If you go

What: Ideas 2 Action mini-MBA intensive certificate

When: Aug. 17-22

Where: University of Colorado

Cost: $5,000, financial aid available

More info: ideas2action.us

The University of Colorado is piloting a "mini-MBA" program later this summer that business school leaders hope will make it easier for researchers, start-up founders and corporate innovators to learn basic entrepreneurial concepts quickly.

Many people don't have time for a multi-semester MBA program, said Remy Arteaga, director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, but they still want to learn from academics and researchers about starting and growing a new business.

During the course, which is spread out over five, 12-hour days, participants will learn through lectures, mentor sessions, class discussions and market analysis for an idea the participants have developed, Arteaga said.

Participants who complete the one-week intensive business boot camp will receive a certificate from the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, an arm of CU's Leeds School of Business.

Arteaga said he sees the course catering to groups including doctoral candidates and researchers. Many are creating inventions and new technologies through their research and could benefit from learning entrepreneurial basics, he said.

"They have the technology at their fingertips," he said. "We want to be able to make a dent in improving technology commercialization not only here but throughout the country. We're helping them understand the process and also giving them the networks."

Successful start-up founders who acted on instinct alone could also benefit from learning how to speak "the language," Arteaga said, without spending months in an MBA program.

Corporate innovators, or employees who are charged with moving a company forward, could also learn from a class in how to think like an entrepreneur.

"Companies are really struggling these days to figure out how to reinvent themselves and how to innovate," he said. "(The certificate) will resonate with employers if they're at that stage and want this as an additional skill set. Employers like to see somebody that is very entrepreneurial."

Contact Camera Staff Writer Sarah Kuta at 303-473-1106 or kutas@dailycamera.com.