Engineers and scientists around the globe launch high-tech companies to move their ideas to the market. Studies show that the majority of innovative products and services in our economy evolve from entrepreneurial ventures. The Entrepreneurship at Penn Engineering aims to train the founders and leaders of tomorrow’s high-tech ventures by providing knowledge, skills, and opportunities important to the creation and leadership of such startups.

Entrepreneurship at Penn Engineering equips engineering students with an entrepreneurial mindset and practical skills to address real-world challenges through technology. It supports faculty researchers in commercializing innovations. Penn Engineering  Entrepreneurship fosters an environment where graduates can make an impact, whether as entrepreneurs, researchers, or industry leaders.

In addition to a various curricular programs, Entrepreneurship offers a number of learning, creating, and funding opportunities for people interested in creating their own ventures.


The Engineering Entrepreneurship Academic Program is designed specifically for engineers and scientists. Courses are approached from the perspective of the student whose primary interest is in technological innovation, whose primary concentration is on engineering and science courses, and who has little or no prior business education. The curriculum is designed for students whose primary interest is in technology, as opposed to business management. Learn more about the curriculum here.

The Engineering Entrepreneurship Academic Program offers an undergraduate level minor as well as a graduate level certificate. There are two required Engineering Entrepreneurship core courses needed to complete the minor or certificate. Students must complete the first course, EAS 5450, and have an option of completing EAS 5460 or EAS 5490 as the required second course. These courses are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The first course provides an introduction to the early phases of a high-tech venture. It investigates the elements needed to seize an entrepreneurial opportunity and successfully launch a startup or spin-off company. The second courses both investigate the necessary steps for planning a high-tech venture. Students are provided with an opportunity to develop and present a high-tech business plan. Throughout these courses, emphasis is placed on the sequential risks and determinants of success in high-tech entrepreneurial ventures.