Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurship
The Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurship is specifically created for entrepreneurs looking to grow their existing ventures, as well as for new ventures that have demonstrated sufficient progress in their early stages. Admitted individuals will work on their business concepts from new perspectives and develop executable business plans designed to promote business growth and obtain start-up and expansion financing.
The Certificate is underscored by key partnerships and resources, highlighted by JFK University’s Business Accelerator, making it the most comprehensive entrepreneurial certificate program in the region. Individuals admitted to this advanced track must have a clearly viable venture idea or be an existing business owner so that student-entrepreneurs can apply their coursework directly to their own business pursuits.
The Advanced Certificate provides its student-entrepreneurs with a full-service Business Accelerator, located in Todos Santos Plaza in downtown Concord. The Accelerator will provide space, shared office services, access to basic administrative equipment, conference room space, and expandable space to new and existing small businesses in the County that meet basic screening requirements for suitability, growth and job creation.
Mentorship and Advising
One of the most important components of the Advanced Certificate is mentorship and advising. Each emerging entrepreneur is matched with at least one strategically-chosen mentor. Mentors, who represent a variety of IEL partners, including Keiretsu Forum, Small Business Development Corporation, JFK University MBA faculty, and others, work closely with the emerging entrepreneurs throughout the program sharing their expertise, insights, assessments and recommendations.
Financial aid and scholarships are available. The Certificate program is approved under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and on the Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL).
John F. Kennedy University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Accreditation entitles the University to participate in federal student financial aid programs. The University is approved for veterans’ training.
Students and graduates of the University are accepted by other colleges and universities upon transfer. In addition, many businesses, government agencies, industries, and other employers recognize the value of advanced study at the University and approve reimbursement to their employees for all or a portion of their tuition costs.
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Large Suburb
Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999