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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Study in Innovation and Entrepreneurship prepares students to become entrepreneurial leaders who can transform innovative ideas into positive impact. They develop the mindsets, tools, and practical skills to disrupt our ways of ‘doing’ business, community, and policy with purpose. Students have the opportunity not only to collaborate with peers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to creatively solve real-world problems, but also to apply their learning in a range of areas that includes launching new ventures, product and service development, social and technological innovation for sustainability, music festivals and arts event management, and digital games. With the help of design thinking, agile project management, and experiential learning focused on innovators’ skills and actions, they develop a critical understanding of the grand challenges we are facing and learn to operate resiliently under ambiguity and uncertainty. Leveraging a pool of cross-faculty units and co-curricular activities like the start-up programs Genesis and Incubate, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship major facilitates diverse student project groups, co-creation and actual venture-building. Regardless of whether students seek to launch their own for-profit or social venture or to join an existing organisation as ‘intrapreneurs,’ they develop crucial future-of-work skills such as creativity, innovation management, and experience design. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship major brings together a multidisciplinary cohort of undergraduate students, academics, and practitioners to spark and drive innovation at the intersection of technological potential, enterprising spirit and social concern.

Options for studying Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Major and minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Innovation and Entrepreneurship is available as both Table A major and minor options in the Bachelor of Commerce, the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws, the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce and the Bachelor of Advanced Computing and Bachelor of Commerce.

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship major and minor are also available to students not enrolled in a Commerce degree through the shared pool (Table S) - see the Interdisciplinary Studies Handbook for details.

Please note. Students cannot complete both a major and a minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship for their degree.

The requirements for the major and minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship can be found in the Unit of study table.

For progression guides for the major/minor, please log into Canvas and refer to Progression Examples.

Major learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship major students will be able to:

Major learning outcome
1. Analyse contemporary global and local challenges from multidisciplinary perspectives.
2. Apply concepts and frameworks to identify opportunities to address contemporary global and local challenges through different types of innovation and/or entrepreneurship.
3. Apply creative, critical and design thinking to generate novel ideas and scope new business or social venture opportunities.
4. Validate an original idea and translate it into a prototype of an innovative solution that has credible potential forimplementation and/or serving as the basis for launching a start-up.
5. Explain why different stakeholders may have divergent yet valid perspectives on value.
6. Assess potential impacts of an innovation from the perspectives of diverse stakeholders and suggest ways to create shared value.
7. Apply principles of ethics and social responsibility throughout innovation and entrepreneurship processes to achieve desirable economic, social, and environmental outcomes.
8. Work in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams to integrate diverse perspectives to design, develop and implement solutions that satisfy team members and stakeholders.
9. Effectively communicate ideas to diverse audiences by leveraging appropriate vocabulary and communication tools.
10. Apply knowledge about building a successful new business or social venture to specific real-world cases to generate sound, actionable recommendations for the innovators and entrepreneurs involved.

Further information

For further information regarding study in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Sydney, please refer to the Study Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship page.