Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Capstone Courses

The Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation has developed two capstone course offerings in addition to the Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation study abroad program.


ENTR 48000 (Entrepreneurship Capstone)

This course allows students to work on a business plan and interact with leading entrepreneurs and speakers from various disciplines [Prerequisites: ENTR 20000 and ENTR 31000]. Held in the Burton Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, the course is co-led each semester by a different practicing entrepreneur or venture capitalist each semester along with the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program Director, Nathalie Duval-Couetil.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Provide a conceptual and hands-on understanding of the process required to turn an idea into a viable business venture in the “real world.”
  • Generate multiple business venture ideas and  analyze which best fits the team and the environment for creating the new enterprise.
  • Identify the core components required to develop a business plan including: executive summary, product/service design and development, marketing, financial planning, operations, timelines, critical risks, and assumptions.
  • Determine primary and secondary research resources and methods used in performing the due diligence required for a business plan.
  • Develop financial statements and projections of the quality that can be presented to prospective investors, lenders, and/or other potential entrepreneurial partners.
  • Gain an understanding and practical application of team building and leadership required for venture creation.
  • Network with entrepreneurs and related service providers from a variety of disciplines.
  • Integrate and apply accumulated learning experiences in previous entrepreneurship courses.

Previous instructors include:

  • Scott Jones, Boston Technology, Gracenote, ChaCha
  • Don Aquilano, Blue Chip Venture Company
  • Eric Davis, Kylin Therapeutics, In-vivo Ventures
  • Chad Barden, Quadraspec, In-vivo Ventures
  • Dennis Barket, Griffin Analytical/Icx
  • Chris Beltran and Paroon Chadha, Passageways
  • David Castor, Alerding Castor Hewitt
  • Andy Clark, VP Right on Interactive


ENTR 48000 (Entrepreneurship Capstone - Consulting for Emerging Enterprises)

This special section of ENTR 48000 allows students to work with local businesses and non-profit organizations in a consulting engagement [Prerequisites: ENTR 20000 and ENTR 31000]. Student teams will integrate knowledge and skills from previous coursework and business experience to add value to the partnering organizations through the execution of a semester long consulting project. Coursework will enable students to learn the consulting process and introduce them to consulting as a business. Each semester we will partner with a variety of enterprises, including retail, service, manufacturing, and non-profit. The course is led each semester by a successful practicing consultant and Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation instructor, Kris Taylor.

Previous companies include:

  • Kirby Risk
  • Miracles Fitness
  • YWCA
  • University Spirit


Click here to learn more about SA 10705 (Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation) study abroad program.


Click here to learn more about other capstone courses from the approved course list found at the bottom of the requirements page.

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