Brown University School of Engineering


Entrepreneurship education at Brown is a valuable component of becoming a well-rounded engineer. The skills learned in entrepreneurship classes help students take theoretical concepts and translate them in real world marketable products and startup companies.

Brown has been a leader in entrepreneurial education, and several startup companies have been formed by Brown alumni. Entrepreneurial classes are taught at the undergraduate level through the BEO program and at the master's level through the PRIME and IE Brown MBA programs.

C.V. Starr Program in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations (BEO) is a multidisciplinary undergraduate concentration sponsored by the Departments of Economics and Sociology and the School of Engineering. BEO aims to give students a coordinated, interactive approach to examining problems in the work place, formulating solutions, and suggesting actions. These skills, grounded in a strong liberal arts tradition, prepare students to work in many areas, corporations, start-up ventures, local services, non-profit institutions and governmental entities. Our recent graduates have chosen to pursue careers in finance, management consulting, social services and the arts, or to continue on to graduate schools in law and business.

The Program in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (PRIME) master's degree focuses on developing the skills of science and engineering graduates so as to prepare them to more efficiently participate in a complex and highly competitive technology-driven economy, based on the development of innovative, embryonic ideas. These skills are in demand by technology-based companies, or can lead to the creation of start-up ventures.

IE Brown Executive MBA is a highly innovative program designed to provide senior managers with the opportunity to develop and broaden their management and leadership skills in an intensive, international environment. The program brings together faculty from two leading academic institutions, integrating leading management thinking with wider perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, engineering, and life sciences. The program is based on a unique interdisciplinary approach, and was specifically developed by leading faculty members from IE and Brown to help participants excel in an ever more complex and challenging global economy. The program combines the very best of both schools' vast experience and expertise. the shared values of both institutions, including a distinctly international focus, a strong commitment to the value of diversity and an entrepreneurial mindset, are strengthened even further through this partnership.