Launch and Lead Your Own Business Venture
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The number of female-owned businesses in the United States has soared in recent years. One major study found that the number of these companies increased five times faster than overall business growth between 2007 and 2016. As Angela Braly, the former CEO of WellPoint Health Networks, once said, "The most important factor in determining whether you will succeed isn't your gender, it's you. Be open to opportunity and take risks.”
This certificate program explores the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship that are paramount for success in today’s business climate. You’ll learn what makes for a compelling vision and how to craft a business plan to execute on that vision. We’ll examine all major aspects of founding and operating a business — finance, sales and marketing, HR, management and more — and discuss common traits of successful startups.
Women who want to start or operate their own small or mid-sized business, or those who want join an existing early-stage company.
This is a program for aspiring entrepreneurs, with no formal admission requirements. Students at all levels are encouraged to apply.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed internet connection.
You earn the certificate by adhering to the program's attendance policy and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Earning the Certificate.
You’ll complete a group project to create a business plan for a startup you would like to build, and receive feedback from established business investors.
“The UW program gave me a lot of connections, which is very useful. It’s given me a powerful voice in the industry.”
Enjoy a blend of in-person classes and online study. You’ll learn with the same group of students throughout the program, getting ample opportunity to connect with each other and your instructors. Learn More »
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