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Nikola Tesla (1856-1943, Inventor of AC Electricity) Pitching Silicon Valley VCs

What if the guy who invented the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system were to pitch to a VC today. Would he have been funded? Check out this hilarious video commentary, produced by NorthernImagination. From Wikipedia: Nikola Tesla (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Тесла; 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian-American[2][3] inventor, electrical […]

Freshman & Sophomores Get Practical Design & Project Experience in Biomedical Engineering

In this video interview Georgia Tech rising senior Jim Schwoebel describes his experience entering college knowing his destiny was to invent, innovate and be an entrepreneur. But, when he got to Georgia Tech, he found that most of the innovation resources were geared to juniors, seniors and grad students. Freshman and sophomores weren’t getting the […]

Five Lessons for a Student Ambassador Candidate: Some Short Stories of Excitement, Fear, and Prezi

These thoughts and stories, and whatever messages or lessons they may convey, are not limited to the experiences of Student Ambassadors. Perhaps one of the most significant strengths of the NCIIA Student Ambassador program is its ability to quite accurately simulate student entrepreneurship; the two are not mutually exclusive! What it means to dive head-first […]

Berkeley Students Help Land $20MM From Jacobs Foundation for Design Institute

Jared Karp and Adam Eastman describe the sequence of events over one academic year which helped catalyze a student-led movement in the innovation culture on campus. New! Timeline for sequence of events posted below. We got word of the $20 million gift on Monday afternoon and 78 hours later, we were able to extract Jared […]

Attention: This is a matter of national security.

Secret Agents Wanted. Report to ASEE Booth #417. We are recruiting operatives for the Fall training. Faculty and Administration should report to the Epicenter Booth at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) to learn why the country’s future, not to mention the future of your engineering school, will only be secured by the addition […]

The Cat’s Out of the Bag

by Humera Fasihuddin Update 7pm 6/19: And the standings have been announced! See below for each team’s placement and prize. Today, I have the great honor of awarding a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner for the ninth year of the BMEidea Awards. The top three represent the finest in student innovations addressing real clinical […]

List of Seed Funding Sources For Student Ventures

by Humera Fasihuddin Finding seed funding for your venture while you’re going to school can be a tricky thing. There are sources of funding out there, you just need to do a bit of ‘hustling’ to get it. Here’s a list of EARLY STAGE funding resources, including grants, business plan competitions, sources of loans and […]

Create Something Every Day: A Guide to Becoming a Producer

By Elliot Roth CREATORS CREATE to hone their CREATIVITY. Engineers are artists. The best of them are making something everyday to exercise their creativity and problem-solving abilities. But, all too often intention is overshadowed by procrastination. Everyone is guilty of procrastination. It’s easy to promise yourself that you’ll do something but it’s a different matter […]

Free Online Courses To Ready the Entrepreneurial Mindset, According to Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassador-curated Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and Innovation Resources Stanford, MIT, Johns Hopkins and many others are offering free online classes to give learners independent opportunities to pursue education without the diploma, of course. Add, yes, there are many lists of free online courses, many of which are good and a bunch of which […]

INFOGRAPHIC: The Entrepreneurial Mindset

Source: ODesk and Millenial Branding, The Future of Work Thank you to ODesk and Millenial Branding for conducting this study and producing an awesome infographic that articulates the mindset of our Student Ambassadors. Our Student Ambassadors, most of whom are engineers, have “seen the light’. They have come to realize that through engineering, they can […]

Is It Ever Okay to Skip Class? A Two-Minute Checklist for the Student Entrepreneur

By Blake Marggraff When it comes to balancing your efforts as a student entrepreneur and campus ambassador with school, choices that once seemed black and white suddenly tend to blend together. Sure, a few late nights (early mornings?) here and there don’t seem too bad, but in a world where assignments and exams already fluctuate […]

Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Community as a Student Leader

By Sean Newman Maroni Building a university entrepreneurial community is unlike any other student leadership role. As a student leader of NC State’s Entrepreneurship Initiative for the last three years, I’ve learned a lot about sparking entrepreneurship and why many university entrepreneurship programs fail. This article is the first of a 12-part series on cultivating […]

Four Student Ambassadors Launch Innovation Space Venture, BetaVersity

Congratulations to Student Ambassadors Sean Maroni (NCSU), Lucas Arzola (UC Davis), Blake Marggraff (Washington University St. Louis), and Jared Karp (UC Berkeley) who launched BetaVersity this past April. BetaVersity designs and installs prototyping labs and ‘design kitchens’ for students to not only cook up new ideas, but also to make them a reality. For a […]

Congratulations Class of 2013

This Is Water: A Commencement Address Worth Bookmarking This is Water from Patrick Buckley on Vimeo. “This Is Water” is a video interpretation of the famous 2005 Commencement address delivered by David Foster Wallace at Kenyon College (read the backstory about this inspiring video created by LA-based production shop, The Glossary, and the WSJ article […]

I-Start Makes Launching a Competition a Breeze

Student Ambassadors and University leaders take note, the Kauffman Foundation has made it a whole lot easier to get up and running with your own campus competition! I-Start is an online tool that allows anyone to set up and manage a business plan, business model or design competition. The Kauffman Foundation acquired the platform in […]

Makers Earning $45K After High School, Our Future Innovators

Today show segment showcases exciting new program that’s ‘making makers’ within high school. According to the segment, The unemployment rate for people under the age of 25 is 16.2%, double the national average. A new program in Massachusetts is designed to train students in advanced manufacturing, robotics and precision machining to satisfy the predicted 100,000 […]

April 2013 Issue of Harvard Business Review Includes Steve Blank and Lean Startup Methodology

The April issue of Harvard Business Review features a must-read article from Steve Blank on the acclaimed Lean Startup Methodology being deployed widely in the technology venture development circles. This is an especially exciting development for two reasons: 1) While HBR has published widely on management issues faced by large and established companies, it hasn’t […]

Art + Engineering = Employment

Your opportunities for employment post-graduation are directly correlated with the fields you pursue and the activities in which you are engaged. Should I bother getting a college education? If this is what you are asking yourself, I suggest you re-frame the question. Ask yourself instead, “Should I bother going to college to pursue a degree […]

UC Berkeley Ambassador Speaks at Smithsonian, Washington D.C.

Jared Karp, Student Ambassador from University of California Berkeley, spoke at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in an event entitled, “Spaces of Invention.” The six-speaker event, held as part of the NCIIA Open Conference in Collaboration with Epicenter and was delivered Pecha Kucha-style (also known in some circles as an Ignite talk). In 15 […]

Macklemore! Purdue Makes Engineering Cool

Student Ambassadors welcome nine new candidates this week at the OPEN Conference in Washington D.C., including an undergraduate and graduate student from Purdue. Between the commitment to train two engineering towards the student-led movement to expand Innovation and Entrepreneurship activity and this AMAZINGLY COOL engineering parody of “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, there’s […]