Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (E&I Minor) educates students to serve as leaders in the innovation economy with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to develop, scale, and deliver breakthrough solutions to real-world problems. They will be prepared to do so within a range of organizational contexts: an entrepreneurial start-up of their own, as key members of a founding team, or as an entrepreneurial member of a large organization.

Jointly offered by the Schools of Engineering and Management, the minor is designed as an interdisciplinary program with a coherent combination of conceptual and practical elements that draws on a wealth of prior educational activities in this domain.  

Students who complete the E&I Minor will have developed knowledge and skills in:

  • The innovation process from the conception of an initial invention and the problem it may solve to the refinement of the solution, to the considerations needed in the scale-up and delivery of the solution, to the launch of an appropriately funded entity.
  • Communication, teamwork, decision making and leadership skills as well as the integrity and character that are necessary to engage with stakeholders and develop the invention into a real-world product or process.
  • Strategies and methods to engage in rigorous iterations to identify and deeply understand societal needs/problems and develop robust, scalable solutions.
  • Types of organizational models and designs for the delivery of innovations to the world.
  • A range of global contexts for entrepreneurship and innovation, including variations in the interface with key stakeholders whose interests may enable or limit the potential effectiveness of innovation and entrepreneurship.  

The minor requires five courses: a core curriculum of two E&I Foundations subjects and an elective subject in each of the three domains—E&I in Context, Leadership of Teams and Organizations, and E&I Experiential.

Core Curriculum
15.359[J]Innovation Engineering: Moving Ideas to Impact12
15.373[J]Venture Engineering12
Electives
E&I in Context
Select one of the following:9-12
Innovation and Commercialization of Materials Technology
Foundations of Information Policy
Introduction to International Development
Big Plans and Mega-Urban Landscapes
Geography of the Global Economy
Urban Energy Systems and Policy 1
Energy Decisions, Markets, and Policies
Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Lab (REAL)
American Public Policy for Washington Interns
Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Health Policy
Building a Better World
Finance and Society
Intersections: Science, Technology, and the World
Energy, Environment, and Society
Africa for Engineers
D-Lab: Development
Leadership of Teams and Organizaitons
Select one of the following: 29-12
Management in Engineering
Leading Creative and Innovative Teams
Foundations of Entrepreneurship for Engineers
Dilemmas in Founding New Ventures
People and Organizations
E&I Experiential
Select one of the following:9-12
The Product Engineering Process
Medical Device Design
Development of Mechanical Products
Global Engineering
Materials Project Laboratory
Software Studio
Principles and Practice of Assistive Technology
User Interface Design and Implementation
Innovation Teams
Design and Development of Games for Learning
Building an Entrepreneurial Venture: Advanced Tools and Techniques
New Enterprises
Communicating with Mobile Technology
Media Industries and Systems: The Art, Science and Business of Games
Creating Video Games
D-Lab: Design 3
Total Units51-60
1

Subject has prerequisites that are outside the program.

2

Students in the GEL1 Certificate program may satisfy the requirement by completing a combined 12 units of 6.902[J], 6.911, and 6.912.

3

With permission of the minor advisor, one 9- or 12-unit D-Lab subject meeting the criteria for this category may be substituted.

In special cases, other advanced project coursework may be substituted with the appoval of the minor advisor. A minimum of three subjects (or 36 units) taken for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor cannot also count toward a student's major or other minor.

For more information, contact the Innovation Initiative academic program manager, Liz Friedman, Room E70-1234, 617-715-2331.