The Buchanan Center offers a variety of curricular and cocurricular programming to encourage entrepreneurship among Drake students. In addition to the entrepreneurial management major and entrepreneurship minor, you can develop your skills and build networks in local and international communities.
B.S. in Entrepreneurial Management
While pursuing your entrepreneurial management major, you will work with students, faculty, and business owners from a variety of backgrounds, providing you with broad business acumen and a deep, experience-based understanding of creating and running your own business. The four-year program culminates in a two-semester capstone course where you can create your own business from start to finish, or serve as a consultant to someone pursuing an entrepreneurial endeavor. Students have even turned their capstone projects into successful businesses upon graduation.
Minor in Entrepreneurship
The 25-credit-hour entrepreneurship minor is strictly for non-business students. This cross-disciplinary minor draws on entrepreneurship, marketing, and management courses as well as elective options applicable to your major or college/school.
Service-learning is a vital part of a Drake education; service-learning integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection and complements your field of academic study. Entrepreneurial students have myriad chances to participate in these activities. The student group Enactus is focused specifically on service-learning and oversees several community projects every year.
Drake’s relationship with Makere University Business School (MUBS) in Uganda gives you the chance to experience entrepreneurship in an international setting. Students participate in exchanges and study abroad seminars, and have also pursued service-learning and business-related projects in Uganda that continue once they return home. One group of students is raising money to build a health clinic in the country, while another student helped a Ugandan artist start a business to sell his artwork.
Once a year the Buchanan Center supports Entrepreneurship Week activities on campus and in the community. The week is focused on networking events and gives students the chance to hear from local and national entrepreneurs.