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. The ENTR certificate courses are open to any student of any major.
The certificate is earned after completing three, 3-credit courses: "Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation" (ENTR 201), "Creating Your Startup Business Model" (ENTR 301), and "Pitch and Launch Your Startup" (ENTR 302). In the three experiential courses, students form multidisciplinary teams and are charged with developing market-focused and solutions-oriented responses to real-world economic and social problems. A hallmark of many classes in ENTR 201 is a 45-minute interactive discussion with successful entrepreneurs from a variety of industries. In ENTR 301, the teams work with instructors and expert mentors while taking a deep dive into the business modeling and validation process. In ENTR 302, students learn how to market and sell their idea, product, business or nonprofit.
This program gives students the opportunity to develop leadership skills, while also learning what it takes to be an entrepreneur. The certificate consists of three, 3-credit courses: "Advanced Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation" (ENTR 571), "Advanced Startup Business Model" (ENTR 572), and "Advanced Strategies to Pitch and Launch Your Startup" (ENTR 573). In ENTR 571 grad students lead teams to engage in creative problem-solving, and develop and test solutions using an "opportunity discovery canvas" approach. In ENTR 572 grad students oversee a team's cyclical process of trial, feedback and retrial while testing entrepreneurial ideas using a creative "lean canvas" approach to constructing a business model. In ENTR 573, grad students are leaders as the teams develop a sales and marketing roadmap, and prepare formal pitches for potential investors and partners.
Both certificate programs culminate with a formal juried pitch competition, and the student teams have a chance to participate in the annual high-profile pitch competition, Telebrands Inventors Day for Aspiring Entrepreneurs, in May with a $10,000 prize for the winning team of students. Students who complete all three courses will receive a Certificate of Entrepreneurship issued by the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship and Feliciano School of Business.
Students who finish the certificate in the fall semester participate in a smaller pitch competition in December, and then are eligible to participate in the larger Telebrands Inventors Day for Aspiring Entrepreneurs competition the following May. The video below provides a recap of the December 2014 preliminary pitch competition.