University of Portland Bulletin 2017-2018

Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate Program

Peter Rachor, director

Certificate Outcomes

The program in technology entrepreneurship is jointly delivered by the University of Portland and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).This program may be taken as a stand-alone certificate program or as part of an individual’s M.B.A degree program. Students are provided with a variety of opportunities to learn commercialization skills and with exposure to the region’s entrepreneurship community in an environment that combines practice and theory. Over the course of a year, students will participate in and experience the entire spectrum of the commercialization process, starting with invention and product development, to technical and market feasibility analysis, through intellectual property acquisition and business planning, and culminating with venture funding and product launch.

Learning Goals and Objectives for the Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate Program

Students who successfully complete the requirements for the technology entrepreneurship certificate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate skilled analysis of new technology markets.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts essential for successful technology, entrepreneurship from the fields of finance, law, marketing, strategy and management.
  3. Formulate and present a comprehensive commercialization plan for a new technology.

Admission requirements

Applicants for the technology entrepreneurship certificate should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of Portland. All applicants must submit a personal statement of interest in the program and two letters of recommendation.

Certificate Requirements

The program requires one calendar year and 12 semester credits. It provides a unique experiential learning opportunity for a small cohort of select graduate students. Training in the commercialization of technology is provided with the expectation that new ventures will be started by those completing the program. Courses include: Introduction to the Commercialization of Technology; External Programs and Networking; Technology, Entrepreneurship and Law; Management and Commercialization of Technology; and Technology Practicum. Courses for this program have been approved by the OHSU School of Medicine Graduate Council and the University of Portland.

Degree Requirements

Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate Program — 12 hours

BUS 575Introduction to Commercializaton of Technology


BUS 576External Programs and Networking


BUS 577Technology, Entrepreneurship and Law


BUS 578/BME 578Management of Technology for Life Science


BUS 579Technology Practicum