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Engineers play a central role in the innovative processes that result in corporate entrepreneurship and the commercialization of new technologies. Many engineers with innovative new ideas become entrepreneurs and launch their own business(es). Whether you have your sights set on inventing and developing new technologies/products/processes for an established corporation, working as an engineering consultant, or starting your own company, adding entrepreneurship coursework to your engineering degree is invaluable.

Engineers that develop a meaningful understanding of the functions of business and how these functions work together, find greater job satisfaction, are more successful in advocating and implementing their ideas in the business,  and advance more quickly to managerial positions. Top companies and job recruiters seek after such candidates for their cross-functional understanding of business.

Entrepreneurship courses at UC are specifically designed to help engineering students efficiently develop this important cross-functional understanding as well as managerial decision-making skills.  


Skills
By studying entrepreneurship, you will be able to develop important skills and experience:

a. Designing business plans that incorporate all business functions (e.g., accounting, finance, human resources, information systems, law, marketing, operations, research and development, sales, and supply chain)
b. Launching a revenue-generating small business in a classroom environment
c. Estimating customer demand and the market potential for your products/services
d. Forecasting revenues, expenses, and cashflows
e. Assessing the health of companies, business opportunities, and industries
f. Managing relationships and consulting to real world clients/customers

By entering your career with these business skills in hand, you will be equipped to assess the business health of prospective employers enabling you to make wise career decisions. You will have the skills necessary to launch a side business to earn extra income and add variety to your career. You will be prepared to successfully plan and run your own engineering or technology company. You will also be better prepared to serve entrepreneurs and the needs of their small/medium sized businesses. As 90-95% of businesses are small/medium sized and these businesses create nearly 70% of new jobs each year in the USA, there is significant demand for professionals that understand both engineering and entrepreneurship/corporate entrepreneurship.


Student Recommendations

Engineering students that have studied with entrepreneurship faculty consistently report above average classroom experiences that are relevant to their careers.

"As an engineer that studied entrepreneurship, I put into practice daily key skills I learned: Creating and presenting concise information relevant to my product, acquiring the voice of the customer, and making engineering decisions which are best for the business and target market.”

Will A., Boston Scientific

"Thinking like an entrepreneur has enabled me to drive change in the corporate world by approaching problems differently and leading the design and launching of a co-branded product line within my first year.”

Scott L., P&G

“My interactions with entrepreneurship faculty at UC helped me to develop necessary business skills and learn valuable lessons.”

Chris B., Ethicon

“Studying new business planning in the entrpreneurship program at UC has provided me with knowledge, opportunities, and skills that, as an engineering student, I would not have received otherwise.”

Jason V., Texas Instruments

Student Videos
Engineering students and alumni that have studied entrepreneurship have been successful in competing in business plan competitions and in launching new ventures of their own. Here are some examples captured in video.

Daniel Kellogg, Co-founder, Crystal Venture Funds

Chris Direnzi, Co-founder, Capacity Energy Solutions

Rod Ghavami, Andrew Nguyen, Stephen Sargent, Jason Van Vliet, Power Genie

 

Click here to apply to the entrepreneurship minor.

Click here to learn more about Undergraduate Certificate Program: Innovation Transformation - Concept, Commercialization & Entrepreneurship.

Click here to learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship.

Click here to learn more about the MBA ACCEND Program, through which you can earn your undergraduate degree in engineering as well as a graduate degree in business (MBA) simultaneously.

Address questions to Professor Thomas Dalziel ("Dr. D"), a career advisor in Career Services, or an academic program advisor in the Undergraduate Programs Office, or Graduate Programs office as needed. We're here to help you!