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Business & Innovation

Stony Brook University offers the following courses and seminars to help further the professional development of students and postdocs in business and innovation. 


Entrepreneurship Minors for Undergraduates

Undergraduates majoring in any field have the option of a minor in entrepreneurship. See the Undergraduate bulletin for details on the Entrepreneurship Minor in Business and the Engineering and Technology Entrepreneurship Minor for non-business majors.


Center for Biotechnology Fundamentals of the Bioscience Industry Program

Graduate Students & Postdocs:

The Fundamentals of the Bioscience Industry Program is an innovative, one semester, evening program designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the Bioscience Industry from target identification through commercial application. This program is targeted toward graduate students and postdocs seeking to facilitate commercial activities within their academic labs or enhance their knowledge of the commercial sector in order to transition into non-academic careers.

Created by the Center for Biotechnology, this highly interactive program gives participants the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the development of commercialization strategies around real intellectual property and business issues.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Increased marketability for participants by expanding their education beyond the typical classroom
  • Practical, hands on work with technologies to advance an invention through to commercialization
  • Connections made with industry leaders through on going classroom interaction
  • Access to a network of over 300 program alumni providing career opportunities, mentoring, professional development and social interaction


For more information: Contact Kate Hutchinson at the Center for Biotechnology  OR download the 2016 FLYER.


How to Build a Startup: The Lean Launchpad

Graduate Students: Enroll via SOLAR.

Postdocs: Contact to sign up to audit.

Have an interest in entrepreneurship and building a startup company? Consider enrolling in "How to Build a Startup: The Lean Launchpad." This hands-on course teaches how to take a business from idea to startup under the guidance of experienced mentors. Teams going on to form companies will receive post-class assistance and can go on to compete in the SB Entrepreneurs Challenge. 

Offered each Fall and Spring semester.

Hear Steve Blank, internationally recognized Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, describe the course: 

Note that pre-requisites can be waived with permission of the instructor. 

Flyer for Fall 2014


Stony Brook Entrepreneurs Challenge

Do you have a cool business idea? Then sign up for the Stony Brook Entrepreneurs Challenge and win a share of $50,000 toward making your idea into a company. As part of the new Wolfielaunch program to encourage SBU student entrepreneurs, the Challenge will help you prepare to pitch your idea to a campus panel of experienced venture funders, entrepreneurs and business services professionals – and go on to regional and state competitions for more funding if you choose. You’ll have access to intensive mentoring – based on techniques from a Silicon Valley entrepreneur – practice your pitch and become a partner of Stony Brook’s “Cradle to Fortune 500” suite of business development programs.

Open to any postdoc or student/any program/any level.

Flyer for Spring 2014


Other Events in Business & Innovation

 Commercialization Workshop for Life Sciences, Oct 29

Are you interested in learning about the skills needed to commercialize an innovation? Do you have an innovation that you are looking to bring “out of the lab”? Are you looking for funding to aid commercialization efforts? If so, attend the Long Island Bioscience Hub (LIBH)Commercialization Workshop.

The Commercialization Workshop a one-day, rapid fire workshop that will provide practical tools used in commercialization as well as strategies to enhance applications for LIBH grant funding. 

When: Thursday, October 29, 2015, 8:30am

Where: Long Island High Technology Incubator, 25 Health Sciences Drive, Stony Brook, NY 11794

This session is ideal for faculty, physicians, fellows, post docs and graduate students, especially those who are interested in submitting grant proposals to the Hub.

See the flyer for more information.

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