Entrepreneurship Management

Ontario College Graduate Certificate | Code: 1310

About the program

Entrepreneurs come from many different backgrounds, with diverse expertise and interests. This program is designed to enable prospective entrepreneurs to be "track ready" to successfully start, take over, or purchase a business. Students also develop the knowledge and skills to manage and grow a small business. Throughout this graduate certificate program, students are presented with typical business challenges and apply proven methods to overcome them. An important element of the program is helping candidates to "start-up" a professional network, which they can use to grow and develop their venture and its success. The program follows our unique design structure, the "New Venture Pyramid", which encompasses four levels of learning: Bootcamp, New Venture Development, Incubation and Launch. As students progress through the new venture development process, they work directly with a personal business coach and a network of professional advisors and entrepreneurs.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • A two- or three-year diploma or a degree from an accredited college or university OR at least two years of experience in a business setting.

Note re: admission requirements

  • Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
  • We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Submit proof of admission requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Program requirements

  • A significant component of the program requires students to be self-directed learners.

Graduate opportunities

Graduates are primarily oriented toward starting a business venture or managing a small- to medium-sized business operation. The program is also ideally suited for individuals who operate a family enterprise. Some graduates may want to apply their entrepreneurial knowledge and skills in larger, established organizations, including for-profit and not-for-profit or social enterprises.

On average, 88% of graduates from the last three years (2013 to 2015) found employment within six months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

Program outcomes

  • Develop, present, and analyze a comprehensive business plan adapted to the enterprise that adheres to professional standards and practices.
  • Assess and use current concepts/systems and technologies to support business initiatives.
  • Develop strategies for implementing effective marketing plans that reflect an analysis of relevant resources and practices of an enterprise.
  • Use accounting and financial principles to support the management and operations of an enterprise.
  • Select sales and customer service strategies and apply them to the needs of an enterprise.
  • Apply a range of human resource practices that support and promote small business objectives and goals and optimize all functional areas of a small business operation.
  • Implement principles of supply chain management and operations management and analyze their impact on the operations of a small business.
  • Conduct small business activities and transactions in compliance with pertinent legislation, policies, health and safety and other regulations, professional and business standards, as well as tax, insurance and other fiscal requirements.
  • Promote principles of sustainability and corporate social responsibility that apply to small business initiatives.
  • Prepare and follow a plan for ongoing personal and professional development to establish and maintain entrepreneurial networking and business relationships and opportunities.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate projects by applying project management principles to support the operation and management of a small business.
  • Use market research to optimize the operation of a small business.
  • Select and implement risk management strategies to support all aspects of the operation of a small business.

Program contact

Continuing Education
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Fall Registration: July 8, 2019
Winter Registration: November 4, 2019