Education & Training
Many universities are now being called upon to increase their contribution to regional and state economic growth and development. Their response has been to place stronger emphasis on entrepreneurial education, which has included sponsoring and encouraging student and faculty research intended to spur technological innovation, as well as providing specialized training and assistance to strengthen entrepreneurship within established businesses. Some universities have also established Entrepreneurial Institutes or Centers for Entrepreneurship.
An important part of the Planned Innovation® Institute’s mission is to help universities integrate the Planned Innovation philosophy and approach into their curricula to better prepare engineering, science and business students to enter the work force as highly productive employees and successful entrepreneurs. This includes providing assistance with the establishment of Entrepreneurial Institutes or Centers for Entrepreneurship, particularly those that place an emphasis on technological innovation.
The Planned Innovation Institute is well-qualified to provide such assistance.
- The Institute’s founders, Dr. Frank Bacon and Dr. Tom Butler, are noted for their pioneering work in successfully blending educational efforts in technological innovation using classes involving both engineering and business students.
- We have widespread experience in developing and using specialized business curricula to effectively train and coach engineers and scientists involved in entrepreneurial new product innovation activities in firms of all sizes.
- Our members have extensive teaching and research experience at institutions such as the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Grand Valley State University, and the University of Denver.
- The Institute also has experience assisting university research programs with technology transfer and the commercialization of technology-based innovation.
We welcome opportunities to share our expertise in Planned Innovation in a variety or ways, such as:
- Making public presentations
- Conducting seminars for students and faculty
- Making classroom appearances
- Assisting with curriculum development
- Coaching students working on “real life” innovation projects
- Serving on advisory boards
If your university would like to explore a possible partnership with the Planned Innovation Institute, please contact us.