UCSB Entrepreneurial Pre-college Program

Participants who enter the GYEC Final Round can apply for the UCSB Entrepreneurial Pre-college program without submitting any standardized test scores (such as SAT/ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, etc.). The program includes:

  • 15-hours live classes
  • TWO college credits
  • Recommendation letter from UCSB professors
  • UCSB official transcript
  • UCSB official course completion certificate

Program Learning Objectives

  • Students will learn and demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset through a set of growth reflections.
  • Students will develop and demonstrate entrepreneurial skills.
  • Students will learn to navigate entrepreneurial frameworks, using tools to fuel new enterprises.
  • Students will create and test a minimum viable product.
  • Students will create a strategic plan for growing and scaling their venture.

Program Modules

Module 1: Entrepreneurial Mindset

Class 1: Risk & Growth

Class 2: Finding Opportunity

Class 3: Meeting Customer Needs

Module 3: Entrepreneurial Frameworks

Class 1: Lean Startup

Class 2: The Value Proposition

Class 3: The Business Model

Module 5: Entrepreneurial Growth

Class 1: Pivot & Finances

Class 2: Metrics and Systems

Class 3: Scaling

Module 2: Entrepreneurial Skills

Class 1: Networking & Collaboration

Class 2: Research & Learning

Class 3: Communication & Persuasion

Module 4: Entrepreneurial Learning

Class 1: The Minimum Viable Product

Class 2: Building your Minimum Viable Product

Class 3: Testing your Minimum Viable Product

Program Activities

Each lesson contains 3 activities/assignments. Additionally, each unit has a culminating project.

  • Quizzes
    • Each lesson contains a short quiz to verify content understanding.
  • Action Activity
    • Each lesson contains an activity where students must apply the lesson learning.
  • Reflection
    • Each lesson contains a reflection assignment that allows students to reflect on their learning.
  • Unit Culminating Project
    • The Unit Culminating Project will allow students to apply their learning for the entire unit to a real-world entrepreneurial project.

Program Instructor

Dr. Brett Taylor

Dr. Brett Taylor has extensive experience working with young adults developing entrepreneurship skills. Brett holds an Ed.D. degree in Educational Administration from the University of the Pacific, an M.B.A. from Babson College, an M.A. in Education from U.C. Davis, and a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University.