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Business Research for Innovation and Growth

The following course is designed to prepare students for careers and advanced education in business, entrepreneurship, and management with a solid grounding in fundamentals. While learning about topics of business, innovation, venture financing, and growth strategy, students will gain the analytical and leadership skills necessary to build an innovative business proposal and become an opportunistic leader.

As a result of COVID-19, this course will be online. 

SU22 - Business Research for Innovation and Growth Program

Through a combination of in-class discussions, real-life venture case studies and venture simulations developed at the top Universities, this course prepares for you careers and advanced education in business, entrepreneurship, and management with a solid grounding in fundamentals. We learn and immerse ourselves on the topics of business innovation,  venture financing, and growth strategy. The simulations help us experience the dynamics of a business venture and the challenges of raising money, leading the organization, and building wealth for the founders and stakeholders.  Examples include companies that went from an idea to market and raised investment from angels and venture investors. 

INSTRUCTOR: Professor Vish Krishnan(see below for more information)

PROGRAM DATES: July 11, 2022- July 29, 2022(Click here to apply)

PROGRAM TIMES: Tues/Thurs - Synchronous teaching - 4:00pm - 7:00pm PST

TUITION: $2,500

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain analytical, strategic, creative, and critical thinking skills needed to be an innovative, opportunity-driven, and entrepreneurial leader.
  • Internalize and incorporate key components necessary to construct a business proposal/presentation for an innovative idea.
  • Gain an understanding of core leadership skills necessary to guide innovative pursuits in turbulent environments.

Course outline

  • Introduction to Business Innovation and Growth:  Generating Ideas for Scalable Ventures
  • Economic and Financial Foundations of Businesses
  • Developing and Implementing Business Strategy
  • Uncovering and Fulfilling Unmet User and Customer Needs
  • Designing Business Models for Growth and Value
  • Capturing Value and Synthesizing a Business Plan


Instructor Information

Dr. Vish Krishnan

Dr.KrishnanProfessor Vish Krishnan holds the Jacobs Chair in Engineering and Management at the University of California, and is a faculty affiliate at the Harvard Business School’s Laboratory for Innovation Science. Prof. Krishnan holds a PhD from MIT andhas co- authored some of the most cited articles on the topics of product management and growth strategy. An accomplished scholar and a 4-time winner of the Most Valuable Professor award with substantial industry and entrepreneurial experience, he leads a  number of entrepreneurial initiatives at UC San Diego. Professor Krishnan has served in editorial positions at the top journals in the areas of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Operations Management. He works with senior leadership and management development programs at major Fortune 100 companies.

Click here to learn more about Professor Krishnan

Other Program Information 

Business Research Application

Students can acess the application from the "Apply Now" tab here.

Business Research Acceptance

Students will be notified of acceptance within 7 - 10 business days. 

Business Research Cancellation/Refund Policies

Cancellation or withdrawal for any reason by June 3, 2022 will receive a full refund 

Refunds for cancellation or withdrawal after June 3, 2022 will be issued for serious illness (doctor's certificate is required) or extenuating circumstances only. Tuition is not refunded for students who are dismissed from the program.

All refund requests must be made in writing to Maysoon Dong, Associate Director, UCSD Pre-College Programs at: You will receive a confirmation of your request. Refunds will take approximately 4-6 weeks to process. Refunds are issued in the same method of payment (check or charge) of payment to the program.