UCSF offers a Global Entrepreneurship Online Class


This class will provide the information and the tools to help you create a winning business plan and investor pitch. Guided by renowned entrepreneurship practitioners from the life science/healthcare powerhouse UCSF and the Silicon Valley startup ecosystem, you will learn practical information, not theory, to help you succeed.

The guest lecturers from Silicon Valley are dedicated experts who live and breathe the life science/healthcare sector daily. They will relate essential understanding about the challenges, dynamics, timeframes, regulation and capital needs you will face in a startup.

The class is intended for anyone with an interest in life science/healthcare entrepreneurship, whether curious, exploring the possibility of starting a company, already involved in a startup, in a corporation seeking to innovate, an accelerator/incubator or a government economic development group. 

Registration       Course Description       Syllabus

Guest Lecturers

These Silicon Valley guest lecturers will be teaching this fall:

  • Sylvaine Cases, PhD, VP Oncology Scientific Innovation, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
  • David Morris, MD, Operating Partner, Novartis Venture Fund
  • Winnie Wan, PhD, MBA Board Director, Life Science Angels
  • Teresa Toller, Head of Talent, Arsenal Bio (Series A company)
  • Ryan Howard, Founder/ Chairman/CEO, 100Plus (serial entrepreneur)
  • Beth Andersen, MBA, California Plan President, Anthem Health (health system)
  • Geetha Rao, PhD, CEO, Springborne Life Sciences (regulatory consultant)
  • Lynne Chou O’Keefe, MBA, Founder and Managing Partner, Define Ventures, former Managing Director, Kleiner Perkins
  • Errol Arkilic, PhD, CEO, M34 Capital
  • Todd Esker, JD, MS, Partner, Morgan Lewis
  • Zachary Hill, PhD, Founder/CEO, Soteria Biotherapeutics


Course Content

  • Whether you have an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Factors that make entrepreneurs successful
  • Differences between a corporation and a startup environment
  • How to validate an idea or product as a commercial opportunity
  • Determining your prospective customers 
  • Assessing product/market fit 

and many more interesting topics.

To learn more visit the UCSF dedicated page here