Fall Course: UW Environmental Innovation Practicum

UW ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION PRACTICUM (2 credits)
ENTRE 490/579, ENGR 498, ENVIR 450
Fall Quarter, Tuesdays 4-5:50 pm

The goal of this practicum is to discover the universe of cleantech solutions to our most pressing environmental challenges and to raise your awareness of how you might be part of that solution.  You’ll form teams around problems you identify, and present your solutions to the class.  Although not required, teams are invited to go on to compete in the fourth UW Environmental Innovation Challenge competition to be held in Seattle on March 29, 2012.

The seminar will consist of a selection of required readings and a series of industry experts who will speak on a specific cleantech topic each week. You will work in teams to present a proposed cleantech solution to an environmental problem. The final deliverable for the class is a 5-10 minute presentation.

Required Electronic Text: Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era ©2011

Course topics will include:

  • Environmental challenges and opportunities linked to cleantech.
  • How to translate an idea into an actual device/product/company (including intellectual property protection)
  • Market assessment (who would be the customer for this product or service?)
  • Local/national venture capital and angel firms now focused on cleantech endeavors, and other opportunities/resources at UW.

For more information contact:

Pam Tufts, Assistant Director
Center for Innovation &Entrepreneurship
Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington
ptufts@uw.edu
P: 206.685.3813

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