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Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI)


Digital Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Cluster Contact

Megan Costello, Esq.
Lecturer of IST & Undergraduate Studies Entrepreneurship Academic Program Coordinator
College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST)
mcostello@ist.psu.edu

About the Digital Entrepreneurship & Innovation Cluster

Total number of credits in this cluster: 9

The Digital Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Digital E&I) cluster prepares a student to harness digital technologies and digital business models to develop their own concepts into commercial concerns or to contribute to the innovation activities of existing organizations (i.e., intrapreneurship). The Digital E&I cluster focuses on the impact of Information Technology (IT)-driven innovation across multiple industry sectors including for profit, non-profit and governmental organizations. IT-driven innovation has created new business opportunities for both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs and is key to increasing efficiencies and expanding the linkage between user-centric products and services. Students who complete this cluster will gain a foundational understanding of emerging information technologies, the components of digital business models, and implementation and design techniques that meet or exceed user-centric requirements.

The Digital E&I cluster is available to both students within and outside of the College of Information Sciences and Technology. Three courses (IST 237, 337 and 437) have been developed that focus specifically on the digital aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation.  Students in IST may count up to three credits toward both the minor and their IST or SRA major.  Students outside the college can complete the minor within 18 credits.

Students who complete this cluster develop skills and knowledge in four areas:

  • Recognize and describe the unique aspects of IT-driven business models, the architectures that support them, and the challenges of funding and scaling such models.
  • Describe and provide concrete examples of 1) the strategic, operational, structural and cultural aspects of a digitally-based enterprise; 2) the intellectual property and competitive advantage of digitally based enterprises; and 3) the role of technology in supporting activities in these enterprises.
  • Identify current and emerging Internet and mobile technologies – including hardware, software, networking and sensors – and the role that these systems play in supporting digital entrepreneurship and innovation; and the architecture, development and testing of the systems or innovations.
  • Develop, refine, test, and assess the effectiveness of digitally-based innovation concepts and present them to potential funders and other interested audiences.

Preferred Sequence of Courses for the Cluster

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Digital Entrepreneurship & Innovation Course Options

The first cluster course is IST 237 – Digital Entrepreneurship, followed by IST 337 – Technologies for Digital Entrepreneurs as the suggested second cluster course. IST 337 does not presuppose knowledge presented in IST 237 and so this course could also be completed concurrently with IST 237 or with the final course in the cluster, IST 437 – Digital Design & Innovation. IST 437 requires students to apply foundational concepts presented in IST 237, therefore, IST 237 is a prerequisite course for IST 437.