ENTR 001 – Profiles in Entrepreneurship – 1 credit
This course is an examination of the lives of entrepreneurial leaders. Through written profiles and discussions with visiting entrepreneurs students will learn about the challenges entrepreneurial leaders encounter and how they overcome those challenges. They will gain insight into the personal principles and characteristics of successful entrepreneurial leaders. Students will consider the importance of entrepreneurship in the U.S. and in the global economy, and they will explore opportunities to apply an entrepreneurial mindset in large corporations, not-for-profits, and government. Students will also explore how well they are personally suited to entrepreneurship and begin to develop the skills and mindset of a successful entrepreneur.
ENTR 101 – Intro to Entrepreneurship – 3 credits
This course is intended to introduce students to entrepreneurship and the vital role entrepreneurs and innovation play in the global economy. We will explore, critique and celebrate entrepreneurship as a way of acting and, perhaps more importantly, as a way of thinking. We will develop tools students can use to recognize opportunities, appraise them and capitalize on them. Innovation is at the heart of entrepreneurship, and we will strive to develop innovative thinking and problem solving in all areas of this course. This is the cornerstone course for our Entrepreneurship program. Complemented with other business courses culminating with the capstone, Creating a Business course, our goal is to provide students the opportunity to discover how well they are personally suited to entrepreneurship and to develop the skills and mindset of a successful entrepreneur.
ENTR 150 – Entrepreneurship – The Business Model – 3 credits
This course is intended to advance student's understanding of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process. In developing a framework for the entrepreneurial process students will learn to evaluate and select opportunities for entrepreneurial ventures. They will learn to develop business concepts and business models to capitalize on those ventures. Students will learn to apply fundamental accounting, finance and marketing principles in developing entrepreneurial business models. This is not a business planning course; students will acquire the basic tools needed to plan for and create a sustainable business. We will strive to develop and innovate thinking and problem solving in all areas of this course. Our goal in this course is for non-Entrepreneurial Management majors to further develop the skills and mindset of a successful entrepreneur. Together with other business courses culminating with the capstone, Creating a Business course, this course will allow students to explore how well they are personally suited to entrepreneurship and to develop the basic skills needed to identify and build a sustainable model.
ENTR 190 – Creating a Company – 3 credits
A capstone class in entrepreneurial management. The primary objective is to have each student team develop an entrepreneurial concept into a plan based on an existing or new start-up. The course focuses on development of a business plan/action, incorporating all functional areas of the business, for presentation to venture capitalists or bankers. The plan will include an action plan and timetable for the business to implement and measure their success and progress. Coverage will also include the various opportunities available as an entrepreneur - manufacturing, retail, wholesale, services - and performance of case analyses to broaden the student's scope of learning.