Open to all VCU undergraduate students, the Certificate in Venture Creation focuses on developing a multidisciplinary mindset for successful entrepreneurialism and venture creation. Students participating in the program will hone understandings of the challenges, skills and resources necessary for venture creation, and through an immersive culmination experience, integrate these understandings around conceiving, planning and implementing a real venture.

Learning outcomes

The VCU Certificate in Venture Creation enables students to learn and do entrepreneurship. Students participating in this program will:

  1. Develop cross-disciplinary venture creation models
  2. Effectively identify and address strategies
  3. Apply venture creation skills to create, plan and implement a venture
  4. Effectively communicate verbally and in writing

The Certificate in Venture Creation program runs concurrently with a student’s major and is not a stand-alone program. Students should apply to the program during or after taking the introductory course, INNO   200. Interested students should submit their application to the VCU da Vinci Center, which administers the certificate program. Upon acceptance to the certificate program, a Change of Major form will be signed by the student and submitted to Records and Registration by the VCU da Vinci Center.

The certificate requires a minimum of 13 credit hours of approved course work as follows:

INNO   200Introduction to Innovation and Venture Creation1
VNTR   300Venture Creation Skills3
VNTR   460Venture Creation Project3
Two discipline-specific electives (school approved 300- or 400-level courses; refer to the electives list below)6
Total Hours13

Sample outline (classes taken in conjunction with major course work)

Year one
Fall semesterHours
INNO   200 Introduction to Innovation and Venture Creation 1
 Term Hours: 1
Spring semester
VNTR   300 Venture Creation Skills 3
One discipline-specific elective 3
 Term Hours: 6
Year two
Fall semester
One discipline-specific elective 3
 Term Hours: 3
Spring semester
VNTR   460
Venture Creation Project
or Creative Disruption
 Term Hours: 3
 Total Hours: 13


The approved list of electives is as follows:

For students pursuing a major in the School of the Arts
ARTS   350The Creative Economy3
ARTS   351Piloting the Enterprise3
ARTS   352Idea Accelerator3
For students pursuing a major in the School of Business
BUSN   400Principles of Consulting3
FIRE   313Financial Management for Small Business3
MGMT   321Survey of Entrepreneurship3
MGMT   422Managing the Family Firm3
For students pursuing a major in the School of Engineering
CMSC   451
CMSC   452
Senior Project
and Senior Project
EGRB   401
EGRB   402
Biomedical Engineering Senior Design Studio
and Biomedical Engineering Senior Design Studio
ENGR   402
ENGR   403
Senior Design Studio (Seminar)
and Senior Design Studio (Seminar)
All other students
ACCT   202Accounting for Non-business Majors3
ARTS   350The Creative Economy3
ECON   203Introduction to Economics3
FIRE   311Financial Management3
MGMT   321Survey of Entrepreneurship3
MKTG   301Marketing Principles3

The program director for venture creation will approve all course work intended to satisfy any elective requirements for the undergraduate Certificate in Venture Creation.

For more information, contact the student services coordinator for the VCU da Vinci Center at (804) 827-3764 or email