Carnegie Mellon University


Integrative Design, Arts, and Technology

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Innovation & Entrepreneurship is for thinkers, dreamers, problem solvers, and realists. Students quickly learn the myth of the lone creative genius is just that, a myth, and the most transformative ideas and viable businesses come from creativity and repeatable innovation processes, business strategies and models, focused work, and a commitment to tackling real-world problems to bring value to people and the market. Through multidisciplinary coursework and a diverse cadre of faculty experts in business, technology, engineering, and design you will learn how to research, ideate, visualize, and strategize taking an idea or venture forward from multiple perspectives and collaborations. You can expect to expand as a critical thinker while adding hard and soft skills in your toolkit through hands-on learning experiences.

Specifically, you will take courses that emphasize

  • Experiential learning through real-world problems, scenarios, case studies, etc.
  • Critical thinking skills to understand problems, analyze strategies, determine approaches
  • Multidisciplinary teamwork and collaboration
  • Innovation processes, business models, strategies, and approaches
  • 2D and 3D prototyping and visualizing of concepts and solutions

The minor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship is offered by the Tepper School of Business as part of IDeATe.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Minor

Prerequisite Course

  • 73-102 Principles of Microeconomics (prerequisite for 70-438 Commercialization and Innovation)

One Innovation & Entrepreneurial Mindset Course

  • 70-246 Innovation & Entrepreneurial Mindset

One Portal Course

For students without prior Design or Product Design experience:
  • 15-294 Rapid Prototyping Technologies or
  • 15-394 Intermediate Rapid Prototyping or
  • 51-236 Information Design or
  • 62-478 digiTOOL
For students without prior programming or computing experience:
  • 15-104 Introduction to Computing for Creating Practice

One Entrepreneurship Course

  • 70-415 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship

One Venture Creation Course

  • 70-395 Funding Entrepreneurial Ventures
  • 70-416 New Venture Creation

one innovation process course

  • 70-438 Commercialization and Innovation

one product development course

  • 49-300 Integrated Product Conceptualization or
  • 49-313 Designing for the Internet of Things

One Practice/Experience Component

Additional course options as available. Please check IDeATe Courses for the options for the current and upcoming semester.
Double-counting: Students may double-count up to two of their IDeATe minor courses for other requirements.