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Winter 2016
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Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Stephanie Griffin
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Ana Romero

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Think Like an Entrepreneur

As a graduate student, you may think of yourself as more of an apprentice than an entrepreneur. However, intellectual entrepreneurs (such as those engaged in academic research) are those who "take risks and seize opportunities, discover and create knowledge, innovate, collaborate, and solve problems in any number of social realms," according to Richard Cherwitz, a professor in the rhetoric department at the University of Texas at Austin.

In a recent article on Vitae, James Van Wyck encourages graduate students to apply to their career preparation the same entrepreneurial spirit they apply to their academic research. By thinking more like an entrepreneur (or a professional, CEO or revolutionary) and less like an apprentice, graduate students can better prepare themselves for a range of fulfilling and meaningful careers. Van Wyck gives some practical steps you can take:
  1. Begin by evaluating your relationship with your graduate adviser. Even if you have the best of advisers, she can’t help as much when it comes to alt-ac or compatible careers. Run your career search with the help of multiple advisers – an informal board of directors, if you will.
  2. Reject any discourse that figures your career using static metaphors. It’s not all or nothing. It’s not academe or bust. The idea of careers inside, outside, or even beyond higher education may not make sense when you’re in the middle of your career.
  3. Be aware of career choices made by osmosis. If you only hang with one group, you’re likely to absorb the norms of that group. So do a quick diagnosis: Whom do you associate with on a regular basis? Are they a diverse bunch with varying career goals?
  4. Learn to engage with people outside your field and the university setting. If you are going to strike out in new directions, you’ll need to get used to interacting with people who may never have thought of hiring or collaborating with a Ph.D. Familiarize yourself with organizations and people with whom you might like to work by regularly setting up informational interviews.
  5. Don’t only shift your attitude – act like an entrepreneur. Allow for more career possibilities by adjusting your habits, expanding your networks and diversifying what you make. Look up key characteristics of an entrepreneur and then cultivate a checklist of ideas that make sense for you and your discipline.
To read the full article, click here. To get regular updates from Vitae, sign up for their e-mail digest, or connect via Facebook or Twitter.

Learn How to Be an Entrepreneur at UCSB's Startup Weekend

Do you have dreams of starting your own company? Do you have a good idea that you know could be successful? Do you want to learn more about what it takes to do a startup?

Graduate students are uniquely trained to think of new ideas. Now get training on what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

Startup Weekend at UCSB

January 15-17

Event starts at 6:00 pm
Student Resource Building/Corwin Pavilion

What is Startup Weekend?

A 54-hour event during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more come together to take ideas and create them into something more. Friday kicks off with open-mic pitches where attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. On Saturday and Sunday, teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies, and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening, teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

This event attracts speakers, coaches, panelists (generally well-respected members of the local startup community or notable names in the tech industry), and various sponsors and company representatives to maximize the value for the aspiring young entrepreneurs. For more information and a full schedule, click here.


TMP Program Ready for 2011 with New Venture Competition

Special to the GradPost by Bren Graduate, Priya Vytla

As an international graduate student at the Bren School, specializing in Corporate Environmental Management, I found what I was looking for with Eco - Entrepreneurship and the TMP. The TMP's New Venture Competition, the most exciting part of my experience at UCSB is a great way to turn your ideas into a real business. Apart from a good deal of cash and 'in-kind' professional services you can win from the competition, the guidance from real world business leaders in launching your business is phenomenal.

TMP employeesImage from UCSB TMP website

The weekly mentoring sessions with experts in technology, marketing, finance, legal and IP issues, CEOs of large successful companies and serial entrepreneurs where you brainstorm and refine your business plan, the immense networking potential in the TMP events, the new venture fair- where real world investors and business leaders 'invest' in your business plan, elevator pitches, public presentations: all a part of the great learning experience. I'm happy that I was a part of the NVC and the unparalleled experience through the TMP which I doubt an MBA could offer. It is that time of the year now, when the excitement begins. Check out for the timeline of UC Santa Barbara- TMP  New Venture Competition- 2011.  

Priya Vytla
Intern, Technology Management Program, UCSB
MESM 2010 - Bren School