Entrepreneurship Center                                                                                                                                                                                  Apply for the Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

The Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship is a nine credit hour certificate for graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and staff interested in the translation of science and technology into commercial products. The certificate will focus on how cutting-edge innovations are brought to the marketplace, with an emphasis on the startup company as the main vehicle for developing products which solve market needs and create value. The learning objectives of the certificate are:
  1. Learn how to identify unmet needs in the marketplace and evaluate the commercial potential of new products/services designed to address those unmet needs
  2. Utilize market research and customer discovery activities to identify target markets and validate a path to commercialization
  3. Understand how intellectual property is protected and leveraged for value creation
  4. Understand how companies develop around an innovation and how startup teams are built
  5. Understand how new ventures are funded through both non-dilutive and dilutive sources
The graduate certificate is open to any graduate student at UNC-CH. Post-doctoral fellows are welcome to participate as well. In certain cases, students may opt to audit courses associated with the certificate, with the permission of the instructor; however, in order to receive the certificate all courses must be taken for a grade.
The nine credit hour Certificate is awarded after the following requirements have been met:
  • Elective courses related to technology commercialization and entrepreneurship
    • 6.0 credit hours total
    • Course must be from the approved course list or with prior permission from the Certificate program
  • Capstone in Entrepreneurship (BUSI704)
    • Experiential learning experience in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship
    • 3 credit hours
    • Student will design a capstone project which must be approved by the Certificate program prior to registration for BUSI704

Jason Doherty
UNC Kenan-Flagler

Ted Zoller
Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Applicant Information

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Elective Courses (6 credit hours total)

Experiential Learning (3 credit hours)

Approved Courses:

Startup Consulting (MBA846C)
Startup UNC: Feasibility (MBA848B)
Startup UNC: Strategy (MBA848C)
Startup UNC: Financing (MBA848D)
Strategic Value Creation for Life Science Companies (MBA 895)
Healthcare Consulting Projects (MBA 896)
Healthcare Marketing (MBA 894)
Managing Innovation (MBA 721A)
Innovation and Design Thinking (MBA 754A)
Venture Capital Valuation & Deal Structure (MBA 817)
Strategic Innovation (MBA 828)
Technology Strategy and Business Innovation (MBA 720)
Introduction to Entrepreneurship (MBA 835)
The Challenge of Health Care: A System Overview (MBA 893)
Science and Public Policy (PLCY 575)
Intellectual Property (LAW 265)
Introduction to Entrepreneurship (PLCY 327)
Social Entrepreneurship (MBA 866)
Applied Project Management (GRAD713)

Other courses with prior permission of the Certificate Program Director
Capstone in Entrepreneurship (BUSI704)
Semester-long participation in a rigorous experiential learning activity with a defined scope of work and measurable deliverables. Requires permission of the Certificate program prior to initiation of the project. After approval of the project, student will be eligible to register for BUSI704 and begin the project.

Examples of qualifying activities include:
  • UNC Office of Commercialization and Economic Development Internship (technology transfer, licensing, commercialization)
  • UNC Kickstart Venture Services internship with a UNC spinout company
  • Other startup or industry internship (must be identified by the student)
  • Other instructor-approved, student-directed entrepreneurial activity or research program
Students are encouraged to contact the program director for assistance with designing an appropriate project scope.
Study Plan
Please list your approved course of study based upon the course requirements listed above and your personal educational interests. You may list up to four courses below that fulfill the 9-hour requirement for the certificate. You may elect at a later time to revise your proposed study plan (with approval of the program). A list of approved courses is provided above and can also be accessed at the Certificate Program's website.