Launch and Lead Your Own Business Venture
Next start date:
January 12, 2019
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.
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Theory & Practice of Entrepreneurial Leadership I
Theory & Practice of Entrepreneurial Leadership II
Certificate in Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership
Approved by the UW Foster School of Business.
Join an upcoming information session to learn more about the program, curriculum and instructors.
Tue, Dec 18 at 12 p.m. – Online
“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 »
Download the application form (PDF)
Complete your application and submit the materials listed in step 1, along with your $50 nonrefundable application fee.
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until Saturday, December 29, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, or until the program fills, whichever comes first.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on how to register and pay your course fees. Payment is due no later than two days before your first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
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