Certificate Information for Students
If you're interested in working towards the Innovation & Entrepreneurship certificate, here's how to get started!
- Talk to your advisor or visit your college's student success center
- Look at the table of approved courses
- Print out the I&E packet so you can track your progress!
- Email email@example.com if you have any questions and to submit your application!
- Don't wait until your last semester to start filling out your packet! Submit early to gain initial approval from the I&E committee.
What to submit:
- Create an electronic portfolio consisting of the following:
- Cover letter for application
- Plan of study template
- 1-3 page summary describing each of your I&E activities (for fulfillment of the evidence requirements)
- Time sheet for each activity (weekly hourly estimate of time spent on project)
- Submit these to the I&E committee via firstname.lastname@example.org
- The plan of study will give initial approval to your plan for the I&E certificate. This will guide your planning for courses and I&E activity to meet the certificate requirements.
- If you alter your plan, you must resubmit the amended plan.
- The plan can be submitted at anytime prior to or with the application. It is encouraged however that students submit their plan prior to engaging in the first I&E experience.
- The I&E certificate requires evidence of innovative and entrepreneurial activity.
By definition, these activities must be directed by the student with all or a majority
of the activity taking place outside of traditional classroom, instructor-driven settings.
The requirements for achieving 6 hours equivalent experience are the following:
- Required to be two distinct activities (maximum 3 equivalent credit hours assigned to any one activity)
- The activity must include innovative effort, entrepreneurial effort, or both. Possible
- Competing in innovation or entrepreneurship type contests, such as the Eagle Works Competition
- Independent research, presented at a public forum
- Starting a small business based on an innovative idea
- Taking part in an organized program to mentor and train young innovators or entrepreneurs (for example Launch TN programs)
- Document a minimum of 126 hours for each of the two activities (252 total hours)
- One activity (3 equivalent hours) must include working on a interdisciplinary team, where interdisciplinary means working with peers outside your degree department (EX: nursing students working with engineering students)