Santa Clara University

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship to Expand in 2008-09 Academic Year


Beginning this fall, Santa Clara’s entrepreneurship curriculum will expand to include a Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship (CTE). Taught by the distinguished faculty of SCU’s nationally ranked Leavey School of Business, this intensive full-time program provides a comprehensive educational opportunity unique within Silicon Valley.

Students participating in the CTE program will receive the rigorous academic curriculum, extensive Silicon Valley networking opportunities, and real-world experiences critical to the launch of successful ventures. Tailored by leading venture capitalists and entrepreneurs to complement SCU’s Jesuit values of competence, conscience and compassion, the CTE builds skills that will provide significant returns over the course of an entrepreneurial career.

“I think it’s important that entrepreneurship be conveyed as a way of thinking as well as a way of acting,” says Michael Morris, Witting Chair in Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University and an adviser in the development of Santa Clara’s CTE program. “When you talk about the kind of entrepreneurial competencies we’re trying to develop in students─the ability to recognize opportunity, the guerilla skills, the ability to leverage resources, the ability to mitigate risk─those are the competencies that experiential learning is especially effective at conveying…I think it affects how students look at their lives, how they look at their careers, and how they look at themselves.”

CTE students will also benefit from the innovative design and up-to-the-minute technologies of the program’s home base in Lucas Hall, the beautiful new home of the Leavey School of Business.

“Like many Silicon Valley workplaces, Lucas Hall provides informal collaborative areas, as well as formal meeting spaces, all with a high degree of ‘connectivity’─whether it is connecting to the internet or to each other via videoconferencing,” says Barry Posner, dean of the Leavey School of Business. “The building and its technology were designed to make our collective examination of ideas as powerful as it is in today’s business environments.”

CTE courses scheduled for the 2008-09 academic year include Business Planning (fall quarter), Integrated Product Development (winter quarter) and The Technology Entrepreneur as a Leader and Innovator (spring quarter). For more information and access to the program’s online application, visit

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