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11-month program comprises four 10-week themes, a dynamic studio environment and three field-based trips.
Ideal for individuals who seek to advance their career but need to balance the demands of work and family.
Built for recent graduates and young professionals, this program emphasizes business fundamentals, technical knowledge and career development.
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Capping off the Innovation module and moving into Value (or the various kinds of value one can measure a company), 23 members of the class headed for a week long immersion in Austin, San Marcos, and San Antonio, Texas. Initially skeptical about the site location chosen, I was happy to see that it was chosen for good reason, and learning about all the initiatives going on in that part of the country was immensely valuable.
Texas has been the fastest-growing region in the U.S., and Austin has been the fastest-growing city in the past three years, with an average of 115 people moving in per day. Though these cities have largely been manufacturing and engineering cities (number-one exporter for the past 12 years), local government has been laying the groundwork to provide incentives for software and other innovative companies to enter the scene as well.
We were able to discuss current results and future plans with some of the state’s more important companies, such as Freescale, Toyota and Google, as well as policy makers like the Economic Development committees. Nonprofits were also gracious enough to share their time and plans with us. Certain services — such as Free Trade Alliance, whose trade mission is to help local businesses reach international waters or vice versa — have been beneficial to local companies. There were also other nonprofits who were on the cutting edge of innovation, such as Pecan St. Project, who use energy and gas metric analysis to derive insightful information, which they share with just about anyone who needs it, from academics to industry players. We also learned about the various funds such as the International Business Plan Project, International Accelerator, BizAid, BizOpen, Greenlights for Nonprofit Success, etc., which are all in place to support entrepreneurial and innovative ventures.
The place actually reminded me of a cross between Silicon Valley and Singapore. They are not quite Silicon Valley yet in terms of the venture capital and innovative business scene, but they have definitely set their targets on that and more as their goal. Their strategy also reminds me a lot of Singapore’s move to do the same for Asia and I am happy to see that they have been reporting good success in this effort. This is a state to definitely watch out for.
A combination of business, creativity and critical thinking skills, allowing students to examine challenges from multiple perspectives.
Countless opportunities for you to put your classroom experience to work in a real setting, providing a competitive edge in the job market.
An unmatched suite of seven technology labs gives you access to the hardware and software being used in industry today.
A dedicated team prepares students for the job market with one-on-one advising, seminars and access to top employers.