All around the world people are starting their own new business ventures. With its strong heritage of invention and entrepreneurship among students and faculty members, WPI is committed to encouraging its students to consider that career path. Our dream is that our students will earn a minor in Entrepreneurship, which will provide them with some basic business skills and an understanding of what it takes to start a business, then they will create a new and exciting technology as their MQP that they will then turn into a business upon graduation. Related opportunities include the Robert H. Grant Invention Awards, the Henry Strage Innovation Awards, the CEI @ WPI ALL-OUT Business Plan Competition, the WPI Dinner with Entrepreneurs Series, the WPI chapter of CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization), several conferences, many workshops, the monthly WPI Venture Forum meetings, a variety of speakers and other events related to entrepreneurship, and access to a wide network of entrepreneurs from around the U.S. and abroad.
The Minor in Entrepreneurship is available to all students except those majoring in MG, MGE, or MIS, who may take the courses as part of their major or as Breadth or Free Electives.
The minor requires the completion of two units of coursework as noted below.
- Complete the following course:
OIE 2850 Engineering Economics
- Complete two (2) from the following list:
ACC 1100 Financial Accounting OR ACC 2101 Management Accounting
BUS 2950 Business Law & Ethics
OIE 3400 Production System Design
MKT 3600 Marketing Management
MIS 3700 Information Systems Management
- Complete the following three courses, preferably in order:
ETR 3910 Identifying & Evaluating New Venture Opportunities
ETR 3920 Planning & Launching New Ventures
ETR 4930 Growing and Managing New Ventures
As noted above, students majoring in MG, MGE, or MIS may not minor in Entrepreneurship.
For general policy on the Minor, see the description on pages 25-26.