Business Development Certificate Program for Scientists and Engineers

Business Development Certificate Program
September 2010–June 2011

Designed for science + engineering Ph.D. students + postdocs who want to learn how to move ideas out of the lab and into the world.

The Business Development Certificate Program is a year-long program for science + engineering Ph.D. students and postdocs who want to develop business skills for a career in industry or explore the commercial opportunities surrounding their research.

Through a combination of coursework, clinics, networking events, and field visits, students gain a first-hand look at the entrepreneurial experience and opportunities available in industry. Fellows participate in five (5) Graduate School of Management courses in technology management, innovation and entrepreneurship, and interdisciplinary clinics under the guidance of faculty, investors, and entrepreneurs.

Why you should apply:

  • learn to communicate the broader potential impact of your research
  • explore commercial opportunities surrounding your technology
  • develop a network of professionals in the business and investment community who can help mentor and connect you as you move forward with your career or new venture.

“I am where I am today because of the amazing, life-changing experience as a Business Development Fellow.” – Riccardo LoCascio, Ph.D., Microbiology, Kauffman Postdoctoral Fellow, Business Development Fellow 2006


Find out more about the Certificate Program at an Information Session:

C4E Innovation Lab, Room 3301, Gallagher Hall, Graduate School of Management
Wednesday, May 5, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Friday, May 21, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
RSVP to Courtney Miller, Program Manager, 530.754.5960

The Center for Entrepreneurship integrates science and business for social benefit, through innovation and entrepreneurship education and outreach. Since its inception, the center has supported a core set of programs and activities in innovation and entrepreneurship, bringing together scientists and engineers with the Graduate School of Management, business community and outside investors. The Center for Entrepreneurship is a Center of Excellence at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.