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, growth marketing, 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, Jan. 29, 2024

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 mandatory and offered each semester.

  • Session 1: Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Business Model Canvas Kick-off (mandatory) 
    • Introduction to Entrepreneurship (2 hours)
    • Business Model Canvas Kick-off (30 mins) - introduction to key activities, team formation

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

  • Session 3: Business Model Canvas Module Review (mandatory)
    • At the review session, each team will present the Business Model Canvas for their business idea. The students will walk through the different boxes in the business model canvas and get feedback from the instructor. Students can ask questions and seek clarification.
    • Pre-work: Post Session 1, students would have reviewed a series of videos on the business model canvas (online asynchronous). Students would also have worked within their teams to fill out the business model canvas for a business idea that their team has selected. Students must complete the module business model canvas before the review session. Students would have had approximately 2.5 months to complete the business model canvas.

  • Session 4 and 5: Students are required to attend at least 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 
    • Growth Marketing

Spring 2024 Schedule

  • Friday, Feb. 2 (mandatory)
    1 - 3 p.m.
    Hilton 119
    Introduction to Entrepreneurship
    Professor David Choi

    Friday, Feb. 2 (mandatory)
    3 - 3:30 p.m.
    Hilton 119
    Business Model Canvas Kickoff
    Professor Marcus Crews

    Friday, Feb. 16
    1 - 3 p.m.
    Hilton 119
    Design Thinking
    Professor Sunil Murthy

    Friday, March 8 (mandatory)
    1 - 3 p.m.
    Hilton 119
    Entrepreneurial Mindset
    Professor Alex Glosenberg

    Friday, March 15 
    1 - 3 p.m.
    Hilton 119
    Growth Marketing
    Professor Rochelle Web

    Friday, March 22
    1 - 3 p.m.
    Hilton 119
    Raising Capital
    Professor Jason D'Mello

    Friday, April 12 (mandatory)
    1 - 3 p.m.
    Hilton 119
    Business Model Canvas Review
    Professor Marcus Crews