Tangent, Trinity's Ideas Workspace offers an Undergraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

The course aims to develop the core innovation and enterprise skills in the Trinity undergraduate student population. It is practically oriented with a specific emphasis on experiential learning and project work. Graduates of this course will gain an additional qualification to their undergraduate degree.

It is open to Senior Fresh and Junior Sophister Trinity students from any discipline. The course is delivered in a blended format with a mixture of online and in-person classes in the evenings.

The HCI funds our Undergraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Introduction Video ~ Undergraduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The Undergraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a Level 7 (10 ECTS) programme delivered on a part time basis available to 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students registered at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.

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Programme Overview

The Undergraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a Level 7 (10 ECTS) programme delivered on a part time basis available to 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students registered at Trinity. The programme will foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within the undergraduate student population and the development of the core skills of innovation and enterprise. It will be practically oriented with a specific emphasis on project work and problem based learning. Students will develop the soft skills essential to any entrepreneur or intrapreneur.

Module One: Creative Thinking (5 ECTS)

Michaelmas Term
This module incorporates idea generation, validation, problem solving and communication.
Workshop: Design Thinking
Online: What is innovation?
Online: Theories of creativity and design
Online: Rapid idea generation and insight
Online: Storyboarding and idea mapping
Online: Design Thinking & doing
Online: Communicating your idea
Online: The entrepreneurial journey
Workshop: Understanding team roles
Workshop: Resolving conflict in teams
Workshop: Design Thinking
Multidisciplinary Team Project: Designing an innovative solution to a real world problem

Module Two: Entrepreneurial Action (5 ECTS)

Hilary Term
This module incorporates opportunity identification, business model identification and market analysis
Online: Traits of the Entrepreneur
Online: Idea to implementation
Online: Opportunity Mapping/Need Finding
Online: Market analysis / Feasibility testing
Online: Marketing strategy
Online: Types of Enterprises
Online: Entrepreneurial Impact
Workshop: Intellectual Property
Workshop: Finance
Workshop: The Lean Business Canvas / Value Proposition Multidisciplinary
Team Project: Product/Service Market Analysis

Programme Benefits

When combined, innovation and entrepreneurship give rise to new ideas, products, processes and services. Student entrepreneurs participating in this programme will learn how to think creatively, identify prospective business opportunities and develop business models to support their development.

The programme will enable undergraduate students to be innovative and entrepreneurial in their approach to problem solving and addressing national, international and societal issues related to their discipline and beyond. Delivered by academics and industry professionals with international profile, the programme aims to combine theoretical concepts underpinning innovation and entrepreneurship with practical industry expertise.

Academic Staff / Contributors

Dr Daniel Rogers
Dr Mike Wride
Jonathan Bannister
Andrew Keogh

What Previous Students Say

Vahe Sasunts
Computer Science, Trinity

If you’re in any way considering it you should just go for it, you have nothing to lose. In computer science especially, design thinking plays a big role. We wouldn’t cover it in our course, but a lot of what we do in terms of reiterating and recompiling so to speak revolves around design thinking.