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  • Experience the fast-paced world of a technology startup!

  • Learn how to think like an entrepreneur!

  • Develop a commercialization plan for an invention of your own design!

Students will participate in a highly experiential course teaching key concepts of engineering entrepreneurship.  Students will study cases similar to those of undergraduate and graduate courses.  Topics covered include:  Entrepreneurial team dynamics; technology and strategic assessments; creativity and business model development; communication to investors and technology managers; and technology plan development

Students spend one week on the University Park campus, where they will develop core skills in collegiate environments; and then they will spend one week at the Viterbi Startup Garage incubator in the heart of Silicon Beach. Activities may include visits to advanced manufacturing facilities and interviews with real entrepreneurs.  The course culminates in a final “Demo Day” presentation.


Rosemary Rohde, PhD
Rosemary Rohde, PhDInstructor
Dr. Rosemary Rohde was born in sunny Miami, Florida. She moved to LA and graduated from UCLA on a full scholarship. Dr. Rose studied chemistry with Jim Heath at Caltech and received her PhD in 2009. She was a co-founder and senior scientist of Indi Molecular, a biotech company that designed artificial antibodies for medical diagnostics. After working on that project for six years, now she teaches and develops science curricula for H-bar Tutoring, which she co-founded and where she currently serves as CEO; and Ad Astra School, where she is the Founding Science Director, Chair of Admissions, and serves on the Administrative Team.

Dr. Rose is an entrepreneur and educator at heart. From age 13 she and her mother co-ran a furniture company with interior and floral decorating; their new company will sell unique, handmade jewelry. Dr. Rose is looking forward to working with a motivated group of high students this summer at USC interested in entrepreneurship.


  • Program Dates: July 17-28, 2017; 2-Week Commuter Program
  • Monday – Friday; 9am – 4pm
  • Week One:  USC Campus; Week Two:  SCilicon Beach


  • Sophomore, Junior or Senior in Fall 2017
  • Submit online application with a personal statement of 500 words or less
  • Official High School Transcripts (Recommend GPA of a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale)
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation from a teacher able to discuss your academic qualifications in science, technology, engineering and/or math & your readiness to participate in this 2-week intensive program in commercialization and innovation

Student Program Fees

  • Application Fee       $       35.00
  • Program Fee            $ 3,000.00

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

How To Apply

Apply here by Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 11:59pm PST

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Contact Information

Have questions?  Please email us at or call (310) 448-8621.