Requirements

There are four sets of requirements:

  • Courses (intellectual foundation)
  • Workshop (practical skill acquisition)
  • Practicum (learning by doing, with a high bar of excellence)
  • Colloquium (shared social experience)

Requirement 1: Five Courses

  • Two common introductory courses: EGR 200 and EGR 201
  • ​Two core courses: must be chosen from a list, which may be updated each year by the Executive Committee
  • One of the contextual breadth course: to be chosen from a list of suggestions or be proposed by students to the program director

Introductory Courses (two mandatory courses)

 EGR201, Foundations of Entrepreneurship
 EGR200, Introduction to Creativity, Innovation, and Design Thinking (in  AY 2015-16, this course was numbered as EGR 392)

​​​​Two Core Courses (choose two out of the courses listed)

One Breadth Course

Unlike the above list of core courses, the below list of possible breadth courses is illustrative only. Each student may suggest other courses outside of this list, subject to approval by the program director. Students from science or engineering must use a course from the humanities or social science to satisfy the breadth course requirement.

An illustrative list of possible breadth courses:

Requirement 2: One Entrepreneurship Workshop

Workshops (without academic course credits) are offered on practical skills involved in the entrepreneurship process, organized as supplements to credit-bearing courses and  offered currently at the E-Hub. These are short-term one-off or sessional workshops, normally of 3-12 hours in duration, and students will be required to complete at least one of their choice.

Requirement 3: Practicum

A high level of substantial creative and practical experience in entrepreneurship is required outside of classroom learning. The aim of the practicum is to foster the entrepreneurial mindset in certificate students, in all sorts of settings -- from startups, corporate-to-service organizations and not-for-profits, through “learning by doing.”  The suggested model for the practicum encourages students to go through a process of customer research/empathy, hypothesis setting and testing, prototyping and deployment. It is encouraged, but not required, that this process lead to the actual creation of an entrepreneurial enterprise. Expectations of the practicum are as follows:

There are several types of projects that can lead to satisfaction of the practicum requirement. In a nutshell, the practicum requirement can be viewed as a practical activity (eLab, Tiger Challenge, Internship, Startup, etc.) followed by an analysis exercise based on that activity. 

In all cases, the key emphasis is not simply on an activity or program itself, but rather on the subsequent analysis of that real-world setting. This analysis is expected to be rigorous, and based on frameworks such as those experienced in the certificate’s introductory or core courses.  The student will develop a novel hypothesis in the practicum project, and will make recommendations regarding a company, internship, entrepreneurial opportunity or other setting based on these analyses and frameworks. 

  • Existing programs such as the eLab Summer Accelerator or Tiger Challenge, do not satisfy the Practicum requirement in and of themselves.  They may, however, facilitate creating the subsequent analysis framework that satisfies the requirement.
  • An internship (such as PSIP or others) or a startup (whether founder, co-founder, or other roles) or a role in a corporate entrepreneurial project are not sufficient for practicum completion on their own.  They can, however, form the basis of study for an analysis report that satisfies the practicum requirements. 
  • Similarly, a junior paper, senior thesis, or other independent work cannot wholly be considered for the practicum requirement, nor should any chapter of the thesis be submitted verbatim.The practicum requirement can be satisfied through an analysis that follows the guidelines specified here, and is based on the same topic or work foundations as those of the thesis or independent work project.
  • Throughout the process, students should receive the mentorship of either faculty members or entrepreneurial mentors the University has identified. In particular, when the student registers for the certificate program, they will be paired with a certificate program adviser who can field questions about the practicum as their studies progress.
  • The practicum proposal and the "final products" will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the program director. Normally, the committee will consist of the certificate program adviser (as noted above) and one other member of the faculty.Potential end users for this product/service could also be consulted as part of the review process.
  • The final presentation to the committee would not be a traditional investor pitch, but rather a discussion of how the hypothesis was derived and how the practical testing and prototype development and deployment was carried out as well as its analysis based on the framework of the EGR Required/Core courses. The evaluation of the practicum leads to a pass/fail result and would focus primarily on the process of entrepreneurial endeavor.

The required sequence is:

  • April of Junior year: Practicum proposal presented as a poster at the Certificate’s annual Colloquium.
  • April of Senior year: Written analysis presented to evaluation committee no less than 3 weeks before annual Colloquium.
  • April of Senior year: Oral presentation of practicum at annual Colloquium.

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Requirement 4: Colloquium

Students are required to present their practicum, or a combination of their academic work and practicum, at least twice before graduation: in an annual program poster session and in one session of a periodic program colloquium. These social events also serve to foster community and conversation among the certificate students. The mentorship of faculty in certain practicing opportunities and of alumni in others will also help to build a greater sense of interaction across the Princetonian community of people with entrepreneurial interests.

Certificate of Proficiency

A student who fulfills the requirements of the program with satisfactory standing receives a certificate of proficiency in entrepreneurship upon graduation.