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About the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor

This interdisciplinary minor uses problem-based learning to prepare students in any major to create value (including new products) and be agents of positive change. The world needs new innovative products, services and solutions in all disciplines: arts, business, engineering, science, agriculture, healthcare, communication, education.

The ENTI courses develop skills in problem solving, opportunity recognition, self-efficacy (your belief in your ability to succeed), leadership, communications and learning from failure. Your major at Penn State ensures you have specific skills and knowledge. The ENTI Minor broadens your education and Penn State experiences, so you see challenges as opportunities, and you can thrive in a job, class or activity that includes unknowns, deadlines and ambiguities.

Innovative and entrepreneurial people working in established organizations are called intrapreneurs, and are valuable in every type of organization. Innovative and entrepreneurial people also free lance, assembling their career around their unique skills. The ENTI Minor can prepare you to be an intrapreneur, free-lancer or an entrepreneur.

To meet students' wide range of entrepreneurship and innovation interests, the ENTI Minor is structured in two parts:

1. All students take the three core courses (9 credits) establish foundational knowledge:

MGMT 215 - Entrepreneurial Mindset

ENGR 310 - Entrepreneurial Leadership

MGMT 425 (ENGR/IST) - New Venture Creation 

2. The New Venture Cluster is offered at Penn State Berks. Students may not use a required course from their major in the ENTI minor. Other courses, such as technical electives, out-of-college electives, and general education courses may be able to be used to meet requirements in major as well as the ENTI minor. Students may substitute up to 3 credits of research topics, internship or independent studies courses focused on relevant entrepreneurship or innovation topics in consultation with an adviser. The New Ventures Cluster offers the following courses:

BA 243 - Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business

BA 250 - Small Business Management

MGMT 427 - Managing an Entrepreneurial Start-Up Company


New Venture Cluster