Frank Peters on Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship Course – Session I

Featuring Frank Peters

Chairman, TechCoast Angels

Host, The Frank Peters Show: Startup Stories in Angel Investing and Venture Capital

Location: McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium

Free and open to the public

The Northrop Grumman Entrepreneurship Course for Scientists and Engineers provides a real-world introduction to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship.  Through a series of presentations by prestigious entrepreneurs and industry leaders, participants will explore the various organizational, strategic and financial challenges facing successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs.  Topics include start-up strategies, business idea evaluation, business plan writing, and introduction to venture capital.

About the Speaker:

In 1983, Frank Peters founded Plaid Brothers Software, which developed portfolio management systems for Wall Street firms.  He sold the company in 1998 to Sungard Data Systems, and has since dedicated himself to volunteer projects in the arts, both locally and in New York.  Peters published his dance photography in Dreams of Grace, Images and Remembrances of LaGuardia High School in New York City.  He is currently a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council in the ClaireTrevorSchool of the Arts at UC Irvine.  Peters serves on the advisory board for TriTech Consulting SBDC, and is the chairman of the Tech Coast Angels.  Prior to his involvement with TCA, he was a founding member of Charlotte Angel Partners in North Carolina.  Since 1999, Peters has been an active investor in early stage companies. 

Peters is also a prolific podcaster; check out The Frank Peters Show: Angel Investing and Venture Capital.  Due in part to these efforts, Frank was a finalist for the 2006 High Impact Person of the Year Award at the AeA’s 13th Annual Orange County High-Tech Innovations Awards and Technology Showcase.  He has a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Massachusetts and a masters’ degree in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

For students interested in enrolling in this class for the Spring Quarter:

Deadline to Register: 

Friday, March 14, 2008

The Northrop Grumman Entrepreneurship Course for Scientists and Engineers

Tuesday and Thursday

April 1 to June 5

5:00 - 6:20 p.m.

McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium (MDEA)

To sign up, go to:  http://websoc.reg.uci.edu/perl/WebSoc

Engr 195     ENTRPRNR SCI & ENGR

Course Code 13100

Future Guest Lecturers

The course will feature distinguished guest lecturers, including:

Craig Carlson, Co-Founder and Partner, Stradling, Yocca Carlson and Rauth

Robert Kleist, CEO and Founder, Printronix

William J. Link, Ph.D., Managing Director, Versant Ventures

James Mazzo, Chairman, President and CEO, Advanced Medical Optics

Jacqueline Patterson, President, JL Paterson and Associates

Stanton
Rowe, Corporate Vice President, Edwards Lifesciences

Course Description

ENGR 195: The Northrop Grumman Entrepreneurship Course for Scientists and Engineers (Credit Units: 4)

The course provides science and engineering students with a real-world introduction to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship.  Through a series of presentations by prestigious entrepreneurs and industry leaders, coupled with discussions sessions highlighting the key entrepreneurial business themes raised in the presentations, students will explore the various organizational, strategic and financial challenges facing successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs.  Topics include start-up strategies, business idea evaluation, business plan writing, and introduction to venture capital.

Prerequisite

None

Restriction

Junior, senior, or graduate status in a scientific or engineering discipline.

It will also include group project work.

Course Instructor   

Goran Matijasevic, Ph.D., MBA

Director of Research Development

The HenrySamueliSchool of Engineering

UC Industry-University Cooperative Research Program Fellow

More information: goran@uci.edu or 824-9830

Please enroll by Friday, March 14, 2008.