Program Overview

The Program

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. By providing knowledge and skills important to the creation and leadership of such startups, the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science aims to train the founders and leaders of tomorrow’s high-tech ventures. The 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 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.

The Students

A student may apply to declare the minor at any time during their undergraduate career, however, a junior or senior level standing is required to take the Engineering Entrepreneurship core courses. This program is designed for students majoring in engineering and applied science. However, it is open to all University students subject to available class space. Non-engineering students should check with their home schools to determine their eligibility.