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 (em5dq@virginia.edu) for more information.

If you have questions about applying, please contact Tracey Doniel (tst6e@comm.virginia.edu).


The Entrepreneurship Minor is open by application each year to all University students who have completed the Startup class and whose academic requirements allow them the flexibility to complete the required 18 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

Plus one (1) course from the following, thereby initiating a concentration:

For the Social Entrepreneurship concentration: LPPS 3050: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship (formerly offered as GDS 3050)

For the Technology Entrepreneurship concentration: STS 2810: Introduction to Technology Entrepreneurship or STS 2830: How to Start a Startup

For the Innovation in Business concentration*: COMM 4680: Entrepreneurship or COMM 3230: Managing Innovation

Elective Courses

Students complete three courses 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 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)
ECON 3010: Intermediate Microeconomics
EDLF 2050: Innovation in Education
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 3410: Innovation and Social Impact
LPPS 4720: Open Source for the Common Good
LPPS 4730: Impact Investing
LPPS 5225: uAcademy for Conscious Change
PHS 3825: Global Public Health: Challenges & Innovations
SOC 3710: Organizations, Institutions, and Markets
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

Other elective courses by approval of the faculty director.

Capstone Options

Students choose one (1) course from the following, either a project-based or a venture-based capstone, to complete the minor:

Project-Based Capstone Courses
LPPS 4735: Experiential Social Entrepreneurship (by instructor permission)
BME 3030: Design and Innovation in Medicine (by instructor permission)
STS 4810: New Product Development

Venture-Based Accelerator Capstone Course
ENTP 4000: Launch (by instructor permission)/COMM 4681 Capstone

*Pending final approval. Students may still apply to the minor and enroll in the required course for the concentration with plans to declare or switch their concentrations when final approval has been received.

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.