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The Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship began offering its new certificate program in entrepreneurship in the fall of 2013. This certificate program, open to all Montclair State University students, is comprised of three highly interactive, rigorous and experiential courses. The program will expose students to a process that strengthens their innovative and creative capacities, and that enables them to apply these attributes to the enterprise creation protocol and toward the development of viable business models/solutions.
In the first course, "Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation," students will form multidisciplinary E-teams by choosing among a set of real-life problems. The respective E-teams will be developed based on students’ common interests. During this experiential phase, the E-teams will be charged with developing market-focused and solutions-oriented responses to these and related economic and social problems. The E-teams will work with instructors, visiting entrepreneurs and /or expert mentors, assigned according to the focus of their projects.
In the second course, "Creating Your Startup Business Model," and third course, "Preparing to Pitch and Launch Your Startup," the student teams will take a “deep dive” into the business modeling and validation process. They may continue to develop the original or faculty-generated ideas and business solutions identified in the first course, or they may work on their own concepts. In this portion of the certificate program, the teams can be formed in a variety of ways. Teams formed in the first course may remain together, students may solicit interest by fellow classmates in working on their projects or the instructors may suggest possible groupings.
In each case, students will be paired with expert mentors who will assist them in identifying the technology, business model or other resources they need while on campus – e.g., access to labs, equipment, 3-D printers, finance and accounting advice, etc., or if necessary, help them locate those resources externally. Outside of the classroom, students may participate in various meet-ups organized by or identified through the Center and its many stakeholders. The capstone of the Certificate Program will be the formal presentation of the teams’ business ideas – its pitch – to a jury of entrepreneurs and potential investors. Students who complete all three courses will receive a Certificate of Entrepreneurship.