The goal of Entrepreneurship is to encourage a spirit of challenge and service as innovator as well as to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to start, own, and run their own businesses. Students basically go through the following process. Finding and defining challenging tasks to solve on their own, inventing innovative technologies or business models for them, and establishing startups to realize value creation.
Program 1 KENTECH focuses on creating and securing excellent intellectual property in the process of defining problems and deriving solutions. Students will define industrial, social, and environmental issues in the field of energy, and explain its importance. Students will learn in advance prior-art search method technique, intellectual property systems, and invention creation techniques (TRIZ, OPIS..), and receive support so that they can be practically used in the course. Students by themself will design and draft patent claims for the invention and will do their best to secure the patentability of novelty and inventive step. External experts will provide evaluation and feedback on their inventions and patent draft from a business point of view and the university's technology licensing office (TLO) actively support them to lead to successful commercialization such as technology transfer or start-up.
Program 2 Another KENTECH program focuses on realizing true entrepreneurship and realizing creative values in real industries. In this course, a team of 5 students adopts an idea realized up to the level of the patent specification: Students can and are encouraged to choose an invention or business model derived from the Program1. They proceeds with the entire process right before starting a business using it. To this end, students will be guided on patent analysis, prior art search methods, prototyping, market analysis and marketing strategies, financing methods, and communication techniques. Finally, students make a presentation to an investor or venture capitalist and get feedback. If the response from investors is good and the team members agree, it leads to actual startups.