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Science and engineering grad students, post-docs: Apply by June 15 for free entrepreneurship “boot-camp”

The School of Business is asking for help in encouraging appropriate students in the physical, life or engineering sciences to apply for its new entrepreneurship boot-camp. The program is designed to give grad students and post-docs an opportunity to learn substantial theory and tools about entrepreneurship, in a total immersion, integrated experience. This is especially important because students have difficulty blending regular business courses with demanding graduate study in their home fields. Enrollment will be limited to 50 students. Deadline to apply is June 15. Details on the program and how to apply are online at http://www.bus.wisc.edu/weinertcenter/web.asp.

The business school is able to launch this program because John Morgridge, (BBA UW and MBA Stanford, former CEO and Chairman of Cisco Systems) provided welcome encouragement this spring to help jumpstart the summer boot-camp idea. G. Steven Burrill — a UW alum who founded and is CEO of a life sciences merchant bank and plays a national role in entrepreneurial matters in the life sciences — offered to participate as well. The program will also draw on the advice and expertise of faculty colleagues in the life and engineering sciences such as Rick Moss, (Chair, Physiology and Exec Director of MS in Biotechnology), Bob Hamers (Chemistry & Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center) and WARF experts in key areas. Students will be encouraged to have a faculty sponsor, to help integrate this opportunity with their development and obligations as grad students. Eligibility this year is restricted to students in the physical, life sciences and engineering.

Note that this is a pilot program. Organizers hope to use information from this year for assessing future possibilities, including opening it to students outside of the physical sciences.

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