Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate

About

The undergraduate certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) is designed to provide students with a pathway to pursue a rigorous cross-disciplinary study of innovation and entrepreneurship that will be complementary to any major and will enable students to be innovative and entrepreneurial in their of pursuit of knowledge in service of society. The certificate requires an in-depth course of study examining the theories of innovation and entrepreneurship, coupled with hands-on practice in both areas. Innovation and entrepreneurship are, by their very nature, areas of cross-disciplinary inquiry, so the certificate will draw on theory, contexts, and methods from across the disciplines. The certificate builds on the already-existing emphasis of knowledge in service of society that is taking place within the students’ majors and co-curricular activities, to further enhance students’ abilities to explore the complex problems being faced by our world and to develop innovative methods to address those problems.

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Goals

The overarching goals for the I&E certificate are: (1) that all students participating in the certificate program will recognize the vital importance of using all they have learned across the disciplines to turn ideas into actions in whatever vocation they pursue, and (2) that they will embody the skills to do so.

Cultivating such an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit will involve students continuing to develop the following capacities:

  • Creativity, nurtured through disciplined mastery as well as exposure to diverse modes of research, inquiry, and experimentation;
  • Technical Competencies, learned by engaging the relevant topics/fields as well as learning through courses and experiences those skills that are critical to success in innovation and entrepreneurship;
  • Courage and Resilience, encouraged through courses that focus on experimentation and through experiential learning;
  • Reflection, developed through careful analysis (and learning the tools for such analysis) both inside and outside of class, through co-curricular spaces to engage mentors and colleagues in engaging major issues facing the world, and through structures and opportunities for introspection about one’s own gifts as well as blind-spots; and
  • Collaboration, fostered by opportunities to work in teams and to reflect on the diverse communication and leadership challenges that teamwork involves.

Learning Objectives

The learning outcomes include development of the key capacities outlined in the goals section, along with the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Identify need(s), particularly one(s) tied to large, complex problems
  • Generate multiple ideas (innovations) to address the need(s) identified
  • Assess the validity (under realistic constraints) of the innovation(s) generated
  • Create and execute a research project, artistic endeavor, social entrepreneurship program, or business plan tied to a specific innovation
  • Acquire necessary resources to initiate a project, program, or venture to pursue an innovation
  • Create the needed financing for an innovation project or venture and manage finances in order to successfully sustain a project or venture
  • Lead, manage, and work effectively within a team
  • Commercialize or otherwise generate income from an innovation
  • Communicate effectively, particularly innovative ideas, verbally and in writing
  • Create a positive and ethical culture in which to pursue innovation and entrepreneurial ideas
  • Develop courage and resilience, along with an understanding of the value/learning which comes from failure
  • Evaluate success in creating a project, program, or venture

Overview & Requirements

To earn the certificate, students must successfully complete the following requirements:

  1. Four courses:
    1. Gateway—foundations of innovation, ideation, and design
    2. Keystone—fundamentals of developing a strategy to launch a venture
    3. Elective —further exploration in innovation and/or entrepreneurship
    4. Capstone—focus on turning ideas into action through a capstone project
  2. Two immersive co-curricular experiences tied to innovation and entrepreneurship, in which students gain real-world application of knowledge and invaluable hands-on learning. One of the experiences must exceed 300 hours; the other must exceed 150 hours. Examples of different types of experiences include, but are not limited to, innovative and entrepreneurial internships, research, civic engagement initiatives, independent projects, or work developing an independent venture.
  3. Creation of a public facing e-portfolio, which provides students with a platform to creatively capture artifacts from their work and experiences throughout the certificate. This is meant to deepen their reflection of their participation in the program and provide a tangible accounting of students’ learning.

Program Summary

Courses

All students in the certificate program must complete the keystone and capstone courses. Students select each from a set of gateway and elective courses.

The recommended sequence of courses is 1) gateway 2) keystone 3) elective 4) capstone. The gateway must be taken prior to enrolling in the elective. Students must complete the gateway, keystone, elective, and two experiences prior to enrolling in the capstone.

No more than one course and one experience that is used to satisfy the requirements of any major, minor, or other certificate program may count towards the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate.

Listed below are the courses in the I&E Certificate curriculum. Unless cross-listed with I&E, the course numbers refer to the listing of the owning department, but all cross-listings for each respective course equally qualify to count towards the requirements.

Gateway Course (CHOOSE ONE)*
*Students may substitute a second gateway course for the elective requirement.
  • EGR 121L Engineering Innovation
  • I&E 217SA The Economics of Art—The Chicago Scene (Duke in Chicago)
  • I&E 242S Multimedia Documentary
  • I&E 261 Social Innovation
  • I&E 271A Building & Sustaining a Successful Enterprise (Duke in Silicon Valley)
  • I&E 281 Basics of Technology Commercialization
  • I&E 295S Arts Entrepreneurship
Keystone Course (REQUIRED)
  • I&E 352 Strategies for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Elective Course (CHOOSE ONE)** ***
**The elective set is periodically reviewed and updated. 
***
Please note that special topics courses (course numbers typically ending in 90) change frequently in title and content. In order to ensure that a special topics elective choice meets the certificate requirement, students must clear their selection with the I&E Certificate staff.
  • AMI 301S Moving Image Practice
  • AMI 320S Film Animation Production
  • AMI 357S Editing for Film and Video
  • ARTSVIS 198 Experimental Interface Design
  • ARTSVIS 206 Digital Imaging
  • ARTSVIS 223 Graphic Design in Multimedia: Theory & Practice
  • ARTSVIS 281S Graphic Design in Motion
  • BME 290L Technology with Women’s Health
  • BME 490 Biochemical Engineering Design
  • BME 590 Biomedical Device Innovation
  • BME 590 Metabolic Networks and Design
  • COMPSCI 290 Crowdsourcing Societal Tradeoffs
  • DANCE 207S Performance & Social Change
  • DANCE 306S Dance for the Camera
  • DANCE 308 Performance & Technology
  • DOCST 206S Medicine and Documentary Photography
  • DOCST 224S Literacy Through Photography
  • DOCST 271S Video for Social Change
  • DOCST 272S Documentary and Policy
  • DOCST 310S The Short Audio Documentary
  • EGR 121L Engineering Innovation
  • ENVIRON 590 Innovation & Entrepreneurship for Conservation and Development
  • ETHICS 250S Governance and Healthcare Innovation
  • FINANCE 898 Innovation & Cryptoventures
  • HISTORY 248S The Romance Novel
  • I&E 217SA The Economics of Art—The Chicago Scene (Duke in Chicago)
  • I&E 242S Multimedia Documentary
  • I&E 250 Building Global Audiences
  • I&E 261 Social Innovation
  • I&E 271A Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise (Duke in Silicon Valley)
  • I&E 281 Basics of Technology Commercialization
  • I&E 290 Learning to Fail
  • I&E 290 Open Knowledge & Education Innovation
  • I&E 290 Social Marketing for Entrepreneurs
  • I&E 295S Arts Entrepreneurship
  • I&E 373 Intellectual Property Law: Law, Policy, and Practice
  • I&E 447 Philosophy of Entrepreneurship
  • I&E 550 Innovation, Disruption, and Cryptoventures
  • ISIS 240L Fundamentals of Web-based Communications
  • MMS 305 The Generative Way
  • MMS 360 Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Finance
  • MMS 425 Intellectual Property & Innovation
  • MUSIC 162S Introduction to Musical Composition: Explorations in Musical Time and Space
  • MUSIC 273 Electronic Music
  • MUSIC 390 Music and Social Entrepreneurship
  • PHY 566 Computational Physics
  • PJMS 378 The Future of News
  • PUBPOL 265 Enterprising Leadership
  • PUBPOL 267 Leading as a Social Entrepreneur
  • PUBPOL 271S Social Entrepreneurship in Action
  • PUBPOL 642S Designing Innovation for Global Health: From Philanthropy to People
  • SOC 359 Sociology of Entrepreneurship
  • THEATRST 145S Acting
Capstone Course (REQUIRED)
  • I&E 499 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Capstone

For a full history of courses in the I&E Certificate curriculum, click here.

Experiences

In order to gain real-world application of knowledge and invaluable hands-on learning, students will complete two learning experiences tied to innovation and entrepreneurship. One of the experiences must exceed 300 hours; the other must exceed 150 hours.

Examples of different types of experiences include, but are not limited to, innovative and entrepreneurial internships, research, civic engagement initiatives, independent projects, or work developing an independent venture.

Students must identify and propose each learning experience they plan to undertake. Students will be informed of this approval process upon admission to the program. All proposed experiences will be thoroughly reviewed for their relation to innovation and entrepreneurship, quality, and fit given the student’s stated objectives for completing the certificate.

Students may choose to complete the experiences at any time, as long as the experiences meet the minimum hour requirements and are both completed prior to taking the capstone.

For each experience, students must seek out a mentor who will supervise the work or provide external expertise and guidance.

Information Sessions

Check back later for information sessions to be held in Fall 2016.

Application Process

APPLY HERE: https://www.dukeonline.duke.edu/cert2/  (requires NetID and password)
Eligibility
  • Seniors are not eligible to apply (no exceptions)
  • Juniors must apply no later than the end of the add/drop period during the Fall semester (no exceptions)
  • Sophomores are eligible to apply anytime
  • First-Years are eligible to apply at the start of their second semester
2016-2017 Academic Year Deadlines
Deadlines 16-17
Application Components
  • Identification of the four courses and two experiences, with selection logic and rationale
  • Essays outlining the objectives for completing the certificate and the problem/area of focus to be explored
  • List and description of co-curricular, extra-curricular, and employment experience

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

Answer

The I&E Certificate is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled at Duke University and is earned upon graduation in conjunction with their major degree. Second-semester first-years, sophomores, and first-semester juniors are eligible to apply. Students may apply as early as the spring semester of their freshman year. The deadline to apply is the end of the drop/add period in the fall semester of a student’s junior year.


When are the application deadlines?

Answer

The application deadlines correspond to key dates on the Duke academic calendar, as detailed below:
• Round 1: Date on which Drop/Add for Fall ends (September)
• Round 2: Date on which registration for Spring begins (November)
• Round 3: Date on which registration for Summer begins (February)
• Round 4: Date on which registration for Fall begins (April)


When should I apply?

Answer

You are encouraged to apply as soon as you are eligible and feel ready to complete the application. The benefits of applying earlier are that you will have a longer period of time over which to complete the requirements and you will have earlier access to the advising and enrichment opportunities that accompany the program.


Is there a limit to the number of students you admit to the program?

Answer

There is no limit to the number of students we will admit to the program. The I&E Certificate is available to all eligible Duke undergraduates who, through their application, demonstrate a good fit with the program and can put together a cohesive and thoughtful pathway through the requirements. If there is any concern about a student’s application, the student will be counseled to determine if the I&E Certificate is the right fit for their Duke experience.


May I still take courses for the I&E Certificate if I am not part of the program?

Answer

The Capstone course is restricted to students in the I&E Certificate program only. Certificate students are given priority enrollment in the Keystone, but spots may be opened for seniors who are not pursuing the certificate if space allows. The Gateways and Electives are open to all Duke undergraduates (and in some cases, graduate students as well), but make sure to check the individual course listings to determine if any of them have specific restrictions or pre-requisites.


What other resources or opportunities are open to me as part of the program?

Answer

As a member of the I&E Certificate program, you will become part of a community of Duke students dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship. Certificate students will also have individual advising as well as special access to workshops, speakers, mentorship, and networking opportunities.


What if I don’t yet know what I want my area of focus to be?

Answer

You should apply to the certificate with a clear set of your goals for the program as well as a general interest area that you want to focus on (i.e. technology, energy, social innovation, etc.) through your courses and experiences. However, we understand that your plan may evolve as you progress through your undergraduate career and accumulate more experience.


Do I need to know what my specific experiences will be when I apply?

Answer

You do not need to know what your specific experiences will be at the time you apply to the I&E Certificate. However, you should be able to broadly identify the type of experiences you want to undertake as part of the certificate, and justify why they are a good fit for your overall pathway through the program.


May I change my plan for my courses and experiences after I am accepted into the program?

Answer

You may change the selection and timing of your courses and experiences after you are accepted into the program. We understand that your plan may evolve as you progress through your undergraduate career and accumulate more experience. Regardless, the courses and experiences you end up completing must together form a cohesive pathway and coherent story.


Does my Gateway count if I took it prior to applying?

Answer

Yes. If you complete one of the approved Gateway courses, it will count towards your certificate requirements, regardless of when it was taken.


I have already taken one of the electives prior to applying. Will it count towards my certificate requirements?

Answer

The recommended sequence of courses is 1) Gateway, 2) Keystone, 3) Elective, 4) Capstone. Because the e-portfolio is intended to capture your courses and experiences in real time and be a vehicle for reflection as you progress through the certificate, your Elective will be better maximized if you are part of the program when taking it. However, if you believe your case warrants an exception, please click the “petition a non-approved elective” option on your application to provide a justification.


I have found an elective I want to take for the certificate that is not on the approved list. Will it count towards the certificate?

Answer

Applicant: When filling out your elective choices on your application, click the “petition a non-approved elective option.” In the text box, provide the elective’s course title, description, syllabus (if available), and rationale for why you believe this course fits your pathway and should count for the certificate. When your admissions decision is communicated to you, you will be notified about whether or not this petition was approved.

Admitted Student: Send an email to certificate-entrepreneurship@duke.edu and provide the elective’s course title, description, syllabus (if available), and rationale for why you believe this course fits your pathway and should count for the certificate. The petition will be reviewed and you will be notified by email about whether or not it was approved.


I have already completed a relevant experience prior to applying. Will it count towards my certificate requirements?

Answer

The experiences should occur within the context of the undergraduate career and be aligned with your area of focus. Because the e-portfolio is intended to capture your experiences in real time and be a vehicle for reflection as you progress through the certificate, your experiences will be better maximized if you are part of the program when undertaking them. However, if you believe your case warrants an exception, please provide justification for this on the application in the relevant text box for describing your anticipated experience. Upon admission to the program, you will then need to complete a “Prior Experience Petition Form” in order to get official approval. At most, the program will be able to accept one experience that was completed prior to starting the program.


How do I know if an experience I identify will count towards the certificate?

Answer

After you are admitted into the program, you will fill out a series of forms that will be used to determine if an experience meets the criteria for the certificate. The general criteria for an experience are that it is hands-on and practical, is innovative and entrepreneurial in some way (meaning at some level, you are helping identify and solve problems), and helps further your individual objective(s) for completing the certificate.


Will courses, internships, or independent studies I have taken that count towards the requirements of my major/minor/certificate also count towards the I&E certificate?

Answer

One course and one experience used to satisfy the requirements of your major, minor, or other certificate program may “double count” towards the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate.


In which semesters are the courses offered?

Answer

Gateways: Please check ACES for the most up-to-date listings. Historically, Social Innovation is offered only in the fall semester; Arts Entrepreneurship and Basics of Technology Commercialization are offered only in the spring semester, Engineering Innovation and Multimedia Documentary are offered in both the fall and spring semesters; and The Economics of Art—The Chicago Scene (Duke in Chicago) and Building & Sustaining a Successful Enterprise (Duke in Silicon Valley) are only offered in the summer as part of their respective residence program.

Keystone: The Keystone is offered in both the fall and spring semesters.

Elective: The Elective offerings differ on a semester-by-semester basis. Please check ACES for the most up-to-date listings.

Capstone: At minimum, the Capstone is offered every spring semester. We will continue to assess demand to determine whether or not it will also be offered in the fall semester in the future.


Do I have to take the Capstone during the spring semester of my senior year?

Answer

You are not required to take the Capstone course during the second semester of your senior year, although this is likely when most people will take it. You may take the Capstone any semester after you have completed the Gateway, Keystone, Elective, and both the 150- and 300-hour experiences.


How long does it take to complete the certificate?

Answer

This varies, depending on when you start the program. You have until the time you graduate from Duke to complete the certificate requirements.


Do the experiences have to be completed over the summer?

Answer

The experiences are not time-bound. You may choose to do them at any time and over any period of time, as long as they meet the minimum hour requirements and are both completed prior to taking the Capstone.


What are the requirements of the e-portfolio?

Answer

After you are admitted into the program, you will be provided a comprehensive set of guidelines for completing the e-portfolio. This will provide clear instructions for everything from how to set up your e-portfolio to the specific content that it should contain and how it is assessed.


May I earn both the Markets & Management and the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate?

Answer

No. You may earn either the I&E Certificate or M&M Certificate.

Contact Us

Certificate program questions can be directed to the program team at: certificate-entrepreneurship@duke.edu.

Check out these interviews with a few of our I&E Certificate students to learn more about the program!

Emily Bauman, ’16


Learn more about Emily’s experiences as an I&E Certificate student here.

Rainier Rubin, ’16


Learn more about Rainier’s experiences as an I&E Certificate student here.

Karishma Popli, ’16


Learn more about Karishma’s experiences as an I&E Certificate student here.

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