Innovation Bootcamp—A Flexible Framework Matching Cohort Needs with Targeted Training for Improved Representation in Entrepreneurial Programs 

Crystal S. Leach and Karen J.L. Burg focus on The University of Georgia’s Innovation Bootcamp, an intensive entrepreneurship training program, which is aimed at increasing the participation of under-represented groups in the existing innovation ecosystem, with the ultimate goal of diversification. The eight-week program follows a flexible, three-pronged approach that includes foundational commercialization training while tailoring skill-building and community-building elements to the specific needs of the target cohort. The program focuses on providing tailored training and support to enhance the participation and success of under-represented groups in existing entrepreneurship programs without aiming to establish an alternative ecosystem.