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Real-World Learning

Beyond field projects, you also get the opportunity to glean real-world knowledge about tech management through the following events and activities:

New Venture Competition. The New Venture Competition (NVC) started in 1999. Since then, it has become the premier tech entrepreneurship event on California's Central and South Coast. The NVC attracts investors from all over California, from Silicon Valley to San Diego. The NVC serves as an opportunity for you to get exposure for your startup idea. You also get rigorous feedback from tech experts who help you determine whether your startup idea is marketable and investment-worthy.

Company Visits. Throughout your time at MTM, we afford you with the opportunity of visiting tech companies, large and small, so you may learn about them, network with their executives, and gain a sense of the types of places at which you could work. Past company visits include Medtronic, Counsyl, Spire, DirectRelief, SpaceX, and Amgen.

Executive Brown-Bag Lunches. Executive brown-bag lunches bring tech executives to campus to speak to you each Tuesday or Thursday throughout the year. These lunches enable you to learn more about the tech companies at which these executives work, to network with them, and to explore career opportunities.

Thursday Afternoon Hangouts. Every Thursday, we hold afternoon hangouts where faculty, staff, mentors, alumni, executives, investors, and other friends of the program come to meet you in an informal, relaxed setting. Thursday afternoon hangouts are a great opportunity to learn about tech companies you may not have heard of before and make connections over some heavy hors d'oeuvres with libations.