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Starting in 1972, Carnegie Mellon became one of the first academic institutions to offer formal courses in entrepreneurship. These programs were consolidated in 1990 when Donald H. Jones, a well-known entrepreneur and venture capitalist, endowed the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship. From the beginning, the Center has operated with these guiding principles:

  • Entrepreneurship can be taught.
  • It is vitally important to teach entrepreneurship.
  • The best entrepreneurship teachers are proven entrepreneurs and venture investors.
  • The combination of academic rigor and real-world entrepreneurial experience produces excellence in the teaching of entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurial skills and thinking are actively sought by competitive organizations and by individuals who seek the challenge of creating and growing enterprises. Undergraduates in our Entrepreneurship Track access a curriculum that emphasizes creating real business plans, working on other field projects, and gaining access and insight from leaders in the entrepreneurial business community providing them the opportunity to test the theories, models, and strategies learned in the classroom.


  • 70-415 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
    • or 70-414 Intro to Entrepreneurship for Engineers
    • or 70-420 Intro to Entrepreneurship for Scientists
    • or 70-421 Intro to Entrepreneurship for Computer Scientists
  • 70-416 New Venture Creation
  • 70-395 Funding Entrepreneurial Ventures (formerly 70-418)
  •       or 70-397 Introduction to Entrepreneurial Finance
  • 70-481 Marketing Research

Choose two additional courses from the following list

  • 70-321 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
    • or 80-242 Conflict and Dispute Resolution
  • 70-342 Managing Across Cultures
  • 70-397 Introduction to Entrepreneurial Finance
  • 70-419 Entrepreneurship Practicum: The Apprentice
  • 70-430 International Management
  • 70-438 Commercialization and Innovation
  • 70-495 Corporate Finance
  • 70-496 Entrepreneurial Finance: Valuation & Deal Structure

Track Advisor

Dr. Art Boni
John R. Thorne Chair of Entrepreneurship 
Associate Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship
Director, Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship
228F Tepper

Focus on the Track

Spring 2013 Course Highlights

Open Innovation: The New Innovation Framework

(no prerequisites)

Professor Razi Imam

Razi Imam"We will discuss why
great companies fail
to adopt an innovative
culture and how the
changing world of
inventions and
discoveries are
impacting their

Entrepreneurial Finance: Valuation & Deal Structure
(no prerequisites)
 Professor Michael Ewens
Ewens, Michael"Students will gain 
perspective on the way
an investor evaluates a
business plan and thus 
improve their own 
understanding of 
the value they intend
to create."


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