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Valuable Leadership Experiences

Developing the Next Generation of Technology Leaders

Technical experts are trained to solve technical problems; Innovation leaders collaborate across disciplines to translate technical ideas into customer solutions that generate economic and social value. TLI offers opportunities for undergraduate science and engineering students at the University of Minnesota to jumpstart their careers, and distinguish themselves as technology and innovation leaders. 


TLI’s project-based undergraduate experiences help STEM students supplement their technical expertise with the mindset, tool set, skill set and network required to become successful innovation leaders.

MOT 4001: Leadership, Professionalism and Business Basics for Engineers

MOT 4001 is designed to provide scientists and engineers with a working knowledge of the broader business context of technology. The course content and the experiential learning approach reflect the real-world requirements and challenges technical professionals need to master in order to thrive in collaborative, project team environments. Similar to the MOT graduate program, this two-credit course will broaden students' personal leadership abilities, enabling technical professionals to increase their business impact and career success.

I interviewed for an internship with GE this summer, and there were a couple questions I nailed because of what I learned in MOT 4001. The engineers seemed impressed, and I got the job!    

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Visit the University’s Undergraduate Catalog or MyU portal for course availability and to register.


TLI co-leads Minnesota Innovation Corps (MIN-Corps), the University of Minnesota site for Innovation Corpsin collaboration with the University of Minnesota Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship and the Office for Technology Commercialization. MIN-Corps is funded by the National Science Foundation and focuses on expanding scientists' skill set out of the laboratory to translate their discoveries into the commercial world.

STARTUP: Customer Development & Testing Application

If you have an innovation idea and want to explore its commercial potential, the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship and the Technological Leadership Institute co-teach a two-credit STARTUP course (MGMT 4100/6100) as part of MIN-Corps. This 14-week hands-on learning experience gets students out of the classroom to investigate the market and potential business model for their ideas while getting coaching from experienced industry mentors and faculty advisors.

Visit the MIN-Corps website for information on how to apply. 

University Innovation Fellows


As a participant in the national University Innovation Fellows (UIF) program, TLI sponsors several high potential STEM underclassmen each year as national innovation fellows. The goal of the UIF program is to inspire and empower student innovation and entrepreneurship on campuses across the country. Students acquire knowledge of tools and frameworks that develop their entrepreneurial mindset and creative confidence. After completing the initial learning phase, students become Fellows who lead the creation of new applied learning opportunities for their peers that inspire students to seize opportunities, define problems and address global challenges. In Fall 2015, the University of Minnesota Fellows designed and hosted “10,000 Makes,” a first-of-its kind hardware makeathon to promote campus engagement.

Contact Us

To learn more about Technological Leadership Institute’s undergraduate experiences please contact tli@umn.edu.

STARTUP Success Story

Shawn Wilhelm is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering whose research resulted in the design of a high-efficiency hydraulics technology. He completed the STARTUP course, discovered the commercial potential of his patent, and received grants to build his first physical prototype.