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 prototype—no technical knowledge required!
This 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.
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.
“I would recommend this program to anyone and everyone who is curious about how to implement their creativity, learn in a fun environment and learn a variety of important, intangible skills.”— Simon Brooks ’21 ChE
“The most valuable thing that I learned in E2SI was how to approach a problem from every possible angle and make sure that I was finding the best solution. We did endless exercises to help us expand our ways of thinking and really worked on playing off every member of our teams, using every idea.
As a psychology major, I worried that I would not really be able to keep up with the curriculum. However, there was no point where I felt unable to do the work. Of all the classes that I have taken here, this has given me the most applicable lessons for entering the work force after school.”— Isaac Elder ’19, Psychology major
“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 engineer has.” — Paige Innamorato ’16 ChE