Entrepreneurship Certificate

Entrepreneurship courses at Harper will teach you how to plan a startup, make a pitch and get funded.
Make Your Startup a Reality

Learn to create a business canvas, to pitch your idea, and run your business. Enroll in the nine-month Entrepreneurship Certificate at Harper College today!

A Focus on Success

Take your initiative and entrepreneurial mindset to the next level with Harper's 22-credit-hour certificate program.

  • Develop the traits of a great entrepreneur: creativity, innovation, ideation, leadership.
  • Learn to effectively run your start-up with courses on accounting, business organization, entrepreneurship and applied entrepreneurship, leadership, entrepreneurial financing and internet marketing.
  • Get instruction, advice and mentorship from experienced full-time faculty and professional business leaders working in the field.
  • Learn how to identify funding sources that can help your business get off the ground.

We've Got Your Back 

At Harper, you'll find a supportive environment for entrepreneurs that extends beyond the classroom. 

  • Finish the certificate with your business ready to start and compete for funding through Harper's Dream Big - Angel Grant.
  • Network with fellow students through Harper's business and entrepreneurship club. 
  • Take advantage of the MakerSpace and Innovation Center to grow your business, with support from our Small Business Development Center, faculty, advisors and community makers.
  • Work toward an AAS Degree in Business Administration through additional coursework.

The Right Place to Start

Harper has an established reputation for business and entrepreneurship education:

  • Harper College was a NACCE Presidential Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Finalist (2017 and 2018).
  • Participate in the Harper Educational Foundation’s Dream Big - Angel Grant, which supports emerging and active student and community entrepreneurs.
  • Harper has an advisory board of regional entrepreneurs and business leaders who infuse real-world perspectives and opportunities into the academic curriculum.
  • This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs and the Higher Learning Commission. 

Space is limited for the February 5, 2019 program start. 

Entrepreneur Certificate Program Courses

Classes held at main Palatine campus. Classes include a combination of face-to-face and online instruction.

Your actual schedule may be different.
Orientation Session Attend a mandatory orientation focused on your success in the program.
Semester 1 Course Credit Course Name
  MGT 111 3 Introduction to Business Organization
  MGT 154 3 Entrepreneurship
  MKT 252 3 Internet Marketing
Semester 2 Course Credits Course Name
  ACC 101 4 Introduction to Financial Accounting
Semester 3 Course Credits Course Name
  MGT 254 3 Applied Entrepreneurship
  MGT 255 3 Entrepreneurial Financing
  MGT 205 3 Leadership
22 credits: Entrepreneurship Certificate earned.
Also compete for the Dream Big - Angel Grant

Business Start-up Outlook

Successful entrepreneurs create jobs, have control over their income and job growth, and experience all aspects of what the business world has to offer. The support that Harper College offers through the entrepreneurship program, Dream Big – Angel Grants and the new MakerSpace and Innovation Center will set you up on a path to success in starting your business and being a creative and innovative leader in the business community.

Next Steps

To learn more about Harper's Fast Track Entrepreneurship Certificate, call us at 847.925.6438.