Entrepreneurship: Startup Development

Specialized Professional Program in Entrepreneurship: Startup Development

Specialized Professional Program in Entrepreneurship: Startup Development

Classroom Program


6 months


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Are you ready to take the risk and turn it into a reward? Turn your vision into reality and give your entrepreneurial enterprise legs to get off and running. Assess the viability of your business concept and forecast its success in the marketplace. Choose one of two tracks to decide your path. Track 1 presents NSF I-Corps approved programming offered through UCR EPIC (Entrepreneurial Proof of Concept and Innovation Center). You will complete two intensive seminars where you will benefit from experiential learning to create an innovation-based company. Track 2 presents courses focusing on startup models, but applicable toward a wider range of industries.


Grow your entrepreneurial knowledge by stacking this coursework into the full Professional Certificate in Entrepreneurship to broaden your awareness of effective business practices that are unique to startup enterprises.

Designed For

Existing and aspiring entrepreneurs who would like to acquire the skills to start a new venture. Professionals from existing organizations that are interested in examining entrepreneurial concepts that can be applied to existing organizations, may also benefit.

What You'll Learn

  • Methods for assessing a business idea for market appeal
  • How to identify a business ecosystem, stakeholders, customer segment, value proposition, and market size
  • Interviewing skills for assessing customer needs and pain points
  • How to conduct a complete competitive analysis
  • Management principles and financing options for a new business

What You Can Do With This Certificate

You can own your own business!

Positions are also an option, in a variety of industries all over the world, and can be found in firms, corporations, government, or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

  • Business Consultant
  • Business Manager
  • Business Developer

Real People. Real Results.

“When your passion is learning, the journey is fun and intellectually rewarding.”

Sandra Fitz

Coachella Valley Water District
Joshua Tree, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in any academic area, or equivalent combination of post-secondary preferred
  • International applicants are required to demonstrate English-language fluency, and must attain minimum scores of TOEFL PBT 550, iBT 80, or IELTS 6.5

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Track 1 or Track 2

Instructor Spotlight

“I put my 23 years of industry experience to work helping others understand how to manage an array of responsibilities in their fields. Behind every student is a group of volunteers, staff, or community depending on me to give their managers and leaders current, relevant, and accurate information. The highlight of every class is when I see my students using the skills I have taught them to make a difference in the lives of those they serve.”

Jenai Morehead

Foundation Consultant and Author
Highland, CA

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