TEC Graduate Programs

TEC Entrepreneurship

Graduate entrepreneurship education in the NC State Poole College of Management provides students the skills, knowledge, experience and mentorship needed for success in today’s dynamic, technology oriented marketplace. Students may enroll in theEntrepreneurship Technology and Commercialization concentration in the college’s Jenkins MBA program, or earn a TEC Certificate by successfully completing the core courses in this graduate concentration.

TEC extends Poole College’s expertise in entrepreneurship education beyond the NC State campus to other colleges and universities in the United States and abroad who have adapted the EC curriculum for their students, through TECnet.


The Jenkins MBA TEC Concentration

The TEC concentration, offered through Poole College’s Jenkins MBA program, is open to all graduate students at NC State University. This highly interactive sequence of courses takes student teams through the process of identifying new technologies that have potential for commercialization. They use the time-testing EC Algorithm to select top candidates from a large number of patents submitted for review by inventors at NC State, the University of North Carolina system, and other sources. The student teams then develop a business plan for one or more of the technologies and present their best option to a gathering of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

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TEC Certificate

Graduate students – with or without a technology oriented bachelor’s degree – and post-baccalaureates who are not pursuing a graduate degree may apply for the EC Certificate program to enroll in the TEC concentration. Students will work on teams with the graduate students in the TEC concentration and, upon successful completion of the coursework, will receive a certificate. Certificate students who apply and are admitted to Poole College’s NC State Jenkins MBA program may apply their EC Certificate coursework toward their Jenkins MBA course requirements; however, all coursework for the Jenkins MBA program must be completed within six years of starting in the EC Certificate sequence.

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