Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Online Minor

Learn the art of creating business solutions and ideas

Innovation often means two things in the business world: launching a new venture or developing a new idea for an existing organization. To be successful at either, you need the ability to recognize business opportunities, the skills to secure funding, and the insights to manage the commercialization of the business opportunity.

As a student in Oregon State University’s undergraduate minor in innovation and entrepreneurship online, you’ll learn how to seize market opportunities through the creation and commercialization of new ideas. This program — offered online by Oregon State’s AACSB-accredited College of Business — will equip you with the entrepreneurial mindset and skills necessary to build a successful career in any industry that relies on creative, strategic and innovative thinking.


The curriculum in the innovation and entrepreneurship minor covers topics such as new venture financing, iterate and go-to-market skills, technology and innovation management. Learn from expert College of Business faculty members in online classes that emphasize real-life business projects and a flagship business competition.

Curriculum details and minor requirements are available on Oregon State’s academic catalog.

Choose a focus area to tailor your studies to your interests

This program gives you the option to choose from two focus areas related to innovation and entrepreneurship. Focus areas are suggested, optional course combinations that you can select based on your interests and professional goals. 

Creativity and innovation
This focus area emphasizes creativity, ideation, and identifying and developing innovative business opportunities in any type of organization.

Venture creation and growth
This program pathway focuses on commercializing identified opportunities and scaling new ventures or entrepreneurial projects within existing organizations.

More information on each focus area is available on the academic catalog.

Sample course topics

  • Innovation management
  • Ideation and creative thinking
  • Venture management
  • Design thinking and process innovation
  • Technology commercialization

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by OSU's world-class faculty, who are renowned for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • OSU Ecampus is consistently ranked among the nation’s 10 best providers of online education according to U.S. News & World Report.