About Us

A ground-breaking leader in entrepreneurship education since 2005, we serve over 2,000 students every semester.


Launched in 2005, Purdue’s Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is one of the largest, multidisciplinary entrepreneurship programs in the country. Annually, hundreds of Purdue graduates receive their certificates in addition to their diplomas. The program is administered through Purdue’s Office of the Provost and is governed by a Advisory Committee consisting of highly respected faculty and administrators from every college on campus.


The Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation was conceived prior to the Kauffman Campus Initiative, and was one of the fully, cross-campus initiatives able to scale without external support. In addition to the distinguished program features showcased below, the program’s hallmark features also include operating one of the longest-running Entrepreneurship Living & Learning Community, started in 2004; flexibility – involving students from all majors due a modular format that aligns with most academic programs; strong emphasis on diversity – demonstrating by a gender & leadership course offered by the program since 2008; and unique “track” and experiential options tailored to meet different student and career interests. Read about the program’s recent awards too!

Recent Awards

WALC student study


The Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program empowers students to turn their innovative ideas into action. In this flexible program designed to complement any major, students will:
— Learn how to evaluate and launch new venture opportunities
— Develop viable business models through market research and financial analyses
— Acquire the business literacy and professional skills demanded by today’s employers

Purdue Students at Commencement Walking in Cap and Gown


Upon completion, students receive an official certificate, which is noted on their academic transcript. Other benefits include:
— A unique and multidisciplinary experience
Professional skills for work and life
— Enhanced job prospects and choices
— Connections to successful entrepreneurs and innovators
— Workshops, speakers, and experiential opportunities
— Leadership and communication skills


New students enroll in our 1st intro ENTR course each semester


ENTR students supported each year


Majors represented in the ENTR Program


Approved courses throughout campus leveraged in the program


ENTR designated credit hours delivered each year


Average graduating grade point average for ENTR graduates on a 4.0 scale


Graduates report the skills & knowledge acquired will be useful to their careers


Students have participated in the program to date