Entrepreneurship


The entrepreneurship minor will teach you to think like a startup founder and creative innovator. You don’t need to have an idea for a startup already. The purpose of the minor is to equip you with entrepreneurial knowledge, tools, and frameworks you can deploy at any point in your career—whether you start a company, join a startup, invest in new ventures, or strive to enact social change. You will gain hands-on experience in elaborating an entrepreneurial idea. The minor is also useful for those looking to apply an entrepreneurial approach to drive innovation in a corporate setting.

With this minor, you’ll prepare for careers that include:

  • Capitalizing on opportunities through the creation of new businesses.
  • Working within startups or large innovative firms.
  • Participating in initiatives to address social and environmental issues.
  • Contributing to entrepreneurial ecosystems through consulting, finance, accounting, law, and policy.

Who’s eligible for the entrepreneurship and innovation minor?


All Cornell undergraduates except students enrolled in Dyson.

How many credits are required?


18 core credits across areas like teams and people, entrepreneurship in practice, perspectives, and guided exploration.

I’m interested. What’s next?


After reviewing the requirements below and our FAQ and policies page, you can begin the process using the Business Minors Dashboard.

Current students:


You can manage your minor and track your progress using the Business Minors Dashboard.


Recommended foundational coursework

Introductory courses in foundational subjects such as microeconomics, accounting, finance, management, marketing, and operations can be helpful in preparing for this minor. While there are no required prerequisites to begin the minor, some courses within the minor may require a specific prerequisite course, so be sure to plan ahead!

Core Requirements

This minor requires coursework in four areas: 1) perspectives, 2) teams and people, 3) entrepreneurship in practice, and 4) guided exploration. It’s recommended that you take the course requirements in sequence (areas 1 through 4) to the extent possible. Please note that 9 credits must be Johnson College of Business (JCB) courses, which include any course code of AEM, HADM, NBA, or NCC.

A letter grade of a C or better is required. Substitutions are not allowed for areas 1 through 3.  Courses may not be double counted across categories.

Students may not “double count” courses that overlap with the other business minors – the courses you choose may only count toward one minor.

*Effective Spring 2023 – NBA 3000 and AEM 3249 are considered forbidden overlaps (course catalogue update in progress). Students may not take both courses.

*Effective Fall 2023 – If you have already taken AEM 4200: Dilemmas in Founding New Ventures, you should not enroll in the revised and newly named AEM 2220: Dilemmas in Entrepreneurship (previously “Foundational Perspectives & Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship”) as they are now considered forbidden overlaps.