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Courses and Programs in Entrepreneurship at Queen's

The course and program offerings on entrepreneurship at Queen’s are expanding.

Whether you are a prospective student, current student or already have a degree, entrepreneurial courses and programs are available for you at Queen’s. The Queen's Innovation Connector (QIC) has supported the development of many of these courses and programs, including the Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the ECE Innovation Stream, CHEE310, CISC490 and the Entrepreneurial Internship option. 

I am a prospective Queen’s student interested in engineering and entrepreneurship

Electrical and Computer Engineering Innovation Stream

You know that Electrical & Computer Engineering is your passion. You are innovative and your sights are set on a career or future study.

Consider Queen’s Electrical & Computer Innovation Stream, focused on developing entrepreneurial skills, alongside the in-depth, world-class technical education that is the hallmark of Queen’s Engineering.

I am completing or have already earned my undergraduate degree and I want to pursue entrepreneurship at the graduate level

Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Queen's 

Queen’s Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is designed to develop effective leaders in highly entrepreneurial and innovative career pursuits. Graduates leave the program ready to handle any entrepreneurial endeavour from the formation of a startup, to social innovation, to innovation within a corporate environment.

I am a current student interested in taking a course in entrepreneurship

Courses on Entrepreneurship at Queen's 


Fundamentals of Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship

CHEE 310

This is a course about innovation – distinctive ideas, of value, put to practice – and entrepreneurship – the process of putting to practice and sustaining the implementation of innovations – for societal benefit and wealth creation. Curiosity of the world around us is emphasized for identifying opportunities to have an impact and make a difference, to which a discipline is imposed - one that identifies who might be interested in or benefit from our product or service, and how we can bring an idea to fruition and provide the necessary resources (e.g., financial, intellectual) to provide it to society. Legal aspects (e.g., incorporation, partnerships), raising capital, and protecting the strategic advantage of intellectual property (e.g., patents, trade secrets) are discussed, together with the importance of having a social license to operate. The concept of a business model, summarized using the business model canvas methodology, is presented, together with the concept of a business plan describing how a venture will be operated over a time horizon. For-profit and not-for-profit ventures, and the elements of the business models for each, are studied and compared. Financial metrics for assessing the viability of ventures and guiding investment decisions are presented (e.g., IRR, NPV, EBITDA). Systems Thinking (recognizing the whole/parts and that which is common/distinct) is introduced. Design Thinking – a human-centered design emphasizing observation and experimentation gaining traction in engineering, business and social sciences – is presented. Working in groups, students identify a venture opportunity having a technological component, and propose a business model and plan as the major evaluation in the course. 

​Innovation and Entrepreneurship

CISC490 Section 2

This interdisciplinary course provides an overview of the essential steps involved in starting and running your own business. Students from science, engineering, business and the creative arts will work together in teams to develop a product concept to meet a defined customer need, then develop a business case that they will present and be evaluated on. External speakers drawn from local and regional start-up companies, government agencies, and business associations will not only cover the various aspects of the business plan (target market potential, competition, pricing, financial model, financing, marketing plan, operating plan, company structure, etc.) but will also share their start-up stories, and become mentors to the student teams. It is open to any fourth-year students who are highly motivated to start their own businesses.

Recognizing that companies with greater diversity are more successful, women and students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This course features a positive, supportive environment where creativity, collaboration, and communication are key to success.

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

COMM 305

The course introduces students to small business, what it means to be an entrepreneur, and the concepts of entrepreneurship.  Key assignments in the course include case discussions, first hand interaction with entrepreneurs, and an opportunity assessment (the pre-cursor to a business plan).

I am a student with an existing venture and I want to pursue my venture as a QUIP internship

QUIP Entrepreneurial Internship

The Queen’s University Internship Program (QUIP) is generally a 12-16 month, full-time, paid, professional internship opportunity with an employer – students participate in the program after 3rd year and must return to Queen’s to complete their degree after the internship.

A new stream, the QUIP-Entrepreneurial Stream option, allows you to pursue your current venture over the course of the academic year, while earning internship credits that lead towards the ‘with Professional Internship’ degree designation upon graduation.

If you are interested in the program or have any questions, please contact: quip@queensu.ca