Entrepreneurial management skills and engineering-driven technology innovation – that’s a winning combination. Business specialists and technologists cross-pollinate in this program, gaining knowledge and insights into the technological side of innovation as well as the entrepreneurial side of business formation.

Whether you intend to establish your own new technology-based venture or pursue a career promoting innovation with an established company, having a depth of knowledge about how to translate innovative ideas and products from prototype to a viable and successful business model requires a unique combination of skills. The Online Graduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship is designed for those with an undergraduate degree in business or engineering who want to broaden their ability to think innovatively and to pursue the commercialization of their innovative ideas and technological solutions.

Through this certificate program, you will gain the expertise, skills, and experience to be able to:

  • Recognize viable entrepreneurial opportunities in the technology landscape
  • Analyze entrepreneurial opportunities and devise appropriate business models and plans to pursue those opportunities
  • Communicate the business story related to a technology venture to external stakeholders
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of how ideas get transformed into new products/services
  • Identify sources for acquiring different types of resources for technology ventures in the contemporary business world
  • Develop critical and analytical thinking skills related to technology innovation management in a global context
  • Be able to integrate ideas and knowledge from multiple fields (disciplines) to develop a new product or service concept

Who Should Enroll?

The program specifically benefits two types of students:

Individuals with a business undergraduate background. You’ll acquire an in-depth awareness of product and market development in technology-based or IT-based industries, preparing you to work in your area of expertise (e.g. marketing, finance, IT, human resources) with engineering and product development teams in conceptualizing, developing, and marketing technology-based products and services.

Individuals with an engineering undergraduate background. You’ll acquire an in-depth knowledge of the business, market and organizational context within which technological innovation and entrepreneurship occurs, preparing you to work with business managers in conceptualizing, planning, and pursuing technology-based entrepreneurial (or intrapreneurial) projects.

Professional Activities

In addition to the required courses, students must participate in a set of pre-approved professional activities as part of the certificate program. Such activities may include entrepreneurship-related conferences and workshops as well as business plan competitions. Each student will develop a professional activity plan that will be approved by the program director.


To be considered for admission, you must have completed a bachelor’s degree in business or engineering with an overall GPA of 2.75 or better, or a business engineering masters degree. This certificate may be completed alone or in combination with the Lubar School’s MBA or MS in Management degree program or a graduate degree program in the College of Engineering & Applied Science.

To apply, complete the online application. Please also send your official transcript (from highest degree earned) to the Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, P.O. Box 340, Milwaukee, WI 53201.

Gainful Employment

The Graduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship is subject to gainful employment regulations.
See: Gainful Employment Certificate Disclosure Information

You may also be interested in:
New Venture Business Plan Competition
James D. Scheinfeld Entrepreneurial Award
Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization
LaMacchia Enterprises Entrepreneur Internship Program
UWM Start Up Challenge


Tuition is $2,500 per course, or a total of $12,500 to complete the certificate. (The credit plateau does not apply to this program.) This does not include the cost of textbooks and other miscellaneous expenses. Students enrolled in two courses in a term may be eligible for financial aid in the form of loans. Contact the Department of Financial Aid for more information.

For More Information

Graduate Student Services
Lubar Hall N251
(414) 229-5403


Required Courses (15 credits)

BUS ADM/ME 544 New Product Development
BUS ADM/ME 546 Global Innovation Management
BUS MGMT 741 Management of Technology Ventures
BUS MGMT 742 Technology Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship
BUS MGMT 743 Technology Entrepreneurship Project

Additional Technology Entrepreneurship certificate requirements as well as course descriptions can be found on the Graduate School website.