Foundations of Entrepreneurship | Arts and Science ONLINE

Foundations of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs writing down ideas.
ENIN 200/3.0

This course will cover frameworks used to evaluate how disruptive and incremental innovations bring about changes in the market, and in society, by prompting new business models, technologies, and paradigms.  Through online lectures and entrepreneurial exercises that focus on specific real-world opportunities, you will learn about the foundational concepts required to understand the dynamics of today’s multi-sided markets and how to tap into, and execute, the innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities they make possible. 

Drawing on the most current and best practices in entrepreneurial training in and around the world, course topics will include:

  • design and systems thinking
  • value propositions
  • customer empathy
  • the business model canvas
  • agile project and risk management
  • venture financing
  • intellectual property management
  • corporate responsibilities and culture

You will practice generating ideas that form the basis for potential new businesses and social initiatives, and then learn how to transform those ideas into business pitches – the feasibility of which the class will assess collaboratively.  

This course is part of the Queen’s Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Creativity. The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certificate is the first of its kind, bringing together nine different Faculties, Schools, Departments and service units. Housed within the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Dan School of Drama and Music, this certificate was designed to allow students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and to execute intrapreneurial innovation. Students will have the opportunity to study and practice skills in marketing and promotion as well as finance and business planning. Through a variety of interdisciplinary courses, students will be challenged to brainstorm, research, design, and present a new product or service to peers, end users, leadership teams, potential investors and to online and digital publics.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the fall term

Learning Outcomes

After completing ENIN 200, students will be better equipped to:

  • Differentiate between various approaches to corporate and social innovation, including public sector and social service innovation.
  • Apply new approaches to solving business and social problems, including observing and mapping systems with greater clarity, diagnosing issues, experimenting, iterative and developing flexibility in thinking and action.
  • Demonstrate active listening skills to articulate effective communication with peers and consider their perspective on diverse issues.
  • Analyze innovative ideas and identify windows of opportunity where innovation is likely to succeed.
  • Gather, organize and summarize information necessary to reframe a design problem as an entrepreneurial opportunity.
  • Formulate and communicate ideas using rapid prototyping, brainstorming, and visual storytelling tools to generate business models and concept designs.


In this course, learners will acquire the theory and applied skills needed to create and execute an innovation – a distinctive idea of value put to practice. Learners will discover theoretical and applied knowledge on the economics and organizational dimensions of innovation and entrepreneurship. Learners will be challenged to apply principles, concepts and frameworks to real world situations. 

This course will cover frameworks used to evaluate how disruptive and incremental innovations bring about changes in the world by prompting new business models, technologies, and paradigms. Additionally, this course will explain the foundational concepts required to understand the dynamics of today’s multi-sided markets and how to tap into the innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities they make possible. These concepts will be accomplished through online lessons that discuss specific real-world companies, organizations, and initiatives.

Learners will then practice generating ideas that form the basis for potential new businesses and social initiatives. They will practice transforming those ideas through market research, into business pitches – the feasibility of which the class will assess collaboratively. As a result, when learners complete this course they will have a firm grasp on the foundational strategies they need to launch their own entrepreneurial venture and/or successfully innovate within an existing organization.

Note: When you search on SOLUS for this course, please use "Entrepreneur & Innov - Ugrad" for the Subject.


Fall 2020
Course Dates: 
Sept. 8 - Dec. 7, 2020
Exam Dates: 


5% - Team Building Activity & Discussion
5% - Quizzes (7 quizzes required out of 10)
55% - Pitches (x2)
15% - Proctored Midterm Exam
20% - Proctored Final Exam

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Live Sessions

This course has optional live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities).

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc. during the exam period.

Examity Statement

When you enrol in this online course, you are agreeing to write tests, quizzes, and block theory exams online with remote proctoring. The benefits of this are that you can complete the exam in your own space using your own computer. For each assessment, you will be using exam software developed at Queen’s, which is integrated with an online proctoring system. To ensure a successful exam experience, you are responsible for ensuring that your computer meets the Evaluation and Grading Policies.

8 minimum technical requirements, as described on the course web page, and that you are located in an area with sufficient high speed internet at the time of the exam. You will be given the opportunity to practice the exam initiation process in advance of any quizzes, tests or exams that require the use of this software


Professor Greg Bavington, P.Eng (

Instructor message

Greg is currently the Special Advisor to the Provost, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the Executive Director of the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre.  The DDQIC is tasked with developing, delivering and coordinating several innovation and entrepreneurship programs both on the Queen’s campus, and in the greater Eastern Ontario region. He holds adjunct appointments in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, the Smith School of Business and the Dan School of Drama and Music.

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week (120 hours per term) on this course.

Course Resources


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Computer Requirements

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System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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