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Graduate Certificates

Do you have the desire to start your own business, innovate within your company, transform your corporate team, or influence social change? Our graduate online certificates help build your entrepreneurial mindset and skillset while providing the tools you need to get started on your path for success. 

The Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship offers graduate certificates in five areas:

Certificate in Corporate Entrepreneurship

The Corporate Entrepreneurship certificate prepares you to be a change agent for your business, and focuses on the practice and application of entrepreneurial skills within companies. You will learn to develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders, apply innovation strategies in corporate settings, and initiate and lead organizational development and change.

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Certificate in New Venture Creation

The New Venture Creation certificate prepares you for independence in your career. The curriculum focuses on the start-up skills you need to know, such as new venture leadership, building a successful start-up team, assessing funding needs and opportunities, and using the Lean Launch methodology.

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Foundations of Entrepreneurship I

The Foundations of Entrepreneurship I certificate focuses on building your entrepreneurial mindset and skillset. The certificate introduces the primary building blocks to get your new venture started, including pitching ideas and ļ¬nding success after launching your business.

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Foundations of Entrepreneurship II

The Foundations of Entrepreneurship II certificate focuses on the practice and application of entrepreneurial skills. The certificate provides in-depth coursework covering building and sustaining the practical leadership skills and tools required for an entrepreneur--either in building new ventures or innovating in an established company. Courses cover topics such as failure as a tool for future success, ideation, and design-thinking methodologies.

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Social Entrepreneurship

The Social Entrepreneurship certificate prepares you to tackle the critical social issues impacting the world today. This certificate teaches you to create positive, lasting social change through sustainable business models. The courses in this curriculum take the core tenants of entrepreneurship and show you how to best apply them in making the world a better place.

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