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Entrepreneurship Courses (Undergraduate Students)

ENGR 1062: Startup Fundamentals is for all Pitt undergraduate students in any school or department and is taught by the director of the Big Idea Center for student entrepreneurship, Babs Carryer. Startup Fundamentals introduces students to the core business concepts behind innovation and entrepreneurship. The class is highly interactive, and students will be required to actively participate in groups and individually. Grading is heavily weighted around participation in the group project which will be ongoing throughout the semester. Guest speakers, who are experts in their fields, will supplement the core teaching by the instructor. Topics covered include: ideation, problem/solution, market opportunity, competitive analysis, customer discovery, pitching, funding, finance, legal issues, team building, and innovation within existing companies.

This course is offered as part of SSoE’s Certificate in Innovation, Product Design and Entrepreneurship, outlined below.

SSoE Innovation, Product Design, and Entrepreneurship Certificate

Innovation and entrepreneurship has been credited as being a key driving factor in the US economy.  Even inside the corporation, employers seek engineers with skills to contribute to the rapid movement of products from conception to market.  With this emphasis on minimizing the time to market whether in a startup or a large corporation, it has become essential for engineers to integrate business strategies and customer focus with new product design skills.

The Certificate in Innovation, Product Design, and Entrepreneurship cuts across the Swanson School of Engineering and into the College of Business Administration to offer students the diverse skills to complement their technical engineering focus.  The program offers a comprehensive set of courses that address principles in business, design, and innovation, and takes advantage of state of the art makerspaces. For more information on the certificate program please go here.

INFSCI 1023: Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Tech is for all Pitt undergraduate students in any school or department and is taught by the director of the Big Idea Center for student entrepreneurship, Babs Carryer. Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Tech introduces students to the core business concepts behind innovation and entrepreneurship. The class is highly interactive, and students will be required to actively participate in groups and individually. Grading is heavily weighted around participation in the group project which will be ongoing throughout the semester. Guest speakers, who are experts in their fields, will supplement the core teaching by the instructor. Topics covered include: ideation, problem/solution, market opportunity, competitive analysis, customer discovery, pitching, funding, finance, legal issues, team building, and innovation within existing companies.

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