Entrepreneurs need to be flexible and the curriculum in the Department of Entrepreneurship reflects that same flexibility. There are certain things every entrepreneur should know, for example, ways to channel creativity, how to find financing, and how to initiate a venture opportunity or idea.
Introduction to Entrepreneurship (ENTR 101)
ENTR 101 is an introductory course structured to provide a firm basis as to the critical role entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship plays in the global economy. Entrepreneurship will be analyzed, debated, assessed, and explored experientially throughout the semester from an interdisciplinary perspective. Entrepreneurship will be viewed as a manageable process and way of thinking, acting, and behaving applicable not only to business endeavors, but to everyday problems existing in the workplace and society.
Imagination, Creativity and Entrepreneurial Thinking (ENTR 250)
Do you know that creativity can be learned? It is a process. You can become more creative! Together we explore creative processes, dispel creativity myths, and help you cultivate opportunity recognition and creative problem solving. You will work individually, and we will work in teams, to expand your creativity and entrepreneurial mindset. This is an intensely experiential course, come experience it with us.
Venture Initiation (ENTR 290)
Have you ever seen a product and thought to yourself, "I thought of that first!" Although ideas are important, ideas don't affect your life, others' life, unless they are brought to fruition. In this course, you will learn to determine whether or not your idea "will sell". You will learn how to refine your idea so that it "will sell", or when to "pivot" and go in a different direction. Fair warning to introverts, you will need to spend a lot of time outside the classroom interacting with people. It's fun...really!
Entrepreneur Law and Operations (ENTR 316)
Starting your own venture? Do you know the legal hurdles you must leap? This is not a dry, legal lecture series. Learn entrepreneurship law hands-on! Experience relevant legal requirements as you form a real or simulated corporation/LLC, participate in mock owner disputes, draft contracts, hire employees, assume debt, sell equity, file for bankruptcy, franchise, and a host of other exciting activities! Who knew? Law doesn't have to be boring!
Entrepreneurship: The Numbers (ENTR 386)
You've got a great idea. That's fantastic! But will it make money? You need to crunch the numbers, to read and analyze financial data, and to write financial reports that clearly convey the value of your idea to potential buyers and investors. Numbers matter. Understanding and communicating numbers matter more!
Entrepreneurship: The Money (ENTR 388)
You've figured out what you want to bring to the market, done all the analysis, written a bang-up proposal--now all you need is some funding. This is where you learn how to raise money for your venture. We explore internal/external capital generation (debt, equity, bootstrapping), the time value of money, cash flow management, venture valuation, and exit strategies. In a nutshell, you will learn about "money matters"--because money matters.
Prerequisite: ENTR 386
Venture Implementation (ENTR 390)
You've applied the knowledge you learned in ENTR 290 and believe you have a product or service that will sell in the market--now what? Now you need to get the right people and systems in place, manage limited resources, bootstrap or obtain outside financing (or both), lead and delegate, establish and live a sustainable organizational culture that is innovative, responsive and resilient. Let's build your venture together.
Prerequisites: ENTR 290, 386
Special Topics (ENTR 395)
Specially arranged seminars, courses, or independent study on a variety of topics not covered by regular program offerings. May be initiated by students with approval of the dean and department(s) involved.
Prerequisite: instructor consent
Marketing and Management Concepts for Entrepreneurship (ENTR 410)
Marketing and managing your startup--it's different from corporate management and marketing. This course is an introduction to the nature, significance and role of marketing and management in startup organizations. The primary objective is to explore the management and marketing functions from product/service conceptualization through the initial stages of startup growth & sustainability.
Entrepreneurship Senior Seminar (ENTR 490)
Entrepreneurship is a dynamic and exciting adventure! In order to be successful you need to stay abreast of current trends in society, industry, finance, sales, marketing, technology and beyond. We spend a lot of time with guest entrepreneurs, mentors and Professors of Practice to examine current topics through a lens focused by what you've learned, lean into the winds of change and try to focus our watery eyes on your future.
Prerequisites: ENTR 290 and department consent
Entrepreneurship Practice (ENTR 497)
Practical experience with an entrepreneurial firm or comparable experiential learning. All ENTR 497 experiences must be pre-approved by the Entrepreneurship Practice Director prior to beginning the experience.
Prerequisites: ENTR 290 and department consent.