Carroll to offer entrepreneur graduate certificate
Program will be taught by successful entrepreneurs

By Alison Fox - Freeman Staff

July 5, 2014

WAUKESHA - Carroll University will be offering a new four-month graduate program in entrepreneurship this fall, which will accept 24 students and be instructed by successful entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneurial Journey Graduate Certificate program curriculum was designed by the entrepreneurs themselves, and the certificate can count to up to 9 credits towards Marquette University’s MBA program.

Tim Keane, the program’s director and entrepreneur in residence at Carroll, said he pulled together his teaching and business experiences to create a curriculum that will give students real world skills in business creation. 

“The program is geared towards individuals who have at least two to three years of work experience,” he said. “It’s for people who are in a career but are interested in starting a business and want to get a good idea of how it really works.”

Keane recently came to Carroll from Marquette, where he taught entrepreneurial courses for over 10 years. Jeanne Simmons,  associate dean of Marquette's Graduate School of Management, said this will be Marquette’s first time allowing certificate credits to be transferred into the university’s MBA program. She said Marquette agreed to this because of Keane’s background with the university.

“Tim Keane had developed many entrepreneurial courses while he was here at Marquette so we know his curriculum,” she said. “The way this new program is set up is so interactive and great. The participants will be learning from each other in an intense period of time, and everything will be intertwined and connected. There will also be so much one-on-one interaction between the students and the entrepreneurial instructors.”

Keane said the program’s instructors have experienced immense success and have handled millions of dollars in their entrepreneurship endeavors. Included on the list is Laura King, who most recently served as president and CEO of NeuWAve Medical, a Madison-based company that develops and commercializes energy-based, minimally-invasive medical devices. Prior to joining NeuWave, King was a GE company officer while leading the $1.2 billion Global Interventional Cardiology and Surgery business.

Another instructor is Andy Nunemaker, who was CEO of GE Healthcare for Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Nunemaker also co-founded Dynamis Corporation, a provider of sales software in the health care insurance industry.

Manoli Kulutbanis, Bob Zieserl, Daniel Weinfurter, Paul Schueller, and Keane himself are all entrepreneurs who will also be instructing.

“I think this program is a real opportunity for people to make a real difference in their own lives and a great opportunity to help people change their lives,” he said. “This is the main reason why we are all doing this.  We think it will be a great community service.”

Keane said the students will work in a group to develop a concept and then create a capstone business model. Each team will test its hypotheses, adapt case studies and insights into the business model and eventually create a viable business project.

The program will be held at the Milwaukee Water Council Global Water Center Building and will meet 14 Mondays and eight Saturdays throughout the fall semester. Teams working on business concepts may also apply and work together on the capstone project.