LMU Entrepreneurship Certificate Program

The nationally-ranked entrepreneurship program at LMU has launched a new certificate program that introduces students to the world of entrepreneurship! This is an excellent opportunity for students from various disciplines to learn the most fundamental and essential concepts in entrepreneurship. Program participants will gain a solid foundation in generating new business models, developing an entrepreneurial mindset, design thinking, raising capital, etc. 

All LMU undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply to the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program, with the exception of entrepreneurship majors and MSESI students. This cohort program is offered in both fall and spring semesters. Students have the option to finish the program in one semester or over two semesters. There is no cost for students currently enrolled at LMU.

Application Deadline: Monday, Sept. 18, 2023

Certificate Requirements

Program participants must earn 10 points from Fred Kiesner Center for Entrepreneurship activities, such as:

  • LMU Startup Weekend (6 points)
  • LMU New Idea Pitch Competition (1-3 points)
  • Company Visits (2 points per visit)
  • Alumni Wall of Honor & Student Awards Celebration (2 points)
  • Entrepreneurship Speaker Events (1 point per event)

Certificate sessions are taught by esteemed LMU faculty members. Program participants must attend the following 5 sessions. Sessions 1, 2, and 3 are required and offered each semester.

  • Session 1: Introduction to Entrepreneurship 
    • Introduction to the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program
    • Introduction to LMU Entrepreneurship Program/Kiesner Center
    • Introduction to Entrepreneurship (definitions, concepts, examples, etc.)

  • Session 2: Entrepreneurial Mindset 
    • Entrepreneurial Mindset
    • Personal Initiative Training
    • Goal-Setting

  • Session 3: Business Model Canvas Review
    • Students walk through a series of videos on the business model canvas (online asynchronous). As they traverse the canvas, they will fill out the different blocks of the canvas for a business idea they have selected. Students must complete the module in approximately 2.5 months.
    • After all students complete the module, the cohort will meet with the instructor for a 2-hour debrief/review session. This session will enable students to ask questions about the different boxes in the business model canvas and seek clarifications, improve their understanding, etc.

  • Session 4 and 5: Students are required to attend 2 of the following additional sessions (note: attending additional sessions beyond the two required sessions will earn 2 points each toward co-curricular point total)
    • Design Thinking
    • Raising Capital (Spring 2024)
    • More sessions: TBD (Spring 2024)

Fall 2023 Schedule

  • Friday, Sept. 22
    1 - 3 p.m.
    Hilton 119
    Introduction to Entrepreneurship
    Professor David Choi

    Friday, Sept. 22
    3 - 3:30 p.m.
    Hilton 119
    Business Model Canvas Kickoff
    Professor Marcus Crews

    Friday, Oct. 20
    1 - 3 p.m.
    Hilton 119
    Design Thinking
    Professor Sunil Murthy

    Friday, Oct. 27
    1 - 3 p.m.
    Hilton 119
    Entrepreneurial Mindset
    Professor Alex Glosenberg

    Friday, Nov. 10
    1 - 3 p.m.
    Hilton 119
    Business Model Canvas Review
    Professor Marcus Crews