Villanova University’s unique Engineering Entrepreneurship minor was started with funds from the Kern Family Foundation, whose objective it is to equip engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset that will enable them to contribute to business success.

Open to students in all majors and begins with an exciting course in Creativity and Innovation.  

For specific course requirements, electives and policy,
please view the Villanova University Undergraduate Catalog.


A sampling of courses offered for this minor

  • Opportunity analysis
  • New product ideation and development
  • Intellectual property
  • Project management
  • Prototyping
  • Basic accounting and finance concepts
  • Project funding
  • Product launching
  • New product marketing
  • Risk management
  • Team development
Final presentation of a student team
Student presenting prototype at final presentation

Students work in teams under the guidance of faculty members and experienced entrepreneurs to develop marketable products and services. They also benefit from the Engineering Entrepreneurship Mentor Network, a student-run organization comprised of engineering entrepreneurship program alumni with a focus on providing mentor support for current student teams, conducting networking events, and serving as a touchpoint for graduates.


Offered in fall semester only

Offered in spring semester only

Offered in fall semester only, prerequisite EGEN 2200

Offered in spring semester only, prerequisite EGEN 3100

Offered in fall semester only, prerequisite EGEN 3200

Electives by College

One elective course from the list below.

Medical Technologies Commercialization – beginning Spring 2021

Department of Chemical Engineering
CHE 2900 - Global Pharmaceutical Industry
CHE 5715 - Alternative Energy

Department of Civil Engineering
CEE 3705 - Engineering Economics
CEE 4606 - Capstone Design 2

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
ECE 5480 - Android Mobile Dev Programming
ECE 5850 - Renewable Energy Systems
ECE 4970 - Design Project EE
ECE 4971 - Design Project CPE

Department of Mechanical Engineering
ME 5130 - Intro to Sustainable Energy
ME 5600 - Engineering Economics
ME 5005 - Capstone Design I and ME 5006 - Capstone Design II (must take both courses)

VSB 3500 – AI & Machine Learning for Business
MIS 3070 – Emerging Business Technologies
MKT 2240 – Marketing Analysis

CSC 4800 - Web Application Development
CSC 4810 - Mobile App Development

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“In the job market, everyone wants to see your attitude, that you are ready to accept challenges. That is hugely related to our entrepreneurship classes.”

Abigail Buckenheimer, Mechanical Engineering



“The minor is the reason I landed my job at Microsoft when I graduated.”

Daniel Lorenzetti, Computer Engineering



“The engineering entrepreneurship minor is amazing.  What I thought was just going to be a series of lectures on starting a business turned into a series of the most rewarding classes I have taken at Villanova.  I had the opportunity to take an idea from a mere dream to completion, culminating in presenting with my team to a group of investors as a part of the Villanova Student Entrepreneurship Competition.”

Nicholas Fonzo, Chemical Engineering