ENGINEERING ENTREPRENEURSHIP MINOR
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.
A sampling of courses offered for this minor
- Opportunity analysis
- New product ideation and development
- Intellectual property
- Project management
- Basic accounting and finance concepts
- Project funding
- Product launching
- New product marketing
- Risk management
- Team development
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.
“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