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Master of Science in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The M.S. in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MSIE) is tailored specifically for engineering and technology students who want to take a business idea or product from their vision to market. Florida Tech's integrated hands-on educational approach not only gives students an opportunity to develop their product, but to learn the many stages of development and the critical skills for run their business.
Start Your Business As You Learn
At Florida Tech, we do not simply teach innovation and entrepreneurship, we develop entrepreneurs. This is a radically different from any other program at Florida Tech. MSIE students focus on getting out in the field and "DOING," at every step of the process. This dynamic and non-linear learning process puts students center stage, working with customers, vendors, manufacturers, banks, and venture capitalists. Professors support the "learn-by-doing" methodology with a unique curriculum that encourages students to take risks, observe failures and push the boundaries of problem solving to become problem-finders. What follows are innovation and entrepreneurship students who become experts in their field, taking advantage of this paradigm shift to become better able to identify new product or service needs, new opportunities, or better market fits.
An innovation and entrepreneurship degree also demands that students develop skills in managing product commercialization including creating "pitch ready" projects that establish resume-worthy experiences with a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Student entrepreneurs must sell their idea to venture capitalists, prospects and potential customers.
It is through hands-on experiences like these that students strategically engage in the process of opportunity creation, discovery, exploration and commercialization to eventually become innovators and entrepreneurs.
We Empower Future Entrepreneurs
The Nathan M. Bisk College of Business values innovation, diversity, ethics and leadership as the cornerstones of a 21st century business education. Florida Tech provides programs and facilities that support growth and empower future innovation and entrepreneurship leaders such as:
- The Center for Entrepreneurship and New Business Development where students pursue venture creative, sustainability and social value creation.
- The Student Business Incubator where students hone their business plan, practice their marketing pitch, and launch their business vetted by a faculty member – all while being mentored by industry experts.
- Intercollegiate Competitions that test strategic management, international business, ethics and leadership skills.
- International Business Case Competition that showcases teams of students from different universities in pivotal business functions.
- Research & Internship Opportunities with professors and the local community.
Build Professional Relationships
Florida Tech is a member of the International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP), a professional organization dedicated to providing individuals with the knowledge, skills and opportunities to deliver change in their industry or field. Upon completing the MSIE program, students are eligible to take the Certified Innovation Professional Exam offered through the IAOIP–another strong first step to becoming an innovator and leader in their field.
A Future of Possibility
Whether starting a company or helping a corporation identify product commercialization opportunities, a student who earns a Master of Science in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is ready to apply their skills, creating fresh, new ideas for their company, industry or the world.