About Us

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About Us

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.

Executive Board

Pamina Barkow, Orange County Pain Management

Ken Beall, Dartbrook Partners, LLC

Jacob Kong, Experian 

Ken & Carla Neeld, Delphi Display Systems

Mary Patrick Kavanaugh, Soka University


Board of Directors

Matt Bailey, Orange County Community Foundation

Isabelle Bart, RevHub OC

Juiling & Shengfa Johnson , Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Mary Patrick Kavanaugh, Soka University

Howard Mirowitz, Cove Fund

Fiza & Mansoor Shah

Dr. Emanuel Shaoulian, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

Numan Siddiqi, Baker Hostetler

Alfred Somekh, GEHR Corporation

Michael Wong, Genea

Catherine Zhou, EcoKMC

Ahmed Zobi, Syntr Health Technologies, Inc.


Board of Advisors

Rahul Abhyankar

Matt Hanson, Beall Applied Innovation

Roz Huang, Dandelion Global

Cynthia Kirkeby, IntelliTwin

Simon Loo, GE Grid Solutions

M.K. Raheja

Matthew & Lily Sand, 3DEO

Jason Stern, Gift of Time




Honorary Board Members

Dan Jenkins, Monet Networks

David Ochi, Innovation Incubator at Cal State Dominguez Hills

Larry Wilk, UCI Paul Merage School of Business

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 Jenn Huynh.



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.


1. Participation in the Merage School's New Venture Competition

2. Enroll in and pass two approved Innovation/Entrepreneurship courses.

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.

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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.


1. Participation in the Merage School's New Venture Competition

2. Enroll in and pass two approved Innovation/Entrepreneurship courses.

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.

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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

Catlin Tran

“Participating in The New Venture Competition gave my team and I the opportunity to experience all the highs and lows of bringing a startup to life. Not only were we able to gain real life skills in creating a pitch deck, conducting market research, and public speaking; we also learned how to better collaborate as a team and become leaders. NVC was the best catalyst Nutripair could have had to begin our journey into the market.” - Catlin Tran, business economics & management minor, class of 2023, 1st place winner in business services track in Stella Zhang NVC 2022

Catlin Tran

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.



Contact Us 

Contact Us


Jenn Huynh
Program Manager


Imran Currim
Faculty Director