MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — August 15, 2011 — Speaking to the growing controversy about the best path – university, incubator, or garage – to become a successful entrepreneur, Carnegie Mellon University today announced the launch of an Entrepreneurship Program at its Silicon Valley campus. Nestled in the global hub of technology discovery and innovation, Carnegie Mellon will launch its 12-month, intensive, full-time program on August 15th offering students a chance to learn entrepreneurship practices from one of the world’s most reputable educational institutions while simultaneously germinating their own projects from idea to fruition.
The Entrepreneurship Program is an accelerated one-year program that offers students a Masters of Science in Software Management degree and teaches key skills in management, metrics, product definition and strategy. By blending both technical and business skills, Carnegie Mellon is taking a cutting edge approach to higher education. In addition to traditional academic instruction, students will be encouraged and required to work in functional teams where they will collaboratively develop their own ideas for new products and services – all working toward the goal of becoming part of a global innovation ecosystem.
I had a great chat with Martin Griss about their new program which sounds very interesting, it is unique in combining learning by doing and academic training, something that I have written about on a few occasions, I even spoke to a few universities about it. You see I feel that for particularly IT degrees we need to be not only covering the theory, the academic learning, but the real world concepts and challenges, that’s not to say send students into a data center with an ESX dvd, but it is to explore current concepts and future trends. To be able to educate students for the next generation opportunities and enterprises. I wrote about it here.
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The course is bringing together sets of academic tools experience and education, with practical engagement and exposure to the right communities and networks. It aims to create an atmosphere of opportunity and empowerment to the students in not only establishing and developing ideas, but also in being able to articulate them, to ask the right questions, developing ideas into reality. Establishing if you like a framework, combined with a series of networks within networks in which students can speak to the right people, examine the possibilities and be empowered to capitalize on the best of what Silicon Valley has to offer in the start-up community space.
I can see the opportunities for this course on multiple levels, a self fulfilling network of networks and communities, creating opportunity and empower students on their journey to self improvement and entrepreneurship. It will be exciting to see how the course develops going forward, what ideas and start-ups develop from it, I wish both the university, it’s faculty and students all the very best for the future and offer to open any doors or create any opportunities if I can along the journey of entrepreneurship.
The course is something that would in fact appeal to me, not only to learn skills in the start-up or entrepreneurial space (to capitalize on the ideas I already have), but maybe to help me think outside the box, to meet smart people, and create opportunity or capitalize on opportunity that I hadn’t recognized within the constructs of the ‘here and now’, the “that’s not how we do things here”, or “there are reasons for that” (whether anyone knows what those are is an entirely different thing).