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Graduate Certificate In Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Jump-Start Your Startup

Follow your passion. Be your own boss. Launch your startup.

Elmhurst’s graduate certificate in innovation and entrepreneurship is designed for students interested in:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Intrapreneurship (the process of being innovative within an existing organization)

The program focuses on developing the skills necessary to create and implement new ideas for businesses or new ventures within existing businesses.

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Program Format

This part-time program features our signature EU Flex class format. You choose how you want to experience the class—100% online, onsite at our campus in Chicago’s western suburbs, or a blend of both. Webinars are recorded, so you can view them on your schedule.

Required Courses

Students must complete four courses. Each course is eight weeks in length. The program can be completed in one year.

  • MIE 500 New Venture Formulation
  • MIE 501 Entrepreneur Sales and Marketing
  • MIE 502 Innovation Management
  • MIE 503 Seminar in Entrepreneurship

How to Apply

To apply for the graduate certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, start the online graduate application. The application deadline for the Fall Term is August 15.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission at (630) 617-3400 or

Program Highlights

Experienced Faculty and Mentors

At Elmhurst, you will learn from faculty who have launched businesses of their own, including Mark Heintz, founder of X9Y Consulting Group, Michael Medema, CEO and founder of Keono, and Frank LaRose, president of BytingEdge, Inc. You’ll also learn from Program Director Bruce Fischer, who brings years of management expertise to the role.

Tap Into Elmhurst’s E-celerator

Boost your entrepreneurial spirit through guidance, coaching and mentoring from our Entrepreneur in Residence, Patrick Yanahan. In addition, the Elmhurst Entrepreneurs Initiative features a speaker series and many other opportunities to network and exchange ideas.

Innovation DuPage

The Innovation DuPage logo.Innovation DuPage (ID) is a business incubator serving DuPage County, Illinois. Its mission is to unite startup founders and small business owners with the people, resources and programs that help them grow. As an academic partner, Elmhurst and its students have access to ID facilities, services and more.


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