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100% Online Certificate in Entrepreneurship

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  • Duration 6 Months
  • Cost per Credit $410
  • Credit Hours 15

Program Benefits

  • Gain core business knowledge and experience
  • Guard against the most common reasons businesses fail
  • Learn directly from industry professionals

Be Ready to Launch Your Business Idea

Prepare for the challenges of owning a business with the online Certificate in Entrepreneurship.

Whether you have a business idea that needs development or you’re adding this focus to your degree program at Bay Path University, you’ll gain critical skills such as how to fund your idea and network effectively. Then you’ll run your business plans through a simulation to get expert feedback on how you can improve.

Career Stats for Women Entrepreneurs

With your Certificate in Entrepreneurship completed, you can join the 42% of women entrepreneurs in the U.S. who employ over 9.4 million workers.1 In 2022, 10% of startups that made more than $1 billion — called unicorns — were co-founded by at least one woman.2

  • 849 new, women-owned businesses open daily2
  • 49% of startups in 2021 were by women2
  • Minority women increased business ownership by 163% since 2007 and in 2019, earned $422 billion in revenue2

Build Real-World Experience and Skill Sets

5 Courses

6 Weeks Each

The curriculum for the online Certificate in Entrepreneurship program enhances your skills in identifying and vetting new business opportunities. It prepares you to launch and lead entrepreneurial endeavors on your own or within organizations.

You’ll get expert-level instruction and leadership training from industry professionals who prepare you for the real challenges of advanced roles and ensure you can thrive throughout your career.

Course Highlights*

Students assess their own strengths and weaknesses as an entrepreneur using a predictive analytic inventory. They compare their ideal entrepreneur profile against dozens of profiles of women entrepreneurs. They interview and analyze the skills and decision making of these successful women through podcasts, videos, articles, and case studies. Using both online and in-person techniques, they identify and interview women entrepreneurs and learn how they assess opportunity, structure companies, target markets, develop products and services, create action plans, fund ventures, and manage the operational complexities of emerging companies. They ask questions, synthesize the results, and develop a plan for what they need to learn and what resources they need to become a successful entrepreneur of a growth-oriented business.

Students practice and perfect techniques that influence key decision makers. They adapt their approach and message to different audiences that include potential partners, investors, funding sources, lenders, customers, potential employees, and the media. Students employ savvy approaches to influence and advocate for their ideas while considering what’s in the best interest of those they seek to influence. They adopt an empathetic perspective in presenting and negotiating as they seek to introduce new business ideas to a wide range of present and future stakeholders. Students critique and synthesize what works and what doesn’t, as they view videos of some of the best presenters and negotiators in business, politics, and social change. Students develop powerful presentation and business development techniques that ensure clear, persuasive, and involving communications using online presentation and communication tools as well as activities in their day-to-day lives. Students develop skills in one-to-one, small group, and large group environments to elevate their capacity to meet others and develop lasting, productive, and collaborative relationships.

Students take ideas and build financial models that tell stories of how these ventures will unfold over time into viable businesses. Students use financial planning, data analysis, and management as they build “believable” plans for growth and scaling. They use numbers to support their vision in customer development, marketing, and creation of products and service to convince those with resources to invest in their ventures. Students identify costs and cost categories, predict revenues, and tie the venture’s product or service plan and prospective customer segments to financial results. Students estimate cost of customer acquisition, marketing, and revenue streams. They will also find business models that reflect the nuances of their markets and products in for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Students present their financial plans in a format that inspires and convinces others to invest in their venture.

Prerequisite: Budgeting course/experience or entry level accounting course

In this fast paced and real world environment, students work in teams to launch a business in an online simulation. They make decisions based on the challenges and difficult decision points that emerge each day. They hire staff, forecast revenue and expenses, buy inventory, create operational procedures, market their services and products, outfit their operation, develop policies and procedures that define their brand, create and manage their finances, and much more. In this online simulation, student entrepreneurial teams make decisions when there is no clear answer and be prepared to pivot in all aspects of their business based on the impact of their actions.

In this culminating experience, student apply the various elements of entrepreneurship to the creation of their own coherent, well-developed business or organization model. Students use a complete toolkit for designing and preparing a venture of their own. They apply the basic customer discovery tools of Design Thinking and the Stanford University-based methodology knows as “Lean Launchpad,” an approach specifically developed for emerging ventures. Students employ this highly structured and disciplined approach to take their ideas all the way to business launch by adopting those logical and creative activities. They go from early customer research to opportunity-based ideation to interrogating business assumptions to arriving at evidence-based financial planning and business development. This prepares students to actually launch their business.

Prerequisite: BUS285, BUS345, BUS385, and BUS425

Value of a Certificate

Certificates bring a high level of focus to a particular area of competencies. In the online Certificate in Entrepreneurship, you’ll learn design thinking and how to develop small businesses and guard against the most common reasons businesses fail.

You may also explore the BS in Business: Entrepreneurship degree.

By Graduation, You’ll Have Skills to:


Application Deadline 7/12/2024

Start Date 7/21/2024

We realize how difficult it can be to start something new, so we make it easy and risk-free to get started. There’s no application fee, and no test scores are needed.

Applicants will need the following to apply:

A completed application
Official transcripts from your high school or all regionally accredited institutions you have attended

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Our dedication to your success starts with making our programs financially accessible. Our cost per credit is just $410 in undergraduate programs. Our Student Financial Services team can work with you one-on-one to provide the information you need regarding the FAFSA®, private loans, grants, outside scholarships, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Explore our frequently asked questions for in-depth answers. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, reach out to us.

Adding a certificate to your degree program gives you specialized knowledge and career-ready skills to launch your business or product idea. Combining this certificate with your degree gives you a powerful skillset to launch your business or product idea in your area of study.

Our application deadlines are on a rolling basis, please visit the Admissions page for start dates and their deadlines.

You’ll complete 15 credits to earn the Entrepreneurship Certificate. View courses now.

Yes, you’ll need to have taken an entry-level accounting course such as Principles of Accounting or Accounting I.

Those who add an Entrepreneurship Certificate to their degree program often plan to launch their business in the area they’re studying in their bachelor’s program or move into product management in that area. Those who take the certificate on their own are looking to form a business plan to launch an idea or to upskill their entrepreneurship abilities to step into product management roles.

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Sources and Disclaimer

  1. Incfile. “47+ Women in Business Statistics.” Retrieved from
  2. What To Become. “20 Compelling Women Entrepreneurs Statistics.” Retrieved from

*An entry-level Accounting course (Principles of Accounting or Accounting 1) is required to take this certificate program.