Certificate in New Venture Creation

To be successful, future entrepreneurs need to be prepared to effectively address the broad range of challenges that lie ahead in their careers. Like any other discipline, entrepreneurship is comprised of discrete skills, strategies, and behaviors that can be modeled successfully. Much of the program's curriculum focuses on opportunity assessment, business plan development, and the sourcing of capital and is suitable for specializations in which there is a need for informed decision making, innovative management, and value generation. Participants will be given a cutting-edge education in entrepreneurial and innovative business practices and upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to effectively initiate, develop, grow and manage new ventures, either as start-ups, in the corporate environment or the non-profit sector.

The Certificate in New Venture Creation is open to any graduate student at the University of Florida in the Hough Graduate School of Business. Students must complete courses as outlined below.

Learning Goals and Objectives

  1. Students pursuing the Certificate in New Venture Creation will be able to define the entrepreneurial context for new venture creation including:
    1. Identifying the mindset, attitudes and behaviors of successful entrepreneurs both domestically and abroad
    2. Outlining the legal, ethical, and social responsibilities of start-up organizations
  2. Students pursuing the Certificate in New Venture Creation will be able to define the necessary steps for the recognition and evaluation of actionable new venture opportunities and assess the necessary resources required for launch including:
    1. Calculating the feasibility of new venture opportunities
    2. Assessing the human, physical, and financial resources required to launch new ventures
  3. Students pursuing the Certificate in New Venture Creation will be able to write and communicate effectively a plan for the growth and development of new ventures including:
    1. Writing a comprehensive business plan for the growth and development of new ventures that is clear, concise, grammatically correct and with convincing analysis
    2. Developing an effective pitch for the growth and development of new ventures including speaking in groups and in public clearly, concisely, grammatically correct, with convincing analysis and appropriate use of visual aids

Certificate Outline and Course Descriptions

Required Courses (4-6 Credits):
** MBA Students cannot register for these classes

  • Entrepreneurship (ENT 6006) – 2 Credits

    Summer A / Summer B / Fall Mod 1
    Practical, hands-on understanding of stages of entrepreneurial process. Focus on decision-making process within Start-up Company.

    OR

    Entrepreneurial Opportunity (ENT 6008) – 2 Credits

    Fall Mod 1 / Spring Mod 3
    Product development is an increasingly critical activity in most firms. Success at new product development can determine the survival of a firm. Unfortunately, an astonishingly large percentage of new products fail, and the cost of failure in dollar terms can be enormous. Our objective is to become as proficient as possible at managing the product development process.

  • Entrepreneurial Consulting Project - GatorNest (ENT 6946) – 2 Credits

    Every Term
    Must email Ted Astleford (ted.astleford at warrington.ufl.edu) to register.
    Capital structure and financing needs of start-up company as well as valuation of non-publicly traded companies, intellectual property.

    OR

    Integrated Technology Venture (ENT 6950) – 4 Credits

    Full-year commitment
    Must email Ted Astleford (ted.astleford at warrington.ufl.edu) to register.
    The Integrated Technology Venture program (ITV) is a year-long interdisciplinary collaboration meant to emulate the earliest stages of a technology startup company. Students and faculty from business, engineering and law team up under the guidance of a volunteer CEO to work intensively with a technology invented by a University of Florida researcher.

Elective Courses (choose three):

  • Business Plan Formation (ENT 6116) – 2 Credits

    Spring Mod 4
    Professional development and preparation of company business plan. Full analysis of plan outside evaluation and ranking.

  • Creativity in Entrepreneurship (ENT 6616) – 2 Credits

    Summer B
    The course is organized around class discussions, workshops, projects, both individual and team-based, cases, a field trip and visiting experts. It will be very interactive, and is designed to be fundamentally based upon experiential learning. You must be very involved through active participation to get the most out of this course.

  • Entrepreneurship Case Lecture Series (ENT 6933) – 2 Credits

    Full Year Commitment
    Students will evaluate cases written by visiting entrepreneurs. The cases will then be discussed live with the entrepreneurs during a speaking engagement held on Friday mornings.

  • Entrepreneurial Selling (ENT 6930 – Special Topics) – 2 Credits

    Summer B
    Course teaches students state-of-the-art selling skills that can be used with prospective clients, venture capitalists, potential partners, investors, and candidates for employment.

  • Family Business Management (ENT 5275) – 2 Credits

    Fall Mod 2
    Designed to help you understand the strategy, environment, and decision-making processes most important for creating, owning, and successfully operating a small and family business.

  • Global Entrepreneurship (ENT 6706) – 2 Credits

    Fall Mod 1
    Consideration of global market context in starting entrepreneurial ventures internationally.

  • Hi-Tech Entrepreneurship (ENT 6930) – 2 Credits

    Fall Mod
    The objective of this course is to teach concepts and frameworks to analyze firms pursuing profit creation from technology commercialization.

  • International Study Program (GEB 6930) – 2 credits

    Fall break
    The Global Entrepreneurship Study Program is designed to introduce students to global entrepreneurial perspectives and cultural differences. By visiting various businesses and organizations, as well as participating in academic lectures, students will gain a more practical understanding of entrepreneurship as a global economic development engine from individuals who actually work within the entrepreneurial environment.

  • Law for Entrepreneurs (BUL 6930) – 2 Credits

    Spring Mod 3
    This course examines the legal aspects in starting and growing a company (small or medium-sized business or SMEs) including, strategies for ensuring compliance with the law; use of law and the legal system to increase predictability, maximize value, marshal resources, and manage risk in an entrepreneurial enterprise. Since law permeates every act of an entrepreneurship enterprise, the course will consistent of a broad survey of legal issues that confront new and existing small and medium-sized businesses.

  • Product Development and Management (MAR 6833) – 2 Credits

    Fall Mod 1 Open Enrollment / Fall Mod 2 MBA Only
    Product development is an increasingly critical activity in most firms. Success at new product development can determine the survival of a firm. Unfortunately, an astonishingly large percentage of new products fail, and the cost of failure in dollar terms can be enormous. Our objective is to become as proficient as possible at managing the product development process.

  • Social Entrepreneurship (ENT 6506) – 2 Credits

    Fall Mod 2
    Process of starting, financing, assessing, and managing a succession of mission-based for-profit and no-for-profit ventures.

  • Strategic Management for Entrepreneurs (ENT 6930 – Special Topics) – 2 Credits

    Spring Mod 4
    This course focuses on strategic decisions from an entrepreneurs' perspective.

  • Venture Analysis (ENT 6016) – 2 Credits

    Spring Mod 3
    To explore and critique real-world examples of how new business ventures were conceived, started and run. To provide students with the analytical skills necessary to examine the structure and strategic and tactical activities of new business ventures.

  • Venture Finance (ENT 6416) – 2 Credits

    Fall Mod 2 / Spring Mod 4
    Capital structure and financing needs of Start-up Company as well as valuation of non-publicly traded companies, intellectual property.

Apply to Certify Your Certificate

To receive your certificate you will need to return to this page in the term you are graduating and fill out the application form. This form must be completed prior to the Graduate School's degree certification deadline. Failure to apply for certificate certification will result in not receiving your certificate even if you completed all of the courses.

NOTE: the process for registering for the certificate has changed. You will no longer be given priority registration for certificate courses. Each module you will be able to register for certificate courses during regular course registration, no exceptions.

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