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Certificate Programs

TMP’s certificate programs are open to UC Santa Barbara undergraduates, master’s degree students, and Ph.D. candidates from any major. These programs provide a path for innovative and dedicated students to gain in-depth understanding of cutting edge entrepreneurial and business practices in global technology-based companies. Students who complete the programs’ requirements receive UC-recognized certificates. TMP students gain a working knowledge of:

Business StrategyTeamwork and Leadership
Opportunity RecognitionInterpreting Financial Statements
Market SegmentationCapital Budgeting
Targeted Sales and MarketingIP Management
Business PlanningStrategic Communication

Propelling Graduates to Successful Careers

In addition to receiving traditional classroom instruction, TMP students interact with experienced technology industry professionals through mentored project-based activities that encourage professional development, technical innovation, and entrepreneurship. The variety of workshops, seminars, networking events, and career fairs—as well as the internationally recognized TMP Distinguished Speaker Series—are strategically designed to help students achieve their goals and realize success in the business world.

With the skills acquired through the program’s curricular and cocurricular activities, TMP graduates are distinguishing themselves in the workplace through hard work, innovative thinking, and their ability to function effectively in teams. These are key ingredients for successful technology commercialization, and important themes that permeate the TMP culture, curriculum, and activities.

A Hands-on Entrepreneurial Experience to Accelerate New Technology Ventures

The New Venture Competition (NVC) is UC Santa Barbara’s premier entrepreneurial experience, giving students a detailed understanding of how to launch their own successful technology start-up. Working in multidisciplinary teams under the guidance of mentors drawn from the region’s business and investment communities, young innovators learn how to identify and validate business opportunities, develop a market-tested business model, prepare detailed financial projections, assemble a founding team, deliver a compelling investor pitch, and much more.