Entrepreneurism Certificate

Entrepreneurism Certificate

Program Description

The Centennial College Entrepreneurism Certificate program provides the opportunity to examine the ideology of Entrepreneurism. This includes the concepts of innovation, individual ownership and decision-making related to balancing self-interest and social interests. The program will include the examination of historical perspectives of entrepreneurism, analysis of the impacts of entrepreneurism on human development, and consideration of the ethical aspects of entrepreneurial practices. It will also allow students to reflect on their individual abilities related to this. The Certificate should not be viewed as a program for business start-up but rather a philosophical underpinning for understanding the processes involved in applying human resourcefulness to the creation of value to the individual, organizations and communities, both locally and globally. This program provides an opportunity for students to earn an additional credential concurrently.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine the historical, social, and economic contexts in which entrepreneurial concepts are developed.
  • Reflect on personal and professional strengths and abilities that support entrepreneurism.
  • Analyze local and global impact of entrepreneurism on humanity and sustainable development.
  • Identify ethical considerations, leadership skills and strategies pertaining to successful entrepreneurial practices.

Program Outline

GNED-600

Entrepreneurism: The Evolution

This course provides students with an opportunity to study entrepreneurism as a sociological phenomenon. Students will gain a broad, theoretical understanding of entrepreneurship from a historical perspective. Students will investigate why entrepreneurs startup ventures, the evolutionary change in entrepreneurial thinking, and the need for ownership in an entrepreneurial society. This overview course will enable students to understand how innovation and creativity integrate to make a sustainable economic environment.

GNED-601

Entrepreneurism: The Mindset

Innovation and entrepreneurship are becoming increasingly relevant in the 21st century economy and society. This course will help students understand the benefits of entrepreneurial skill development and inspire their entrepreneurial spirit.  Students will examine their entrepreneurial capacity and identify how this relates to their ability to think creatively, problem solve, persist, act ethically, lead, self-motivate, and tolerate risk. By utilizing theoretical frameworks, students will critically analyze and reflect on their personal attributes to enhance their understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset. 

GNED-602

Entrepreneurism: The Impact

In this course, through interactive case studies and debates, students will discover how social entrepreneurs are transforming societies to deliver social impacts on a local and global scale. Students will explore the development of social entrepreneurial enterprise and learn how entrepreneurial concepts (i.e. Stakeholder Theory) are constructed through an examination of historical, social and economic frameworks.  Students will learn about the importance of metrics to quantify social impact to ensure sustainability for social entrepreneurial enterprises and the communities they serve.