Purdue's Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program is designed with flexibility in mind. Participating students must take the equivalent of five, 3-credit courses in the following categories:
- Two required "core" courses (6 credits)
- Two "option" courses (typically 6 credits)
- One "capstone" course or experience (typically 3 credits)
In some cases, students will be permitted to substitute an additional capstone for one of the required option courses. A grade of C or higher is required for certificate-related courses.
Two Required Core Courses
The intent of required core courses is to provide students with fundamental language, knowledge, leadership and communication skills related to entrepreneurship and innovation. The content in these courses answer the questions "what is entrepreneurship" and "how do you do entrepreneurship." Required core courses are offered solely by the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Click here to learn more about ENTR 20000 (Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation) and ENTR 31000, (Marketing & Management for New Ventures).
The intent of option courses is to provide students with discipline or industry/market-specific depth in areas which are relevant to entrepreneurship and/or innovation. The content of ENTR 20000 and ENTR 31000 should be relevant to these courses, and complement or enhance the learning. Option courses are offered by departments across the university as well as the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Options courses should deliver knowledge and skills that accomplish one or more of the following:
- Deepen students’ understanding of areas pertinent to entrepreneurship that will improve their chances of success in creating new business ventures (e.g. leadership, professional selling, new product development, technology strategy).
- Build awareness of opportunities for venture development in specific industries or markets.
- Increase students’ ability to create economic or social value in an entrepreneurial way.
- Allow students to expand the markets in which they will operate (e.g. business language courses, global entrepreneurship programs).
Students can choose option courses from the approved course list found below. Click here to learn more about an option course developed by the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Capstone Course or Experience
The intent of capstone courses or experiences is to provide students with hands-on, real-world entrepreneurial or innovation related experiences, which can include developing business plans for new business ventures, involvement in the product innovation and technology commercialization process, or an approved internship in an early-stage company. Capstone courses and experiential programs are offered by departments across the university as the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Capstone courses or experiences should provide closure and coherence to the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program and include one or more of the following:
- Culminating experiences in which students are expected integrate and apply knowledge from previous ENTR and option courses.
- Launching pads for new products or new business ventures.
- Marketable experiences to prospective employers.
Skills utilized and assessed should include the ability to:
- Work constructively in groups and on teams.
- Understand theories and perspectives of the discipline.
- Identify and assess opportunities.
- Use library and other resources to perform research.
- Evaluate critically what is read and heard.
- Demonstrate high order thinking.
- Make reasoned decisions.
- Communicate persuasively.
Possible capstones include:
- Involvement in launching your own venture through the Entrepreneurship Capstone course (ENTR 48000). [Prerequisites: ENTR 20000 and ENTR 31000]
- Consulting for Emerging Enterprises through the Entrepreneurship Capstone course (ENTR 48000 *special section/instructor approval required). [Prerequisites: ENTR 20000 and ENTR 31000]
- Internships through the Interns for Indiana Program.
- Global Entrepreneurship study-abroad program organized and led by Certificate Program faculty and staff (SA 10705).
Students can choose capstone courses from the approved course list found below. Click here to learn more about capstone courses offered by the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Approved Course List
A list of approved courses is available at the link below. Curriculum is likely to change each semester. Please check here periodically for new additions.
Download Approved Course List
To participate in the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, simply enroll in ENTR 20000 and discuss the certificate with your main Academic Advisor. If you decide to pursue the certificate, you will fill out a completion plan when you're enrolled in ENTR 31000 with assistance from Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Administration.