The Essentials of Entrepreneurship Certificate covers the essentials of starting or buying, marketing, operating, growing, and selling a business. The four courses necessary to achieve this certificate are taught by seasoned and practicing entrepreneurs to give you the practical experience you need to be successful in entrepreneurship.

Recipients of this certificate will be prepared with strategy and tactical tools to tame the journey of entrepreneurship. This series of courses are founded and taught by practicing and seasoned entrepreneurs with passion to impart the valuable lessons only learned from experience. Leveraging guest speakers, in-class exercises and Harvard Business Review case studies to teach through practical experience has proven to be the most effective way of readying someone to start and run a business.

Earning this certificate will represent a standard of knowledge useful when seeking financing, joining business partnerships, and requesting intrapreneurship opportunities within a corporation. Beyond the tangible materials you will leave the program with, you will have a network of fellow entrepreneurs that will help support and guide you through your journey.

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The curriculum currently contains four courses covering all the essentials building blocks of being a successful entrepreneur.

  • Essentials of Starting a Business
  • Essentials of Operating and Growing a Business
  • Essentials of Marketing a Business
  • Essentials of Buying and Selling a Business

Taking these courses will drastically improve your ability to effectively start and run your own business. This certificate applies to all industries as the entrepreneurial mindset is a valuable tool when you are breaking out on your own, taking over the family business, or working within a business

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) for the Essentials of Entrepreneurship Certificate Program is up to $2,250.

Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of 10 working days before class starts. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline are subject to a 10% processing fee and must be made in writing to If books have been issued, the cost of the books and any shipping fees will be deducted. Refunds for credit card payments will be processed as credits to the accounts from which they were paid and may not appear as a credit until the following statement. Refunds for enrollments paid by check take up to four weeks to be processed and mailed by the Rice University accounting office. There is a $30 charge for any check returned for insufficient funds.


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