Entrepreneurship Certificate

Make Your Startup a Reality

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

Space is limited for the Thursday, January 16, 2020 program start.

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 2D and 3D prototyping.
  • 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.

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.

For more information, see the Business Administration Program page.

Sample Course Schedule - Entrepreneur Certificate

Your actual schedule may be different. Classes held at the main Palatine campus.

Timeframe Course # Credit Hours Course Name


Attend a mandatory orientation focused on your success in the program.

Semester 1

MGT 154




ARC 116


Architectural CAD 1

Semester 2

MGT 254


Applied Entrepreneurship


MGT 255


Entrepreneurial Financing


MGT 257


Makerspace: 2D and Prototyping

Semester 3

MGT 205




ACC 101


Introduction to Financial Accounting

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

For more information about Harper's Fast Track Program, please call us at 847.925.6438, schedule an appointment or attend an info session.