The Entrepreneurship Certificate

Want to highlight to employers that you have real-world skills to succeed in any career? The Entrepreneurship Certificate, comprised of three highly interactive and experiential three-credit courses, may be for you.

 

Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation (ENTR 201 undergrads; ENTR 571 grad students)

The first course, "Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation," (ENTR 201) kicks off with a three-class “creativity boot camp.” Students will be asked to create something from disparate objects, which in past classes included tarps, sunglasses, a jump rope, cardboard, balloons, a foam finger and, of course, duct tape. For the rest of the semester, students will form multidisciplinary teams based on common interests. During this experientialphase, the teams will be charged with developing market-focused and solutions-oriented responses to real-world economic and social problems. The teams will work with instructors and expert mentors. Finally, a hallmark of each class is a 45-minute interactive discussion with successful entrepreneurs from a variety of industries. Only pre-requisite is freshman English; class is open to any student of any major.

Creating Your Startup Business Model (ENTR 301 undergrads; ENTR 572 grad students)

In the second course, "Creating Your Startup Business Model," (ENTR 301) students take a deep dive into the business modeling and validation process. Students will be paired with expert mentors who will assist them in identifying the technology, business model or other resources they need while on campus – e.g., access to labs, equipment, 3-D printers, finance and accounting advice, etc., or if necessary, help them locate those resources externally. Teams formed in the first course may remain together, students may solicit interest from fellow classmates in working on new projects or the instructor may suggest possible groupings. Teams may continue to develop the idea they worked on in the first course or move forward with a brand-new idea. Pre-requisite: ENTR 201 Co-requisite: ENTR 302. For grad students, the pre-requisite is ENTR 571 and co-requisite is ENTR 573.

Preparing to Pitch and Launch Your Startup (ENTR 302 undergrads; ENTR 573 grad students)

The third course, "Preparing to Pitch and Launch Your Startup," (ENTR 302) focuses on how students can sell their idea, product, business or nonprofit. The course culminates with a high-profile pitch competition, Telebrands Inventors Day for Aspiring Entrepreneurs, with a $10,000 prize for the winning team of students. Pre-requisite: ENTR 201 Co-requisite: ENTR 301. For grad students, the pre-requisite is ENTR 571 and co-requisite is ENTR 572.

Students who complete all three courses will receive a Certificate issued by the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship.