Sharpen your innovation and entrepreneurship skills with a unique bundle of interdisciplinary courses.
Who Is This For?
This certificate will be advantageous for students looking to start their own business or join a small company as well as those looking to join a larger corporation and engage in innovative work through “intrapreneurship.” To qualify for the certificate, students must remain in good academic standing at the University of California, Davis, and receive a grade of ‘C’ or higher in each of the courses used for the certificate.
ENG 008 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Students explore the critical topics entrepreneurs need to know to start a successful business. Frameworks and strategies for getting started, including the Business Model Canvas, Design Thinking and the Lean Startup method, will be examined. Students work in teams of students from across the university.
ENG 080 - Launching a Company
This course provides a hands-on overview of technological innovation and product development. Your team will work through the Lean Startup Method, iterating your solution as more information about your customer is identified. The early part of the course focuses on identifying untapped customer needs in order to generate new product ideas. Students get their hands dirty talking to customers, partners, and competitors. A significant amount of class time is dedicated to project work for teams to complete a minimally viable product prototype and complete customer discovery.
Choose 6 additional credits from an approved list of courses in Ethics, Design, Communication, Intellectual Property, Leadership, etc.
Engage in at least one startup experience from the following list:
- UC Davis PLASMA cohort experience
- Tech for Social Good
- Little Bang! Poster Competition
- Big Bang! Business Competition
- IIE Entrepreneurship Academies
- Keller Pathway Fellows
- Center for Leadership Learning - Leadership Development Series Certificate
- Approved research project with a potential for commercialization outside the lab
- Approved internship at a startup company (all EQUIP program internships qualify)