Entrepreneurship and Innovation


The entrepreneurship and innovation minor will teach you how to think like an entrepreneur and creative innovator. There is no expectation that you’ll have your own startup ideas or that you want to become a business founder; the minor is not exclusively about ideation or the practical aspects of starting a company. Instead, it offers a more general approach to stimulate entrepreneurial thinking and problem solving. This minor is also useful for those interested in becoming intrapreneurs and looking to learn how 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?


17 core credits across areas like teams and people, entrepreneurship in practice, perspectives, and guided exploration. *This reflects updates to the minor as of April 2020.

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.

All core courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. If a core course is taken online, it must be a Cornell University online course in order to count toward the minor. Substitutions are not allowed for areas 1 through 3.  Courses may not be double counted across categories.