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The Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship shapes the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators. We offer hands-on experience and an immediately useful education about the process and importance of entrepreneurial enterprises. With a pronounced focus on the particular needs of ambitious visionaries, our programs equip you with knowledge and resources to launch a successful business.

A hub of activity, education, networking and practical experience, our center is a driving force for discussion and study of current entrepreneurial and innovation issues. With our deep connections and strong partnerships within the greater entrepreneurial community, we are a global leader in practice and output as we continue to encourage new ideas and inspired invention.

Faculty Director

Faculty Director

Imran Currim

Imran Currim

Distinguished Professor, Marketing

A world-renowned expert in the design and marketing of products and services, Imran Currim, faculty director of the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, has published more than 50 articles in top journals and has consulted and conducted projects and executive education for more than 100 companies. Currim’s professional journey has its roots in innovation and entrepreneurship: As a young man in India, he developed two startups in the product (umbrellas) and service (auto rental) spaces.

Under Currim’s leadership, the Beall Center has focused on the development of curriculum and new programs on innovation and entrepreneurship; a new Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the first of its kind of the University of California system; an undergraduate minor; and certificate programs for Merage graduate and undergraduate students. Previously, Currim was the Merage School’s associate dean overseeing master’s, executive, undergraduate and doctoral programs.

Currim is a distinguished professor of marketing at UCI, a title that is the highest campus-level distinction and reserved for senior faculty who have achieved peak levels of scholarship over the course of their careers. He was also awarded the Distinguished Faculty Leadership Award, one of the premier commendations bestowed by the UCI Academic Senate.

Currim earned a BE in electrical engineering from the Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute of the University of Bombay, India; an MBA from the University of Wisconsin; and MS (statistics) and PhD (business) degrees from Stanford University. He has also taught at UCLA, New York University and Yale.

Advisory Board

We gratefully acknowledge the contribution that Don Beall and Ken Beall have made to the center. We also recognize the following individuals who generously give their time and resources in support of the center and our programs.

Advisory Board Leadership:

Ken Beall, Chair

Don Beall, Chair Emeritus

 

Board of Directors:

Rahul Abhyankar

Aaron Anderson, PIMCO

Matt Bailey, UCI Applied Innovation/Lecturer, UCI Paul Merage School of Business

Pamina Barkow, Orange County Pain Management

Melissa Beck, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Aditya Choksi, Sanraj Corporation

Sanjiv Choksey

Juiling and Shengfa Johnson Chuang, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Richard Creager, IOI Partners

Daniel Dai, Intel Corporation

Dimple Dhillon, CSSDP Investments

Paul Dhillon, CSSDP Investments

Rehema Feleke, FundBand, Inc.

Ariel Gabriel, Gabriel Holdings

Shalabh Gupta, Globavir Biosciences

Chris Halliwell, Business Executive

Richard Henson, PhageTech, LLC

Julie Hill, Business Executive

Dan Jenkins, Business Executive

William Leveson-Gower, ValueScape

Simon Loo, GE Grid Solutions

Shahin Mehdizad, Qualcomm

Howard Mirowitz, Searchlight Advisors LLC

Robert Motoshige, PAAMCO

Ramin Mousavi, Edwards Lifesciences

Ken and Carla Neeld, Delphi Display Systems

David Ochi, UCI ANTrepreneur Center

Gus Ordonez, Business Executive

MK Raheja, Abbott Medica Optics

Stanton Rowe, Edwards Lifesciences

Matt and Lily Sand, 3DEO

Fiza Shah, Developments in Literacy

Mansoor Shah, Business Executive

Emanuel Shaoulian, Pacific Coast Cardiology

Numan Siddiqi, Brown Rudnick LLP

Kamran Siminou

Alfred Somekh, GEHR

Larry Wilk, Lecturer, UCI Paul Merage School of Business

Matt Zimmer, StackTek

 

Friends and Partners:

Pamela Baird, City of Irvine

Amir Banifatemi, K5 Ventures/Lecturer, UCI Paul Merage School of Business

Bill Carpou, OCTANe

Ray Chan, K5 Ventures/The Portal

Feyzi Fatehi, Corent Technology, Inc.

Vijay Gurbaxani, UCI-Taco Bell Professor of Information Systems and Computer Science

Brittany Hurd, loanDepot

Sam Kamel, Business Executive

David Knuff, UCI Paul Merage School of Business

Chelva Kumar, EPIR Technologies, Inc. / Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar

Chet Lakhani, Lecturer, UCI Paul Merage School of Business

Newth Morris, Telogis, Inc.

Karen Nguyen, Inspired Art Wine

Alicia Rantos, Schneider Electric

Neil Sahota, IBM

Glen Schrank, Eccentex/Lecturer, UCI Paul Merage School of Business

Arie Shen, Business Executive

Jason Stern, Business Executive

Michael Wong, Genea

Ken Beall

“A vibrant entrepreneurial educational environment combined with an engaged business ecosystem is critical to creating a region which will deliver strong job growth and an innovative corporate community.” - Ken Beall, Advisory Board Chair

Ken Beall

For Students and Entrepreneurs

At the Beall Center, you can take your bright ideas from conception to launch and gain the skills to lead a viable and profitable venture. Southern California is rich in resources and opportunities for startups and entrepreneurial ventures, and our programs contribute to that reputation. Within our immersive experiences, you receive useful training, hands-on experience, resources and support, along with valuable connections with our partners and broad network of executives, entrepreneurs and investors.

Industrious, creative and successful business innovators from every industry continuously work with us to provide new opportunities and to bring educational and innovative experiences to the entrepreneurial community and our students.

If you have suggestions for a new program or would like to partner with us on an event, please contact Breanna Hale.

Curriculum 

Curriculum

Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Thinking about pursuing that great idea and turning it into a business? How about launching a new product or service within an established company? What about launching or scaling a social enterprise?

The Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MIE) is the first and only program of its kind in the UC system, and provides extensive integrated and immersive academic and practical experience for students looking to embark on careers as entrepreneurs (innovating to form new companies) and intrapreneurs (innovating within existing companies). The program provides students with knowledge on core topics on the process of innovation and entrepreneurship, including identifying new venture opportunities through lean startup methodology, developing a business model, preparing a business plan, assembling a team, raising the necessary financing including venture capital, and launching a new business. It is also rich in experiential learning opportunities within the UCI entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Undergraduate Minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Whether your dream is to be an entrepreneur innovating to form new companies or an intrapreneur innovating within existing companies, the Undergraduate Minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship helps you gain the knowledge and practical experience to achieve your career goals. We train you in core topics on the process of innovation and entrepreneurship such as Planning a New Venture, Lean Startup Methodology, Venture Capital, Private Equity,and more. In this program, you are strongly encouraged to apply your acquired skills in the New Venture Competition and internships.

For course descriptions, prerequisites, and enrollment restrictions, please visit the Undergraduate Course Catalog.

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Undergraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

As an undergraduate student, pursuing the Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship offers you an opportunity to put your entrepreneurial skills to the test. The hands-on experience and core topics covered provide you an extra edge which can make all the difference in your success in opportunities after graduation.

Eligibility and Process

To be eligible for this certificate, you must be a UCI undergraduate student enrolled in either the Business Administration or Business Information Management major.

Requirements

1. Participation in the Merage School's New Venture Competition preferably in your final year

2. Enroll in and pass the following two courses

  • New Ventures: A Course in Entrepreneurship (113)
  • Lean Startup (190)

You are encouraged to check with the Undergraduate Programs Office on enrollment limits and criteria for each requirement. For course descriptions, prerequisites, and enrollment restrictions, please visit the Undergraduate Course Catalog.

Process

Once the requirements are fulfilled, complete the online application at the beginning of your final quarter before graduation. The certificate will be awarded after successful completion of all requirements.

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MBA Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

As an MBA student, pursuing the MBA Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship offers you an opportunity to put your entrepreneurial skills to the test. The hands-on experience you will gain through the competition will give you an extra edge which can make all the difference in your entrepreneurial endeavors.

Eligibility and Process

Merage School graduate students (FTMBA, FEMBA, EMBA, HCEMBA, MSEM and MSBTM) are eligible to pursue meeting requirements for this certificate.

Requirements

1. Participation in the Merage School's New Venture Competition preferably in your final year

2. Enroll in and pass a minimum of two courses from the list of courses below

  • MBA 214 Entrepreneurship
  • MBA 213 New Venture Management
  • MBA 290 Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • MBA 290 Consulting Projects for Entrepreneurial Companies
  • MBA 294 EDGE for Managers

You are encouraged to check with your program office on enrollment limits and criteria for each requirement. For course descriptions, prerequisites, and enrollment restrictions, please visit our Graduate Course Catalog.

Process

After completing all of the eligibility requirements, you must:

  • Complete an online application indicating the courses you have taken and the grades you received
  • Submit the application via e-mail or in person at the beginning of your final quarter before graduation

The certificate will be awarded after successful completion of all requirements.

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Simon Loo

“Participating in New Venture Competition is the single most rewarding experience in my MBA journey. I befriended many mentors in different fields that continue to guide me through my career. The knowledge I gained expanded my entrepreneurial spirit and enabled me to visualize my business and career from a holistic point of view.” - Simon Loo, FEMBA '17

Simon Loo

Emily Vi

“The New Venture Competition gave me a whole new set of skills that I would have never learned in school. I learned how to network, create a business plan, write a concept paper, and pitch to judges, all in the span of 8 months. It was a learning experience that contributed greatly to both my personal and professional development.” - Emily Vi, UCI BA, Physics 2019, 1st Place NVC Winner: Consumer Products Track in 2018

Emily Vi

Get Involved

There are many opportunities within the Beall Center for successful entrepreneurs and business executives to share knowledge and experiences with the next generation of entrepreneurs:

Become a Mentor
As a mentor during the annual New Venture Competition, you work with a student team from February to May. You set expectations and provide structure while creating an environment for success.

Become a Speaker
Business leaders and innovators like you frequently headline our Beall Center presentations, including the quarterly speaker series, Beall Center Bashes, New Venture Competition workshops and other events.

Invest in Our Future
Support the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship by sponsoring events such as the New Venture Competition, speaker series and more. The center’s programming depends on the generosity of the business community, and your contributions make a big impact on the work we do.

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BEALL CENTER FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Breanna Hale
Assistant Director

949.824.1172
haleb@uci.edu

Imran Currim
Faculty Director

949.824.8368
beall.center@merage.uci.edu