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The graduate level Entrepreneurship Certificate, also known as the Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship, is designed to expose students (MBA and non-MBA) and scientists to the business foundations of entrepreneurship and technology commercialization.  The program is designed to blend knowledge and experiential learning to help move scientific discovery and inventions out of the lab and into the marketplace.

The intended sequence of the courses takes the student from general awareness of issues associated with technology commercialization to running a growing technology-based business.  It is possible for a student to progress their own intellectual property through the course sequence. However, the courses may be taken in any sequence.

Admission

Applicants must meet one of the following admission criteria:

  • bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university or equivalent for international students (as evidenced by a credentialing evaluation from ECE or WES). Students who have a cumulative GPA less than 3.0 will need to submit a GMAT score of 480 or higher.
  • A master’s degree from a regionally accredited university or equivalent for international students as evidenced by a credentialing evaluation from ECE or WES.
  • Current student in a UAB graduate program.

Required Courses

Required:
  • MBA 673  Technology-based Venture Business Planning (Spring)
  • MBA 681  From Idea to IPO (Fall)
  • MBA 683  Leading Innovation (Summer)
Choose one from:
  • MBA 691  Directed Study (Any semester)
  • ENT 526   Practicum in Commercialization
    Footnote: Other related course may be approved by Certificate Program Director

Course Descriptions

MBA 673- Planning and Pitching a New Business Concept.  Focuses on transforming technology-based intellectual property into a business plan for a new technology venture.  The content covers business due diligence, business ideation, revenue and business model development, financial modeling, assessing and seeking funding and presenting the plan with confidence.  The course emphasizes experiential learning with intellectual property developed by the students.

MBA 681- From Idea to IPO
.  Provides an overview of the technology commercialization lifecycle.  Topics include how to view technology from a business perspective, forms of intellectual property, commercialization options including licensing and new venture creation, funding technology development and new ventures and how to present technology-based opportunities to investors and other business interests.  The course emphasizes experiential learning with intellectual property developed by the students.  Course content is supplemented by outside experts as guest speakers.

MBA 683- Leading Innovation.  Focuses on managing the growth of technology-based new ventures.  Topics include issues and methods associated with maintaining innovation and an innovative culture during the growth phase of a business, implementing Lean Startup principles in a new venture and dealing with the challenges of a growing company including new market entry, personnel issues and funding.


Contact

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Doug Ayers, PhD

Associate Professor
(205) 934-8856
Office: BEC 204-B