students to consider continuing with big ambitions and emphasized the major components of an SCU education - conscience, competence and compassion.

The unique CTE program caters to advanced engineers that aspire to become entrepreneurs. The SCU program is lead by top faculty from the nationally-ranked Leavey School of Business. Applications are currently being accepted for 2009-2010.

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