Opportunities abound for students to learn everything they need to know to succeed as entrepreneurs, at the foundational, advanced, and experiential levels. Dive into academic courses, majors and minors, and cocurricular activities relating to entrepreneurship, from our Biomedical Entrepreneurship course to a Master’s of Entrepreneurship in Engineering to specialized service learning, Education Abroad, and Learning Community programs.
BADM/MENT 2234: The Entrepreneurial Journey
This introductory, interdisciplinary course nurtures interest and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, raises awareness on the topic of entrepreneurship along with its benefits and risks, builds basic capabilities in assessing entrepreneurial opportunities, and helps students assess whether entrepreneurship might be part of their academics/career.
Management - Entrepreneurship Concentration
Offered by the School of Business.
Develop the necessary skills to lead others, work well in teams, think entrepreneurially, and develop a strategic vision. Management majors are prepared to understand the “big picture” rather than focus on highly specialized, often rapidly changing, areas of study. Think and act with the confidence that only comes from an ability to see and appreciate what most highly focused specialists cannot.
Offered by the School of Business
Available to UConn students from any school or college (except for Management majors, who may declare Entrepreneurship as a concentration)
Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation
Offered jointly by the School of Business and School of Engineering
Available to UConn students from any school or college
Students from outside Business and Engineering should begin the advising process as soon as possible to ensure that they can gain permission numbers for the necessary prerequisites for these minors.
Healthcare Innovation Online Graduate Certificate Program
Offered by the School of Nursing
Open to healthcare and non-healthcare students
BADM 2234/MENT 2234 - The Entrepreneurial Journey
BADM 3234/MENT 3234 - Opportunity Generation
BADM 3235/MENT 3235 - Venture Planning
BADM 4895/MENT 5894 - Build Hartford
BADM 5894 - InsurTech Venturing (Honors)
BADM 5894 - InsurTech Experiential Learning
FNCE 4319 - Entrepreneurial Finance
MENT 3500 - Technology Innovation (cross-listed in Engineering as ENG 3500)
MENT 3501 - Technology Innovation II (cross-listed in Engineering as ENG 3501)
MENT 4895 - Finance for Entrepreneurs
MENT 4899 - Student Venture Fund
OPIM 3403 - UX/UI Design (formerly OPIM 3805 Gamification in Business)
Note: Special seminars in entrepreneurship topics may be offered under BADM 5894.
ENGR 3500 - Technology Innovation I (cross-listed in Business as MENT 3500)
ENGR 3501 - Technology Innovation II (cross-listed in Business as MENT 3501)
Note: Special seminars in entrepreneurship topics may be offered under BME 6086.
DMD 2020 - Design Thinking
DMD 2710 - Social Media Business Applications
DMD 3420 - Wearable Electronics and Interactive Objects
DMD 3720 - Digital Media Analytics
UNIV 1820 - Intro to Making
UNIV 1820 - Develop Your Entrepreneurial Skillset
UNIV 1810 – FYE Learning Community Seminar: LLC: Innovation House
BADM 4895/MGMT 5894 - Build Hartford
BADM 5311 - Experiential Learning Collaborative Advanced Project
BADM 5320 - Innovation Accelerator I: Evaluation of New Ventures
BADM 5321 - Innovation Accelerator II: New Venture Analytics
BADM 5330 - SCOPE I: Social Entrepreneurship Processes
BADM 5331 - SCOPE II: Social Innovation Processes
BADM 5894 - InsurTech Venturing
BADM 5894 - InsurTech Experiential Learning
Note: Special seminars in entrepreneurship topics may be offered under BADM 5310, BADM 5894, EMBA 5901, or MENT 5895.
LAW 7798 - Clinic: Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship, Advanced Fieldwork
LAW 7877 - Clinic: Intellectual Property
LAW 7898 - Clinic: Transactional
ENGR 5300 - Industry 4.0
Note: Special seminars inentrepreneurship topics may be offered under BME 6086 or ENGR 5300.
NURS 5111 - Healthcare Innovation Theory and Application
Courses, Programs, and Resources
Biomedical Entrepreneurship Course
The Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation offers the multi-disciplinary Biomedical Entrepreneurship course to graduate students and honors or advanced undergraduates from across the University with the purpose of engaging them in topics around issues and areas of opportunity in health care and life sciences. Students learn about the process of innovating medical technologies and the implications on society and the world.
First Year Programs, Learning Communities, and the Academic Achievement Center
First Year Programs, Learning Communities, and the Academic Achievement Center’s holistic programs celebrate entrepreneurial mindset and innovation through a continued emphasis on discovery, inquiry, and risk-taking during students’ first year and beyond. We help students connect their passions with resources to build a pipeline of innovation which extends to other opportunities, both within our programs and with our extensive collaborative networks, empowering them to become learners and leaders with purpose. FYP&LC continually promotes student-driven projects and initiatives that weave entrepreneurship into the culture of the University.
School of Nursing Healthcare Innovations Program
The Healthcare Innovations Program was launched in September 2013 at the UConn School of Nursing to empower and teach our new generation of nurses to be innovators and change agents in the healthcare arena.
It is now in its fifth year and the concepts of innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship have been integrated into select courses in the freshman, junior, and senior School of Nursing curriculum. Additional integration and development of the innovation curriculum is required to expand the opportunity for our next and current generation nurses to be change agents early and throughout their careers in the broad healthcare delivery system resulting in critical and important improvements to the delivery of healthcare globally.
Innovation House Learning Community
Innovation House, one of UConn’s Learning Communities, is a space where first- and second-year students can connect their identities, passions, and interdisciplinary academic experience with programs, resources, faculty, and peers to develop their innovative and entrepreneurial selves. Innovation House enables students to access and leverage campus resources and networks during their personal exploration of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Students recognize their potential and convert it into real-world success by connecting with faculty, staff, students, and local business leaders to develop the diverse and dynamic skills necessary for success as innovators, creatives, and entrepreneurs in today’s rapidly changing world.
The InsurTech Venturing course, offered by the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in a joint partnership with the University of Hartford, allows students to gain knowledge about the foundations of the InsurTech industry and develop entrepreneurial skills within the realms of InsurTech. Students learn about the impacts of digital technology in the insurance industry and receive hands-on training creating and developing InsurTech business ventures. They also have the opportunity to analyze related case studies and listen to speakers that have experience in the InsurTech industry.
Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Law Clinic
Available to undergraduate and graduate students, UConn Law's Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Law Clinic provides pro bono intellectual property legal services including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Perform patentability and trademark registrability searches; prepare and file U.S. patent, trademark, and copyright applications; and prepare non-disclosure agreements. Protect the innovations connected with your new business, including products and processes. Gain brand protection through the use of trademarks. Obtain free legal advice from experienced lawyers and law students.
OPIM Innovate is an initiative started by the Operations and Information Management (OPIM) department in the UConn School of Business. OPIM Innovate aims to give students, faculty, and staff hands-on experience with emerging technologies in business, allowing students to learn from their peers about how they can use new technology to solve complex problems.
The Innovation Space and Gladstein Research Lab on the Storrs campus is equipped with various emerging technologies including Virtual Reality (VR), 3D printing, Internet of Things (IoT), microcontrollers, and data analytics devices. OPIM Innovate's services include self-paced learning activities (Tech Kits), equipment and space reservation for projects, and daily tech demos. The Gladstein Research Lab also hosts a workshop series on various emerging tech topics such as blockchain, data visualization, and artificial intelligence.
Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) Program
Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) students graduate with a bachelor of science (BS) degree conferred by both the School of Engineering and the School of Business. MEM graduates have immense flexibility to work as practicing engineers or to focus on a business career. Due to the unique curriculum, MEM graduates have been very successful in obtaining coveted “Leadership Development Program” positions at major companies that introduce them to multiple sides of the business and prepare them for a fast track to promotion. MEM graduates also have among the highest starting salaries of both engineering and business majors.
Engineering Senior Design Project
Each year, more than 100 leading manufacturing companies, pharmaceutical and medical firms, consulting practices, and utilities, as well as local, state, and federal government agencies, partner with the UConn School of Engineering through Senior Design Projects. All UConn Engineering seniors participate in the two-semester Senior Design course, solving technical problems for sponsors in a real-world company or organization. Each team of 2-4 seniors is mentored through the project by an Engineering professor working within the sponsor organization.
The UConn Honors Program supports more than 2,200 academically talented and intellectually curious undergraduates at all campuses. Through participation in the program, students enrich their educational experiences by exploring Honors courses within their major and across the curriculum; creating cutting-edge research and creative projects alongside expert faculty members; and leading within and beyond the UConn Honors community.
UConn Libraries Entrepreneurship and Business Plan Guide
Student entrepreneurs can use the UConn Libraries' online Entrepreneurship and Business Plan guide to walk through the process of business plans, market research, and the fundamentals of launching a business, and navigating the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Need specific research advice? Schedule one-on-one sessions with the Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian, whether you’re just beginning or a serial student entrepreneur.
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is dedicated to the support and advancement of best practices in teaching and learning at the University of Connecticut. The staff of CETL work with individual faculty, teaching assistants, students, departments and the academic administration to create a culture which values teaching and learning, supports and rewards faculty for innovation in teaching, encourages respect for differences in learners and provides an environment where faculty, staff, and students work together to accomplish learning objectives. The connections that CETL has developed provides unparalleled support for faculty seeking connections for scholarship, relationship, and project development.
Center for Open Research Resources and Equipment
The Center for Open Research Resources and Equipment (COR²E) promotes and supports the growth of research at UConn by serving the University’s world-class research faculty, as well as the rest of the UConn community and UConn partners.
Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
The Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation helps UConn students and faculty develop the skills needed to become successful entrepreneurs. CCEI offers entrepreneurial training and new venture support programs for faculty, staff and students across the University. Programs such as Accelerate UConn, Verge Consulting, the CCEI Summer Fellowship program, and the Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Initiative help aspiring entrepreneurs identify and analyze the market opportunity for new products and technology, and once proven, build scalable and sustainable business models that help bring game-changing new products, services, and technologies to market.
CCEI also works in partnership with and supports several other entrepreneurial initiatives within the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, including the TIP Summer Internship Program, the Nursing Shark Tank event, HackUConn, reSET Summer Internship Program, the Forum on Healthcare Innovation, and the xCITE women’s entrepreneurship conference.
Hosted by the Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation at the University of Connecticut (CSI), the CyberSEED conference brings together top information security professionals and business leaders to discuss emerging cybersecurity trends and formulate best strategies for tackling current and future threats. In the same academic setting, dozens of universities and colleges compete in unique cybersecurity challenges for prizes.
Greenhouse Studios forges diverse and democratic collaborations that build humanities scholarship in new formats to engage new audiences. The design-thinking philosophy of Greenhouse Studios encourages non-hierarchical collaboration between librarians, faculty, students, designers, and university press partners. Greenhouse Studios projects are led through a five-stage process — Understand, Identify, Build, Review, and Release — designed to encourage collaboration and make all team members equal stakeholders in the project.