Entrepreneurial Maker Certificate
Chart your course with Harper's entrepreneurship program
- Credit hours: 16
- Stackable to degree: Yes
- Potential job outcomes: Small business owner, franchisee, product developer, analyst
Bring your idea for a business or product to life with the Entrepreneurial Maker program. This 16-hour certificate is ideal creative, motivated students looking to start a small business, develop and prototype new products, or apply an entrepreneurial mindset to their careers. Throughout the program, you’ll focus on leadership, creativity, innovation and funding sources.
Harper College is an ideal place to study entrepreneurship. In 2017, the College was a NACCE Presidential Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Finalist. You may qualify for Harper’s Educational Foundation’s Dream Big - Angel Grant program, which supports emerging and active student and community entrepreneurs. Harper is also home to the Makerspace and Entrepreneur Center, featuring high-tech equipment used for prototyping and production. Harper has an advisory board of regional entrepreneurs and business leaders who infuse real-world perspectives and opportunities into the academic curriculum. You can also get additional experience by participating in the active business and entrepreneurship clubs.
Certificate program requirements
This 16 credit-hour certificate is designed for those individuals who are exploring entrepreneurial product ventures, want to apply the entrepreneurial mindset to their careers and/or want to start small businesses. Focus will be on leadership, creativity, innovation and funding sources. The Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration includes a specialized study area for Entrepreneurship. Please refer to Business Administration in this section of the catalog if you are interested in pursuing a degree in this discipline.
|ENT 110||Ideashop Experience||1|
Description: Provides practical experience in product production using up to three (3) varieties of equipment and software at the MakerSpace and Entrepreneurship Center. This is a project-based course where students build skill sets over time from beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert. This course may be repeated up to a maximum of four credit hours.
Description: Investigates positives and negatives of entrepreneurship and the process of concept to new venture. Analyzes typical venture errors and focuses on strategic management. Evaluates business ownership and franchising, pricing strategies, financing, location selection and human capital management. Discovers personal leadership traits. Assesses the personal entrepreneurial mindset.
|ENT 254||Ideashop: Product Development||3|
Description: Investigates the importance of promoting and managing innovation and creativity in start-ups and existing firms. Explores successful frameworks, strategies, risks, profit-making and barriers when introducing break-through products and services. Masters the techniques for improving creativity, intellectual flexibility and leadership approaches used by managers and organizations to create and sustain innovation. Evaluates innovations and ideas for profit-making possibilities.
|ENT 255||Ideashop: Crowdsourcing and Financing||3|
Description: Investigates a variety of available resources for new venture and growth funding. Examines opportunities for capital including options of debt, equity, crowdsourcing, angel investors, friends, family plans, and grants. Designs the start-up pitch for funding. Creates the financial statements for a business canvas or plan.
|ENT 257||Ideashop: 2D and 3D Prototyping||3|
Description: Uses current technologies in 2D and 3D design. Students will create and execute entrepreneurial product ideas. Products will be developed and fabricated from ideation to consumer prototypes.
Electives: Select a minimum of three credit hours from the following courses:
|MKT 180||Strategic Communication for a Digital World||3|
Description: Introduces the fundamental skills needed to develop Web-appropriate written content that can be leveraged for strategic marketing purposes on multiple digital platforms. Evaluates platform requirements and explains the nuances of multimedia writing. Presents techniques to identify success metrics, assess and report content performance and make data-driven recommendations. Recommended preparation: ENG 101 or placement options into ENG 101. ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf
|MKT 252||Internet Marketing||3|
Description: Presents techniques on how to design, maintain, and market effective digital storefronts. Focuses on communicating, selling, and providing content to Web-based stores and other Internet businesses.
|WEB 140||Mobile Apps||3|
Description: Introduces students who are new to coding, to build mobile apps for Apple mobile devices using the language and tools, Swift and Xcode. With MobileMaker.edu technologies, students will build an app, analyzing error in code, and problem solve. Students complete the class with a portfolio of apps and collection of skills that align with a professional workplace.
Students interested in business may also be interested in:
- Business Administration Sample Transfer Plan
- Business Administration AAS Degree
- eMarketing Certificate
- Financial Management Certificate
- Human Resource Management Certificate
- Insurance Certificate
- Management Certificate
- Retail Merchandising Certificate
- Social Commerce and Sales Certificate