Engineering Entrepreneurship Summer Institute (E2SI)

Villanova University’s Engineering Entrepreneurship Summer Institute (E2SI) challenges students of all majors to further develop their problem-solving and creative thinking skills while applying fundamental engineering principles.

Launching in summer 2018, this newly-redesigned, accelerated program allows all Villanova students to earn a minor in engineering entrepreneurship through a condensed-yet-intense summer session, rather than take a series of required courses over the traditional three-year period. 

Why Engineering Entrepreneurship?

The E2SI program provides students with a hands-on learning experience in product design and development, prototyping, technology trends, financial management and market analysis. Through this seven-week process, students will enhance their “soft skills” by working effectively in teams and will explore their entrepreneurial side as they see their ideas come to life.

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.
  • Gain a competitive advantage in the job market by earning a minor in engineering entrepreneurship.
Engineering Entrepreneurship Summer Institute
Engineering Entrepreneurship Summer Institute
Engineering Entrepreneurship


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“Engineering Entrepreneurship really helped me see that I can use my education and skills to apply myself in ways that differ from the norm.” -- Tatiana DiSanti ’14 CE

“It was definitely my Entrepreneurship Minor in Engineering that helped me to stand out and create a brand for myself while looking for post-grad employment. The skills to think not only analytically but creatively and with a business sensibility are skills that not every Chemical Engineer has.”
Paige Innamorato ‘16 ChE

“The engineering entrepreneurship minor was great. Not only does it teach you about the necessary steps for starting a profitable business, but it gives you real world skills like public speaking and how to interact and network with business professionals.”
Jason Tavoletti ’16 ChE

“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 ’16 ChE