Engineering Entrepreneurship

Penn is at the forefront of the country’s leading engineering schools with its Engineering Entrepreneurship Program. Designed specifically for engineers and scientists having a passion for technological innovation, these popular courses focus on the roles of inventors and founders in successful high-tech ventures.

Engineering Entrepreneurship helps students combine high-tech ideas with business acumen


Engineers and scientists around the globe launch high-tech companies to move their ideas to the market. Studies show that the majority of innovative products and services in our economy evolve from entrepreneurial ventures. By providing the knowledge and skills important to the creation and leadership of such startups, the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program aims to train the founders and leaders of tomorrow's high-tech companies.


Courses are approached from the perspective of the student whose primary interest is in technological innovation, whose primary concentration is on engineering and science courses, and who has little or no prior business education. These courses are offered at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

The first course provides an introduction to the early phases of a high-tech venture. It investigates the elements needed to seize an entrepreneurial opportunity and successfully launch a startup or spin-off company.

The second course investigates the necessary steps for planning a high-tech venture. It provides students, working in teams of 3 or 4, an opportunity to develop and present a high-tech business plan. Throughout the 2-course sequence, emphasis is placed on the sequential risks and determinants of success in high-tech entrepreneurial ventures.

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