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Entrepreneurship Minor


The purpose of the Entrepreneurship Minor is to prepare students to play crucial roles in the new venture community (as founders, investors, policy makers, technologists, executives, etc.), thereby impacting positively the world we live in and creating value of all kinds. The new venture community is defined broadly, including not only startup companies, but also new ventures operating within or launched by established firms. The program provides an education in and experience with the tools, techniques, and transformations involved in new venture development (e.g., ideation and innovation, team building, product-market fit, financial and social return, and legal dynamics). While administratively hosted within the McIntire School of Commerce, the Entrepreneurship Minor connects entrepreneurship efforts among multiple schools at the University of Virginia through a coordinated and collective curriculum. Within the minor, students select one of three concentrations: Technology Entrepreneurship, supported by coursework at the School of Engineering & Applied Science; Social Entrepreneurship, supported by coursework at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy; or Innovation in Business, supported by coursework at the McIntire School of Commerce. Additional courses are offered by the School of Architecture, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Curry School of Education.

Contact Professor Eric Martin ( for more information.

If you have questions about applying, please contact Tracey Doniel (


The Entrepreneurship Minor is open by application each year to all University students who are enrolled or have completed the Startup class and whose academic requirements allow them the flexibility to complete the required 15 credits. Acceptance into and declaration of the minor do not guarantee enrollment in the courses or completion of the minor. All courses are offered on a space-available basis.

Engineering students may not enroll and complete both the Engineering Business Minor and the Entrepreneurship Minor.


If you are interested in requesting a course not listed below count toward your Minor Requirements, please use the following form:

Entrepreneurship Minor Elective Course Request

Required Courses

ENTP 1010: Startup

Students must take 1  core course plus 1 capstone course within the same concentration:

Innovation in Business(IiB) Concentration

Core: COMM 3230: Managing Innovation or 4680: Entrepreneurship plus Capstone: COMM 4681: Entrepreneurship Capstone

Social Entrepreneurship Concentration

Core: LPPS 3050: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship  plus Capstone: LPPS 4735: Experiential Social Entrepreneurship (by instructor permission)


Technology Concentration

Core: STS 2810: Introduction to Technology Entrepreneurship or STS 2830: How to Start a Start Up  plus Capstone: STS 4810 : New Product Development or BME 3030: Design and Innovation in Medicine (by instructor permission)

Elective Courses

Students complete 6 credits from the following list:

ARAD 3100: Principles and Practice in Arts Administration
ARCH 2070: Intro to Designing & Thinking
ARCH 3070: Foundations in Design Practices
CHEM 2350: This Chemical Century
COMM 1100: Understanding the World of Business
COMM 1800: Foundations of Commerce (not available to Commerce majors for eMinor credit)
COMM 2020: Managerial Accounting
COMM 3230: Managing Innovation (if not used as the concentration entry course)
COMM 3420: Commercial Law II
COMM 3790: Venture Capital and Emerging Firms
COMM 4381: Developing and Managing Innovative Products
COMM 4559: Persuasion and Influence
COMM 4559 or 4620: Leadership of Organizations/Strategic Leadership
COMM 4589: GCI: Social Entrepreneurship in Small Island Developing States
COMM 4680: Entrepreneurship (if not used as the concentration entry course)
COMM 4831: Developing and Managing Innovative New Products
ECON 3010: Intermediate Microeconomics
EDLF 1200: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Social Innovation
EDLF 2050: Innovation in Education
GSVS 2150: Global Sustainability
GSVS 3559/ENGR 4010 Design Thinking
HIUS 3162: Digitizing America
MDST 3405: Media Policy and Law
LPPL 3100: Foundations of Behavioral Science
LPPP 3500: Special Topics in Social Entrepreneurship
LPPS 3290: Social Innovation in Emerging Markets: India and South East Asia
LPPS 3295: Global Humanitarian Crisis: Dilemmas, Leadership and Action
LPPS 3410: Innovation and Social Impact
LPPS 4720: Open Source for the Common Good
LPPS 4730: Impact Investing
LPPS 5225: uAcademy for Conscious Change
NUIP 4559: Sustainability in Nicaragua
PHS 3825: Global Public Health: Challenges & Innovations
PLAC 5250: Applied Real Estate Studio
PSYC 2600: Intro to Social Psychology
SOC 3710: Organizations, Institutions, and Markets
SOC 3820: Social Movements Class
STS 1800: Business Fundamentals for Engineers
STS 2730: Engineers and Art of the Deal
STS 2830: Startup Operations for Entrepreneurs
STS 2840: Entrepreneurial Finance
STS 2850: Government and Entrepreneurship
STS 3580: Special Topics for Engineering Entrepreneurship
STS 5500: Topics in Technology & Society
SYS 3501: Human-Centered Product Design

Other elective courses by approval of the faculty director.



The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record, found at the UVA University Registrar website, represent the official repository for academic program requirements.