Launch your career as an entrepreneur or investor. Explore the world of entrepreneurship. Practice building something new.
The Certificate in Entrepreneurship will launch your career as an entrepreneur. Whether you ultimately decide to pursue your venture or apply your entrepreneurial skills and mindset as an employee, the practices and experiences of the entrepreneur will prepare you for success.
The purpose of the Certificate in Entrepreneurship is to support students seeking the training, education, and practical experience necessary to succeed as business founders, with particular (but not exclusive) focus given to connecting undergraduate students with campus technological expertise.
The Certificate in Entrepreneurship is explicitly targeted at undergraduate students interested in learning how to start a company immediately. Most importantly, this Certificate will focus on the hands-on application of lessons learned. Undergraduate students will be required to focus on building products and companies. Courses have been deliberately designed and selected to move undergraduate students beyond theoretical reasoning and into the practical experience of building, tinkering, experimenting, and rebuilding.
The Certificate in Entrepreneurship’s core courses will ground you in the foundations of entrepreneurship theory and practice. By the time you have completed the core course sequence, you will have launched a startup of your own.
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.
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.
Entrepreneurship is experiential. Gain practical experience with startups. Work for a startup. Further develop your startup.
In line with the goal of “building, tinkering, experimenting, and rebuilding”, students are also expected to complete a practical experience focused on building their own venture. Students may complete this requirement by doing any of the following:
The Certificate in Entrepreneurship acknowledges that founders’ paths are varied. You will supplement the core curriculum by developing additional relevant skills and knowledge.
In addition to the core courses, students must choose six (6) additional elective credits focused on the topics of Technology, Ethics, Design, Communication, Intellectual Property, and/or Leadership. Three (3) of these credits MUST come from upper-division coursework.
The below list of pre-approved electives is recommended, but not all-inclusive. Students may petition for inclusion of other relevant courses.
This 1-credit class provides the opportunity to hear from and network with highly successful entrepreneurs.