Capstone Courses

Providing integrated learning and experiences, students can fulfill the last requirement, capstone course, through our offerings or approved courses across campus designed to culminate their entrepreneurship education.

ENTR 48000 – ENTREPRENEURSHIP CAPSTONE

3 credit hours
Fulfills a capstone course requirement, among several other offerings.
[Prerequisites: ENTR 20000 & ENTR 31000/ENTR 31500]
Overview: ENTR 48000, with a strong focus on professional development, this course helps students discern their career goals to allow them to develop next steps, professional skills and networks, while acquiring advanced knowledge in entrepreneurship. 

DESCRIPTION

ENTR 48000 is capstone course for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. With a strong focus on professional development, this course helps students discern their career goals to allow them to develop next steps, professional skills and networks, while acquiring advanced knowledge in entrepreneurship. This course explores how students can use entrepreneurial talents, skills and interests in a variety of professional venues, including launching a start-up, joining a family business, or working for an established organization with an entrepreneurial culture.

OUTCOMES

During the semester students will develop the knowledge and skills to:

  • Forthcoming

MATERIALS

Required Textbook – none

ENTR 48100 – CONSULTING FOR EMERGING ENTERPRISES

3 credit hours
Fulfills a capstone requirement, among several other offerings
[Prerequisites: ENTR 20000 & ENTR 31000/31500]
Overview: ENTR 48100 teams of students apply many entrepreneurship fundamentals to local businesses or nonprofits through a consulting engagement.

DESCRIPTION

ENTR 48100 is a capstone course for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In this course, teams of students apply many entrepreneurship fundamentals to local businesses or nonprofits through a consulting engagement. During the classroom component of the course, students learn the profession and process of consulting. The field component involves carrying out a business-development consulting project for a client organization. Student teams use a three-stage consulting engagement model that guides them through the process of gathering and analyzing data, and generating value for a client through a set of recommendations. The class culminates in a final report and presentation to the client. Application is required to participate. Contact Rita Baker for more information.

OUTCOMES

During the semester students will develop the knowledge and skills to:

  • Develop consulting skills through a hands on consulting engagement.
  • Develop the capacity to think strategically about a small business in a complex and changing environment.
  • Practice leadership and organization skills by establishing priorities, setting realistic expectations, and completing objectives within a team environment.
  • Effectively apply a basic model to an entrepreneurial enterprise in order to thoroughly analyze the operations of the business and to establish priorities for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of an enterprise and growing the business.
  • Develop skills in working with individual entrepreneurs, establishing positive relationships, building trust, sharing information and experience, educating, learning and solving problems.
  • Create value for a consulting client in terms of tangible deliverables in the form of new methods, processes, systems, products and services that will have a lasting impact on the long-term growth of the business.
  • Network with entrepreneurs and related service providers from a variety of disciplines.
  • Integrate and apply accumulated learning experiences in previous entrepreneurship courses.

MATERIALS

Required Textbooks

Title: Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used
Third edition
ISBN: 9780470620748

Title: The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook
First edition
ISBN: 9781118085646

ENTR 48200 – VENTURE CREATION

3 credit hours
Fulfills a capstone course requirement, among several other offerings.

[Prerequisites: ENTR 20000 & ENTR 31000/31500]
Overview: 
ENTR 48200 teams of students apply the knowledge and skills used in previous entrepreneurship courses to the business planning process required for new venture development.

DESCRIPTION

ENTR 48200 is a capstone course for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In this course, students apply the knowledge and skills used in previous entrepreneurship courses to the business planning process required for new venture development. This involves critiquing business plans and using practical research tools and appropriate analytical approaches to work through components of plans of their own. Throughout the semester, student teams present ideas to both peers and experts from the community who provide feedback and insight into what it takes start a successful business.

OUTCOMES

During the semester students will develop the knowledge and skills to:

  • Develop an innovative and viable business concept and model.
  • Conduct market analysis to identify competitors and industry trends.
  • Identify methods to attract, engage, and secure loyal customers.
  • Identify and evaluate different sources of financing for startups and financial factors of successful businesses.
  • Create and critique business plans.
  • Solicit feedback from and network with successful entrepreneurs and service providers.
  • Deepen students understanding of their entrepreneurial potential.

MATERIALS

Required Textbook – none

ENTR 39699

ENTR 39699 “I0” – INTERNS FOR INDIANA (IFI)

0 credit hour – (on-site) – competitive selection process
Fulfills a capstone course requirement, among several other offerings.
Overview: ENTR 39699 The Interns for Indiana program connects Purdue University students to Indiana startups and technology companies.

DESCRIPTION

ENTR 39699 is a capstone course for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The Interns for Indiana program connects Purdue University students to Indiana startups and technology companies. The program promotes economic development, enhances student success and provides professional opportunities to high-performing students with the goal of keeping them in the state after graduation. Through a mutual selection process, companies are matched with students from a wide variety of academic disciplines who can assist in research, product development, process improvement, marketing, sales and other company needs. Student apply to the program through the Purdue Office of Professional Practice.

OUTCOMES

During the semester students will develop the knowledge and skills to:

  • Gain experience working within a startup and/or technology company; build on-the-job skills; and develop and nurture professional skills and relationships through the experience.
  • Analyze basic performance, interpersonal and ethical issues involved with being an intern and professional.
  • Articulate how your classroom-acquired knowledge applies to real-world situations.
  • Explore critical topics that will assist your transition into a professional environment.
  • Reflect on your professional development goals and needs.

MATERIALS

Required Textbook – contact the Purdue Office of Professional Practice.