Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management Certificate

Learn more about the undergraduate certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI)

Entrepreneurs are creative problem-solvers that are driven to have a big impact on the world. Anyone can be entrepreneurial—whether you want to start the next Facebook, take control of your work-life balance with a lifestyle business, have a positive impact on the world with a social venture, or drive change and innovation in an existing company.

  • Have you ever imagined owning your own company or starting a freelancing or consulting practice?
  • Do you have some passion that you would like to build a professional career around?
  • Do you care deeply about some social issue that you want to work towards fixing?
  • Have you wondered if some technology you have been working with might be worth millions?
  • Would you like to work in a creative, dynamic environment found in entrepreneurial startups?

Interest in entrepreneurship across the university, from students in all departments, is at an all-time high. With greater opportunity and more infrastructure than ever before, many people wonder if owning their own business may be a reasonable and exciting career option. Indeed large numbers of our students are already making a living doing freelancing or consulting. In addition, since startups are the major engine for growth and new jobs in this economy, having experience with entrepreneurship is valuable for any individuals that will work in one of these high-growth firms. Finally, more than one team of students from non-business schools have won significant startup capital in one of our entrepreneurial competitions. Owning your own business may be closer than ever before.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (EIM) courses and programs are designed to be real-world relevant and high impact. Students will get out of the classroom to work on ideas and ventures that they are passionate about as they learn practical approaches to creativity, innovation, idea generation, business models, feasibility analysis, market research, strategic planning, and venture financing. We believe there is no better time than while you are in school to launch your venture and will do everything possible to help you achieve this dream.

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management certificate is an indicator that you are a proactive self-starter who can creatively solve problems and turn ideas into reality. Even if you plan to work in a well-established company, the EIM certificate shows that you are able to go beyond your functional expertise and innovate when it counts. Companies are looking for employees that have specialization in a relevant field, as well as broad understanding of the business environment, that allows them to approach issues from a strategic, outside-the-box, boundary spanning perspective. This is part of what you will learn in EIM certificate program.

In collaboration with the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Fox offers the certificate in Creative Entrepreneurship. Fox students should consider the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (EIM) minor.

John A. McClendon, Chair
Alter Hall 354

Alan B. Kerzner, Director
Temple University Entrepreneurship Academy
Fox School of Business and Management

Department of Management
Alter Hall 333

  • Open to non-business students only. 
  • Business students should consider the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management minor or a dual major instead.
  • Students must complete the following three-course sequence:
    Select 9 credits from the following: 19
    Creativity and Organizational Innovation 2
    Leading and Managing Small Businesses and New Ventures (for non-business students)
    Planning to Start Your Own Business
    Entrepreneurial and Innovative Thinking
    Lean Startup: Fast and Inexpensive Ways to Test and Launch Your Ideas
    Launch a New Venture in 100 Days
    Doing Well by Doing Good: Where Innovation and Entrepreneurship Meet Social Impact
    Pitching and Funding Entrepreneurial Ventures
    Special Topics - Strategic Management 3
    Social Impact Internship - Work with Benefit/B-corps, Non-profits, or Multi-bottom-line Ventures
    New Venture Internship: Learning to be a High-Value Employee, Manager, or Founder
    Independent Study 4
    Skill Building for Social Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement
    The Entrepreneurial Bioengineer
    Entrepreneurial Engineering (Engineering students only)
    The Artist in the Business World
    Horticulture Business Management
    Intrapreneurship in the 21st Century
    The Entrepreneurial Journalist
    Creating a Media Business
    Arts Enterprise
    Entrepreneurship in Science and Technology
    Entrepreneurship in Sport, Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality
    Creative Cottage Industrialist
    Total Credit Hours9
  • Courses cannot be used to meet certificate requirements if already used to meet the requirements for a major or a different minor or certificate.
  • For more information and to declare or rescind this certificate, contact the entrepreneurship advisor in the Center for Undergraduate Advising, Fox School of Business, Speakman 101.

Interested students should discuss with their home college advisors or with personnel in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute (1810 Liacouras Walk, 1st Floor) how the courses in the certificate will fit into their overall degree plan. Students are strongly encouraged to declare the certificate early in their academic career.