The Technological Entrepreneurship Certificate (TEC) program is offered by the Faculty of Engineering to provide undergraduate students with a general introduction to business, entrepreneurship and law. The certificate program will be of interest to students planning to start their own technology-based business or to those considering a career in management, sales, engineering, or research within a small business or an entrepreneurial company of any size.
Students in the TEC program will take complementary courses in economics, accounting, general management, law, communications, and entrepreneurship, and each student will prepare and present at least one group technology-based business plan. Students are also encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities to further develop their leadership potential.
Students may apply to enter the program only after completing the second year of the BESc program, or with permission from the Faculty of Engineering. However, as part of their regular degree program, students may complete some of the required courses prior to acceptance into the formal program. As applicable, some courses may be used to fulfill other degree requirements (i.e., non-technical electives).
Enrollment in the program and some courses may be limited and some courses may be restricted to students formally enrolled in the program. Furthermore, some students may need to take an additional term or year, or take summer courses as available.
Progression and Graduation Requirements
To successfully complete the Certificate program, students must complete a degree program including all required courses (or approved equivalents, with special permission) listed below:
In addition, each student must take at least 0.5 three-lecture-hour course on business/technology law chosen from a list of courses approved and provided by the Faculty of Engineering each year.
Courses that currently fulfill this requirement include Management and Organizational Studies 2275A/B and Computer Science 3325A/B, and both MOS and Computer Science have agreed to accept Certificate students into these courses. Other courses will be considered on an annual or individual basis.