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Graduate Certificates

Regardless if you have just graduated with an undergraduate degree or if you are farther along in your career and looking to progress your entrepreneurial mindset and skill set, certificates from the Charles D. Close School can help set you up for success.

The Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship offers Graduate Certificates in five areas: Corporate Entrepreneurship, New Venture Creation, Foundations of Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship.

Certificate in Corporate Entrepreneurship

The Corporate Entrepreneurship certificate program focuses on the practice and application of entrepreneurial skills within corporations. The program introduces the student to the role of a corporate entrepreneur as change agent. Corporate entrepreneurs 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 program is designed for professionals who are interested in starting their own ventures, working for start-up companies, or preparing for self-employment. The program introduces concepts of new venture leadership and 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 program focuses on building the entrepreneurial mindset and developing the individual as entrepreneur. The program introduces a range of foundational tools used by successful entrepreneurs in pursuit of opportunity, beginning with the individual as the cornerstone of enterprise, be it a proprietorship or growing a company.

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Foundations of Entrepreneurship II

The Foundations of Entrepreneurship II certificate program focuses on the practice and application of entrepreneurial skills. The program introduces a range of foundational tools used by successful entrepreneurs in pursuit of opportunity, such as using failure as a tool for future success, personal branding, and practicing ideation and design thinking methodologies to generate novel and executable ideas.

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Social Entrepreneurship

The Social Entrepreneurship certificate program is designed for professionals who are interested in tackling critical social problems within their communities or around the world through building sustainable business models. The program focuses on defining the scope of social of problems and developing unique business models and social-impact measurements to create positive social change.

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