About this Program
They say necessity is the mother of invention. Since 2020, a golden age of entrepreneurship has emerged, born out of economic need. According to the Kauffman Foundation, a grantmaking organization focused on advancing entrepreneurship, 30% of new entrepreneurs in 2020 had previously been unemployed. These new entrepreneurial leaders need to know how to create sustainable value and launch ideas, motivate and develop talented people, and champion innovative approaches.
In this program, you'll learn how to craft a compelling pitch to execute your vision. We'll examine all major aspects of founding and operating a business — finance, sales and marketing, human resources and more — and discuss common traits of successful startups, investors and intrapreneurs. We'll also explore key roles within the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem. Finally, you’ll build your own leadership persona.
Anyone who wants to start or operate their own business, join an early stage startup, invest in or advise a new company, pitch a new venture at their current workplace or become a stronger leader.
This is a program for aspiring entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and innovators and has no formal admission requirements. Anyone is encouraged to apply.
Including time in class, you should expect to spend about nine to 11 hours each week on coursework.
If English is not your native language, you should have at least intermediate English skills to enroll. To learn more, see
English Language Proficiency Requirements – Noncredit Programs. International Students
Because this offering is 100% online, no visa is required and international students are welcome to apply. For more information, see
Admission Requirements for International Students. Technology Requirements
Access to a computer with a recent operating system and web browser
High-speed internet connection
Headset and webcam (highly recommended)
Earning the Certificate
You earn a certificate of completion by adhering to the program's
attendance policy and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Earning the Certificate.
Instructor Kia Davis discusses the value of learning how to be an entrepreneur through this program and the holistic set of tools and support it provides.
Play What You’ll Learn
How to refine your vision to design a business model and implement a winning business strategy
Methods for defining customer segments, needs and pain points, and for optimizing sales and marketing channels
Essential skills for budgeting, financial modeling, forecasting, and risk assessment and mitigation
How to understand and navigate the entrepreneurial ecosystem
Insights on your leadership style, personal strengths and areas for improvement, and tips for overcoming common barriers in the workplace
Get Hands-On Experience
Build and pitch your business plan and get guidance and inspiration from established entrepreneurs and investors
Work in small teams to evaluate and support each other's ideas
Reflect on how to leverage your strengths with the guidance of a leadership coach
Earn a Joint UW-WWU Certificate
Offered jointly by UWPCE and Western Washington University Outreach and Continuing Education, the winter offering of this program draws students from counties across western Washington. Once you complete the program, you'll earn a joint UW-WWU certificate.
SCHOLARSHIPS & FUNDING
You may be eligible for a scholarship or funding to cover some of the costs of this program. Please visit the
Scholarships & Funding page to see available opportunities.
Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) Certificate Scholarship is a unique opportunity for students in this program. This scholarship is funded in part by BECU and the Seattle Finance Collective.
After you apply and are accepted into the WEL Certificate program, you'll receive additional information about how to apply for the WEL Certificate Scholarship or the UW Certificate Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career.
Alumni working in field
Amazon, The New York Times, Expedia, The Everett Clinic, Wizards of the Coast, Self-employed/business owner
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