Management of Technology Innovation

IND ENG 290 LEC 004

Master Class for New Ventures & Research Impact

Preparing graduate students and post-doctoral students across all disciplines to be able to translate technical work into value as a new venture or in industry settings.

In collaboration withCollege of Engineering, Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), NSF I-Corps, and Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET)

Spring 2019 Timeline

Infosession: Friday, Jan 18th - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Jacobs Hall 210

First Day of the Class: January 25th - 2 p.m. in Jacobs 210

Bootcamp #1: Saturday, Feb 2nd - 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NSF I-Corps 1 Training during semester: March 11th, 13th, & 18th - 6 p.m. & 10 p.m.

Bootcamp #2: Saturday, April 20th - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Demo Day Pitches and Prize Awards: Friday, April 26th

Track I: For Existing New Venture Teams with an Idea - Convert your research into a new startup

  • Understand the basics of the startup process and move their innovations forward
  • Learn via The Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship and Lean LaunchPad method of customer discovery taught at NSF I-Corps
  • Receive mentoring and coaching from entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley investors
  • Meet and draw on skills of other students in the course
  • Winners earn marker as the top talent from UC Berkeley
  • Increase valuations over the semester

How to Apply

Apply by sending a statement of interest to Jesse Dieker ( and Naeem Zafar ( by February 5th, 2019.  The letters should be no longer than one page and include:

  1. Project summary and accomplishments so far
  2. The team’s next milestone.
  3. Short bio of each team member

Track II: For Individuals (Graduate students looking to understand the basics of business)

  • Understand the process of starting a venture in future and/or work in the emerging economy of new ventures, and how industry trends may affect a researcher's career
  • Learn basic of business and terminology through The Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship
  • Receive mentoring and coaching from entrepreneurs and business savvy folks
  • Meet and interact with Track I students (the existing Venture Teams in the cohort)
  • Access the Center's powerful network investors, leaders, & entrepreneurs
  • Enter the industry with a better sense of how research impacts a company and an industry

How to Apply

Enroll in the MTI course (INDENG 290)

  • Postdoctoral Students, Ph.D. MS and MBA students should send an email to Jesse Dieker (jdieker@berkeley.edufor enrollment instructions.
  • Enrollment is limited to 30 students. Interested students should join the waitlist after these seats are filled.

Courses Required to Complete the MTI Program

In order for students to complete the program and receive the certificate, they must take the MTI Master Class (IEOR 290), the Newton Lecture Series (IEOR 295). Start with IEOR 290. IEOR 295 is often taken in parallel.

MTI Program Requirements

  • Track I Teams must attend all bootcamps (February, March, April), attend weekly mentoring sessions, and present in the demo day to be eligible for prizes, compete for a larger prize, and receive the MTI certificate.
  • Track II Teams are encouraged to attend both February and April bootcamps, must attend weekly case lectures, attend weekly mentoring sessions, and present on the demo day.
  • Track II Individuals are required to attend weekly case lectures for course credit and are encouraged to attend the bootcamps.
  • In order to receive the MTI certificate, individuals must join a team and follow Track I Team requirements (above) & take Newton Series (1-unit course).
  • NSF program teams interested in receiving the MTI certificate and competing for funding must attend all bootcamps, the NSF I-Corps short program, and Demo Day. Optionally, these teams may attend the cases, lectures, and weekly mentoring.

All final projects/ reports should be submitted using the SCET template in word and PDF formats, and will be posted under the archive section on our website. Once students have fulfilled all of the requirements, they should send an email to Jesse Dieker ( to receive the certificate.