Program Overview

New for 2020! Innovation, Design, and Startups: How to imagine, create, and build a business or nonprofit organization. Dream, believe, pursue. Learn how to think creatively, develop ideas, and build the foundation for a successful business or nonprofit organization. This course includes innovative and design-thinking, making the pitch, customer discovery, developing a business model canvas, learning to pivot, and an introduction to the incubators and resources at Syracuse University to help you pursue your venture regardless of your major. This Summer College course is a non-credit course.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students will:

  • Have an understanding and appreciation of innovation and design-thinking techniques
  • Understand how to make a persuasive elevator pitch
  • Know how to do customer discovery
  • Be able to create a business model canvas for a for-profit or nonprofit venture
  • Understand the value of college incubators and the resources provided

Learn more about Business: Innovation, Design, and Startups:

Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bio

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session II: July 11 – July 17, 2020
Duration: 1-week


Credit: Noncredit
Grading System: Pass/Fail

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Costs:

  • Residential: $1,780
  • Commuter: $1,373

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Requirements

Student Expectations

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

  • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Monday – Friday

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

Field Trips

Students will visit a number of incubators at Syracuse University.

End Event

The final Friday will include a Shark-Tank style pitch competition for student teams. Parents are invited to attend!

Last Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to leave on Friday, July 17 after 4:30pm upon the completion of the final class. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.

Faculty Bio

Bruce Kingma

Innovation, Design, and Startups is taught by Professor Kingma from the Whitman School of Management and the School of Information Studies. Professor Kingma is the former Provost for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Syracuse University. Provost Kingma developed the award-winning programs in entrepreneurship, innovation, and community engagement across the Syracuse University campus and Central New York.