Date

6-2010

Degree Name

BS in Industrial Technology

Department

Industrial Technology

Advisor(s)

Louis Tornatsky

Abstract

Entrepreneurs and successful businesses recognize that innovation is a major driving force behind new businesses, especially within the field of product development. The Industrial Technology (IT) department embraces Cal Poly’s “learn by doing” approach by incorporating laboratory work into the curriculum. The IT labs need to be continually updated and reconfigured, as to be more responsive to the evolving technology of California’s economy. Moreover, there is a unique opportunity for Industrial Technology graduates, especially with the addition of the Entrepreneurship concentration, to use their education and skills to start and grow a business. This senior project evaluates the current status of the Entrepreneurship Ideation Laboratory (completed in 2009), as well as makes changes and improvements to the lab to meet the evolving needs of the Industrial Technology program. After reviewing literature on the topics of ideation, brainstorming, and prototyping, the solution was to create a set of ideation “kits” for the lab and attempt to create an inspiring, creative atmosphere for the students. This report will summarize the research performed as well as explain in detail the project’s solution.

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