Our undergraduate entrepreneurship courses focus on developing an “entrepreneurial mindset” and the value that entrepreneurs create. The curriculum is designed both for students who want to work within a startup, and students who might want to launch an entrepreneurial venture at some later stage in their careers.
The aim of these courses is to take the mystique out of entrepreneurship, and explore the tools and techniques that entrepreneurs use to maximize their chances of success. The sequence is more “hands on” than many traditional business school courses, and open to undergraduates outside the business school. With the exception of the Entrepreneurship Practicum (for Entrepreneurship Fellows only), there are no prerequisites.
Entrepreneurship Focus Courses
The Entrepreneurship Focus is organized as a set of recommended courses from which students may choose depending upon their particular interests. Entrepreneurship can be combined with any major. In addition to the Focus, sophomores may apply for the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program.
Foundations of Entrepreneurship
An introduction to the world of entrepreneurship. In this course, students explore the qualities of successful entrepreneurs, and each session features an accomplished entrepreneur who will share his/her personal perspective. Students practice developing an effective pitch/presentation style, and develop a personal plan to chart their own entrepreneurial life path. Students also work in teams on a new business concept, and use the business model canvas to learn what it means to develop and test a business model.
Launching the Venture
In this class, students engage directly in the search for a robust and scalable idea, and practice the skills needed to launch or join a startup: idea generation, market research, customer validation and concept testing. Designed for students who may have a potential venture idea in mind, as well as those simply wants to better understand the process.
Entrepreneurship Practicum (Fall Only)
“Life after launch”: the strategic, operational and even personal challenges entrepreneurs face after taking the decision to go “all-in”. Each student interns with an early stage company, and develops a case study on that venture for presentation to the class. Students have the chance to imagine themselves in a wide variety of startup situations, and to explore how they might respond. The objective is to build the skills needed to launch or join a startup, and to further develop an entrepreneurial mindset. This class is restricted to entrepreneurship fellows.
Entrepreneurship Interest Courses
The following courses have a broader application but are recommended for students interested in entrepreneurship (click links to view class descriptions).
Available in Fall 2016 –
- GBUS 491: Entrepreneurship Startups: Practice and Theory
- MGMT 277: Imagination & Creativity
- MGMT 295: Management of Human Resources
- SOCI 168: Social Entrepreneurship
Available in Spring 2017 –