Center for Entrepreneurship Brings Innovative Business Startup Teaching Methods to Boise State University Classrooms
The Center for Entrepreneurship at Boise State University is leading the way with new methods for preparing student entrepreneurs for venture launch success by introducing the LEAN LAUNCHPAD curriculum to Boise State University programs.
In the past year Center for Entrepreneurship faculty have infused Lean LaunchPad learning into our Master of Business Administration (MBA) program offerings. This fall, faculty introduced a two course undergraduate Lean Launchpad offering, open to all Boise State students. This program guides student teams through the process of identifying problems, building solutions and creating a business model. Our Lean
LaunchPad classes teach students how to build their startups by engaging their customer base in the design process, utilizing agile development processes, and thinking outside of the typical “business plan” box.
Two of our faculty, Professor Kent Neupert and Professor Jeff Sugheir, are certified “Lean LaunchPad Educators,” having completed their training in January 2013. Since certification, they introduced the dynamic new process to our MBA program last spring, worked with engineering and business student teams this summer on developing innovative medical products, and guiding undergraduate entrepreneurship students to successful venture launch. Plans call for the innovative program to be rolled out across campus in other programs, as well.
“The Center for Entrepreneurship is leading the way for student business creation by introducing the Lean LaunchPad program to Boise State. We are proud to support all Boise State University Students as they work to make dreams a reality with their new business ideas.”- Kent Neupert, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship
The Lean LaunchPad program is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. Based on the processes developed by Steve Blank from Stanford University School of Engineering and the University of California at Berkeley School of Business, the program has been credited with over 180 new companies launched.
Through the efforts of the Center for Entrepreneurship and the College of Business and Economics, Boise State is on the forefront of entrepreneurship education as a Lean Launchpad school in the intermountain west. We are excited to see commercially successful businesses start from a student team’s class project.
Medical Device Commercialization Boot Camp
This summer the Center for Entrepreneurship is collaborating with Health Sciences and Engineering to offer a unique opportunity. Students are participating in a product development summer boot camp. The boot camp consist of a combination of engineering and business students who are participate in the harvesting, assessment, and design of a group of medical devices over a 10-week period. Each student is involved in several stages of development of at least one medical device.
Students are learning the skills and tools necessary to successfully take products from concept to prototype, including commercial assessment, customer development, computer modeling software (i.e. SolidWorks), and 3D printing. Each team is comprised of 2 engineering students and 1 business student and are working on a device concept.
Boise State Selected to Participate in DOE Collegiate Wind Competition
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced that Boise Sate University is among 10 teams
selected through a competitive process to take part in the inaugural DOE Collegiate Wind Competition. The Boise State team’s proposal was a collaborative effort between faculty members in the College of Engineering and the College of Business and Economics to have senior capstone students from both colleges work on the competition project. Kent Neupert, COBE professor and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, was involved in the proposal along with Sandra Cardon, John Gardner and Sarah Haight.
The collaborative student projects will begin this coming fall. Competing teams will investigate innovative wind energy concepts; gain experience designing, building, and testing a wind turbine to perform according to a customized market data-derived business plan; and increase their knowledge of wind industry barriers. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is facilitating the inaugural competition, which will take place in spring 2014.
The DOE Collegiate Wind Competition is designed to reach students from various engineering and business programs to provide them with engaging, real-world project experience as they prepare to enter the workforce.
The theme of the inaugural competition is to design and construct a lightweight, transportable wind turbine that can be used to power small electronic devices. A principal contest involves testing each team’s prototype wind turbine in a wind tunnel under specific conditions. Each team’s business plan and turbine will also be evaluated against other pre-weighted criteria. The third event of the competition will be a team-to-team debate relating to current wind market drivers and issues. Teams will be judged on the members’ understanding of the issues posed to them, their communication of potential solutions, and their ability to promote constructive dialogue.
“Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing electrical energy options in the United States, and the industry requires a skilled workforce with talented people from engineering, business, and communications backgrounds. This competition will help attract students from a wide range of disciplines into this exciting industry,” said DOE’s Wind Powering America initiative National Director Jonathan Bartlett.
This competition is an opportunity for collegiate institutions to showcase student ingenuity and the programs that the students represent. In addition to this national recognition, the turbine from the college or university with the best overall score will be placed on temporary display at the DOE headquarters building in Washington, D.C.
See the Wind Powering America website for more information.
Center for Entrepreneurship joins forces with Health Sciences to develop Medical Innovations
On Oct. 23, The Center for Entrepreneurship hosted an interdisciplinary group from the College of Business and Economics, the College of Health Sciences and the College of Engineering, for a need-driven idea generation session focused on creating new or improved medical devices. The session was facilitated by Dr. Kent Neupert, director for the Center of Entrepreneurship and supported by the Office of University and Industry Ventures and the College of Health Sciences Office of Research.
Dr. Neupert provided an overview of the process then turned groups of students and faculty loose to generate a list of clinically relevant problems that could be mitigated or eliminated by a device. Each group then selected their top three ideas and presented them to the larger audience.
The top nine ideas are currently being evaluated by the iTeams, an interdisciplinary team of graduate students led by Dr. Neupert and the Office of University and Industry Ventures, to provide a preliminary summary of each idea’s business potential. Once this has been completed, the most promising projects will be selected for further refinement and may ultimately provide an enriching experience for senior undergraduate engineering and business student project teams.
This is the second such event, with more planned in the future. The first session held in August of 2011 resulted in one invention disclosure with an additional two projects still in the prototype development process. The goal of these sessions is to tap into the clinical and technical expertise of Boise State University faculty and create a pipeline of device ideas with commercial potential.
If you have questions, or are interested in learning more about these sessions, please contact Kent Neupert or Terri Soelberg.
INTRODUCING OUR ONLINE RESOURCE CENTER
In keeping with the mission of the Boise State University Center for Entrepreneurship, to develop, facilitate and encourage entrepreneurship through academic programs, research and community outreach, we have created and are constantly updating an Entrepreneurial Database.
The Center for Entrepreneurship has consolidated resources from around the Treasure Valley and the state of Idaho for the following entrepreneurial areas:
This free online resource is available to provide educational and training solutions across the state via an online network. This will prove to be an effective, cost efficient way to encourage economic development in the state, particularly the state’s rural areas.
CLICK HERE to visit our new, free online resource center!
AJ Balukoff Oct. 26 – 1:30pm
Boise business leader AJ Balukoff is the featured speaker from 1:30-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Skaggs Hall of Learning, Room 1301 in the new Micron Business and Economics Building. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to attend the free talk. It is part of a new speaker series the college launched this fall.
Balukoff is the founder of Balukoff, Lindstrom & Co., one of the largest locally owned CPA firms in Boise when he sold it in 1993. Balukoff owned and operated AJ’s Health Clubs before selling them to 24 Hour Fitness in 1998. He currently is part of the ownership group of the Grove Hotel, The Century Link Area and the Idaho Steelheads hockey team. He will speak on entrepreneurship.
Jerry Flynt – Chairman of the Board, Semi Dice visiting BSU
OCTOBER 17, 12noon, MBEB1110
Jerry Flynt Founder of Semi Dice Speaking in Entrepreneurship Class Oct. 17th
Jerry will be speaking in Professor Neupert’s Entrepreneurship class,room 1110 at noon on October 17th. Guests to the class are welcome. You won’t want to miss hearing about Jerry’s experiences and how he became so successful.
Jerry will tell you about a rags to riches story that
started with a family tragedy in his teen years. The family pulled together
and Jerry continued his “experiment” with college. He experienced an
amazing sequence of life changing events in his early adult years that
eventually led him to use his entrepreneurial instincts to start Semi Dice,
Semi Dice has reported a net profit for thirty-six straight years in a high
risk, high technology niche industry. Once one of nine competitors, the
industry has survived five recessions, the Oil Shortage of 1979, home
mortgage interest rates of 18%, interest rates of 14% and the Military
spending drop after the Reagan years. Semi Dice is now the largest of the
remaining three suppliers of semiconductor dice devices to the Hybrid
Microelectronic Circuit Industry. Since 2004 the company has doubled sales
and since 2008 company employment has risen 15% and is more profitable than ever before.
Entrepreneurship Day In Idaho
VISION : Creating the future through entrepreneurship®
Start your business TODAY!
When: Friday, March 16, 2012
Where: Hatch Rooms, Student Union Building, Boise State University
Cost: The event is free and open to the campus and community.
The lunch registration is now closed, but you are welcome to attend all of the sessions listed below.
Entrepreneurship Day in Idaho is a full day event that spotlights successful entrepreneurs, offers information and workshops for current and future entrepreneurs and encourages others to act on their entrepreneurial ideas. It is targeted to current and aspiring entrepreneurs in the community and on campus.
- Launch your own business
- Keep your customers happy
- Buy and sell your business
- Effectively present elevator pitches
Held on the Boise State University campus, it is hosted through a partnership of organizations such as the University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, the Office of University and Industry Ventures, Idaho Small Business Development Center, the TECenter, and SCORE.
Interested in attending sessions? Contact email@example.com for more information on parking instructions
BSU Campus Map Student Union Building Map
Schedule: Friday March 16, 2012
“Building Up From Here”
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Want to learn more about the speakers? Click the link to read their bios: Speaker Bios
SBA Young Entrepreneur Series Event
February 6, 2012
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Thinking about becoming an Entrepreneur?
Come join the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) and U.S. SBA Assistant Associate Administrator Calvin Goings at the Young Entrepreneur Series Event! A special gathering of leading young entrepreneurs. Listen to a distinguished panel of young business leaders that will share their personal stories, business tips, and lessons learned throughout their journey as entrepreneurs.
Date: February 6, 2012
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: Boise State University at “The Kitchen”
2203 University Dr. (Southeast corner of Capital & University, Boise ID)
Parking passes are Available – RSVP by Feb 2, 2012 to:
Darla Nordstrom: (208) 334-9004 ext. 340 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Young Entrepreneur event is intended to:
- Bring together leading young entrepreneurs, youth advocacy organizations and government experts to listen, address critical challenges and formulate public policy measures needed to move the young entrepreneur’s business agenda to the next level
- Connect young entrepreneurs to each other, the federal government and other economic development resources
- Engage young people to discuss entrepreneurship
- Highlight the accomplishments of young entrepreneurs
With youth unemployment twice the national average in many communities, SBA recognizes a need to promote and better support the efforts of young people looking to create jobs for themselves and others. Young Entrepreneurs are a dynamic resource for our national recovery and growth.
This event is open to all BSU Students.
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