Now Accepting Applications for the Summer 2020 Competition at UCSB August 9-16!
Successful companies and businesses need entrepreneurial managers and employees who are resourceful leaders, independent thinkers, problem-solvers, and team players.
This one week intensive course focuses on hands-on, real-world application of entrepreneurial skills and tools. It rewards students by providing them with insights regarding how and when to use such business tools. The course focuses on principles, concepts, skills, practices, information, and choices relevant for start-up and early-stage entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial managers, and their stakeholders.
The 7-day competition includes real-world case studies, guest speakers, and visits to local start-up firms. Earn 2 unites of college credit and compete for $5000 in cash prizes.
Limited to 60 students who spend seven days living and working on campus and venturing out on field trips to local companies as they create and present their own business plans. Next Wave’s relationships with dozens of successful entrepreneurs support the academy’s real-world learning.
The competition experience creates the opportunity for entrepreneurial spirit through fun, fast, practical, hands-on learning experiences that develop confidence and leadership skills. Games, role playing, business simulation and laughter are an integral part of our learning activities. Students learn how to translate interests and dreams into enterprise through action-based planning, goal-setting, budgeting, deadlines and instant feedback while building sustainable businesses under the guidance of successful entrepreneurs and business faculty. Their crucial, step-by-step advice helps students implement their business ideas.
The following principles and practices of entrepreneurship will be covered:
You'll have seven days to put together your pitch, your team and your projects.
Get excited! We are giving away $5000 in cash prizes!
Top leaders in business and tech today. We have West Coast leaders and business executives from China and Singapore.
Hot new startups, Mom + Pop concepts that have scaled - we've got them all!
UCSB, known for its tech incubator and cutting edge research and top economics programs will host the competition and allow students to experience living on one of the top schools in the nation.
Surfing lessons, kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding, sailing, bonfires at the beach!
Create, identify, & differentiate sustainable value propositions. Identify & determine financial and non-financial resources available for new ventures. Apply key concepts in a fundraising pitch, fundraising, business model development and market validation; sales, marketing & business development.
Go beyond your business ideas and meet with music, art, and scientists that are making waves in their fields and can pave the wave for you to do the same.
The best in teaching theories, a “learn by doing” approach that combines theory, group learning projects and practical lesson plans. Students write real-world, practical business plan presentations and are coached/mentored by successful entrepreneurs.
Co-founder & CTO
Director, Product Management & Applications Development
Bruker Nano Surfaces
Productive Robotics, Inc.
Product Marketing Manager
Minnesota Twins Hitting Coach
Performing Under Pressure
Named hottest robotics company of 2019 will walk you through their factory and their growth plan. Meet the engineers and the founder.
Some of the best ideas are coming from the best beachside community in the world. Meet the leaders of the tech world today!
Top west coast venture capitalists will be on-site helping you smooth out your pitch and fill in the gaps.
Review Business Vocabulary
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Business Simulation & Outdoor Concert
Group Activity Ice Cream Social
Curriculum Review Meet Classmates & Group Activity -
Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs & Leadership What is a Business Plan? Review...
Principles of Sales, Features & Benefits, Unique Selling Proposition (USP) How to Use Social Media & Strategies to Promote...
Beach - How to Turn Your Passion Into a (surfing) Business Field Trip, Company Tour
Preparing Financial Projection & 3-Year Pro Forma Group ...
Group Work Preparing Business Plan
Computer-aided Design of a product Group Work: Presentation Finalization Computer Lab
As a member of Next Wave Entrepreneurship Academy, you are instantly connected to a robust community of professionals passionate about new ideas and revolutionizing the existing marketplace. It’s easy to network with fellow entrepreneurs in your region and around the world. Whether you are a student, starting a new program at your school, coaching for the first time, volunteering your time to a local program, reconnecting with alumni, or advancing your skill set—we’re here to support you every step of the way!
We are a diverse group of educators, researchers, and business folks working together to ensure the brightest possible future for the next generation. We are pleased to have Roger Kjensrud, the
CTO from Impact as one our judges this year! He'll be joined by other local and national leaders to lead our participants through the curriculum and onto their path to making a difference for the better.