Engineering Entrepreneurship Summer Institute (E2SI)

E2SI 2023
will be online!


7 Weeks • 16 Credits • One Minor

Open to all majors, not just engineers or technologists, Villanova University’s Engineering Entrepreneurship Summer Institute (E2SI) challenges students to further develop their problem-solving and creative thinking skills while applying fundamental engineering principles. You’ll learn how to take your idea from paper to venture pitch—no technical knowledge required!

Why Engineering Entrepreneurship?

The need for entrepreneurial skills is much broader than the focus on starting on a new enterprise. Employers value self-starters who take initiative, show persistence and demonstrate leadership. These entrepreneurial competencies are invaluable in any career and differentiate students from the competition.

Program Benefits

  • Gain practical, hands-on experience in many entrepreneurial activities.
  • Develop and implement solutions necessary to transform ideas into action.
  • Identify and manage risks through analysis, problem solving, creativity and flexibility.
  • Develop leadership, business and management skills to run and strengthen any enterprise.
  • Understand the principles of existing and emerging technologies and how they apply globally.
  • Submit a patent application on your idea.
  • Upon completion of E2SI, submit an application to the Launch Pad.
  • Gain a competitive advantage in the job market.


Program Details

Tuition: $11,300—includes all courses and textbooks

Acceptance Deposit: $500—due within two weeks of receiving an offer of admission. The deposit is refundable, and will be applied toward tuition.

General Fee: TBA—this is a University fee for the summer semester

Financial Aid: Regular financial aid is not available for E2SI, however all students will be considered for funding support (based on financial need) through the E2SI program.  

Questions concerning additional grants and loans should be addressed to the Office of Financial Assistance. E2SI is not eligible for tuition remission.

Application deadline: April 21, 2023

Virtual Program dates: May 22 - July 12, 2023.
Virtual class dates held Monday through Friday, from 9AM - 5PM with an hour break at noon for lunch.

Holidays Observed: May 29th, June 19th, and July 4th

EGEN 2100: Creativity and Innovation: (1 credit) An introduction to various methods, practices, and tools that can be effectively used to develop creative solutions to problems.

EGEN 2150: Introduction to Entrepreneurial Technologies: (3 credits)  Students will gain a working understanding of technologies of interest to entrepreneurs.

EGEN 2200: Opportunity Identification and Business Principles: (3 credits) Foundation course for moving an idea from concept to reality.

EGEN 3100: Feasibility Analysis for Entrepreneurs: (3 credits) Learn and apply techniques to prove or disprove the technical and business feasibility of product and service concepts.

EGEN 3200: Product and Service Prototyping: (3 credits) Focused on the design and construction of a proof-of-principle prototype which demonstrates a product or service. 

EGEN 4100: Market, Finance, and Venture Plan (3 credits) Students will experience the detailed steps in designing and commercializing a product. 

The curriculum in E2SI has been designed to create a unified, immersive experience for cohorts of students, so the program must be completed in a single summer (courses cannot be taken individually). Classes take place online.

E2SI is open to any current Villanova student in good standing.

A complete application to E2SI will include:

  • A short, informal essay (500 words max) telling us a little about yourself, and why you think E2SI would be an important addition to your academic program.  You should save your essay as a PDF and upload it along with your completed application.
  • Your unofficial transcript.
  • Submit the online application and upload your essay and unofficial transcript.

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