The Renaissance Initiative
The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering is helping students develop entrepreneurial skills and ventures through a unique program called the Renaissance Initiative.
The Renaissance Initiative provides several opportunities for student engagement. These include:
Workshops: We offer several workshops a year that help students develop ideas into project proposals. See the event calendar for the workshop schedule.
Entrepreneurship Modules: Several modules have been developed for students to learn the basics of entrepreneurship. These modules will help students develop their ideas into potential projects that could lead to a new product or process that has customer value.
Formal Courses: The business school offers two courses that engineering students can take, along with an entrepreneurship minor.
We are also developing an elective entrepreneurship class inside of the school of engineering.
Entrepreneurship Track in Senior Design: Students can select to work on an entrepreneurship project in conjunction with their senior design course. This will involve a little more work that will include studying the entrepreneurship modules, working with external mentors, and making several pitches throughout the academic year.
Summer Residence Program: Successful student capstone teams that have participated in the entrepreneurship program may be invited to continue developing their venture through a summer residence program.
The Renaissance Initiative provides several opportunities for engagement. These include:
Renaissance Project Sponsors: Renaissance Project Sponsors are individuals or entities (e.g. companies) that agree to pay a fee to sponsor a student project. In exchange, sponsors receive a share of the IP of that project and have access to the other projects. Project sponsors will have many opportunities to formally and/or virtually meet with the sponsored teams to see progress over an academic year.
Renaissance Project Partners: Project Partners are individuals or entities that have access to all of the entrepreneurial projects. They pay a fee for project access but do not get a right to IP. They also have the opportunity to engage with the teams and be able to become a Project Sponsor during the course of a project. There will be several opportunities through the academic year to hear the pitches of all of the entrepreneurship teams.
Renaissance Project Mentors: Project Mentors are individuals who are willing to provide their time to mentor one or more entrepreneurial teams and therefore get direct access to the project they mentor. They likewise get to attend all of the entrepreneurship team pitches. While there is no fee for the mentorship role, there is a commitment of time to the team. Mentors do not get a right to the IP generated by the team, however, they are able to become a project sponsor during the course of a project that they mentor. Many mentors will wish to have some face to face meetings but may also choose to virtually meet with their team at least several times each month.
Renaissance Leaders: Leaders are individuals or entities that provide resources to develop the initiative, often because of philanthropic motives. They may have opportunities to guide the initiative and to name elements of the initiative or spaces. There will be several opportunities through the academic year to hear the pitches of all of the entrepreneurship teams.