We are pleased to announce the Minor in Entrepreneurship became available in Fall 2009. This is highly recommended for anyone interested in learning about the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Please see the Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation to learn more.
FINC 491 Entrepreneurship Finance
Entrepreneurship involves the pursuit of opportunity with scarce resources. Entrepreneurial finance is a collection of skills necessary to execute this challenging feat. You will learn how to: identify and value attractive business opportunities; estimate necessary resources to undertake these opportunities; secure these resources on favorable terms; and finally, prudently manage them in pursuit of opportunity.
MGMT 379 Entrepreneurship Essentials
Fall 2013, Spring 2014
This class will give students a solid understanding and knowledge of the potential opportunities in entrepreneurship from micro-enterprise and family businesses to high growth ventures and corporate entrepreneurship and help answer the question, “Is entrepreneurship for you?” Students will also participate in the creation of a feasibility plan for a new venture with emphasis on market assessment, competitive analysis, financial viability, and the development of the entrepreneurial team.
MGMT 479 Business Plan Development
Winter 2014, Spring 2014
From the basis of having a feasible venture, this class will help the student complete the essential parts of a business plan as well as techniques of presenting to investors.
FINC 551 Entrepreneurship Finance
Course examines financing options available to an entrepreneurial venture as well as the financial management of the small business. Focus is on methods of valuation used in entrepreneurial finance.
MGMT 564 Family Owned Business
The purpose of this course is to introduce the business student to the complex issues of family-owned businesses. This course will analyze these firms’ unique business issues both in terms of best practices for management and governance issues and also in terms of family business continuity challenges.
MGMT 568 & MGMT 569 Community Development & Entrepreneurship Clinic
Fall 2013, Winter 2014
In this course Business students will be teamed with Law students in learning and applying interdisciplinary legal and business skills to assist in new and existing business ventures in the Central District community. The Clinic will run 10 weeks in the fall and 10 weeks in the winter.
MGMT 576 New Venture Consulting
Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Student teams will work, on a project basis, with new ventures and existing businesses needing to grow to help them develop strategic solutions confronting their business. The intent of this class is to be an integrative experience, helping the student apply the principles, concepts, and skills learned in prior classes to actual business situations.
MGMT 583 Entrepreneurship Strategies & Growth
Interdisciplinary course designed to give students a solid understanding of the field and potential opportunities of entrepreneurship from micro-enterprise and family businesses to high growth ventures and corporate entrepreneurship.
MGMT 586 Business Plan Development
This class is for students interested in starting their own business or launching a new venture for a nonprofit or corporation. Students will learn the critical skill of writing an effective business plan, will learn the theory behind writing a business plan and will apply what they learn to writing their own business plan.
MKTG 561 New Venture Marketing
The special marketing challenges faced by start-up firms require focus, planning, and creativitiy in place of the money, experience, and people that are the strengths of established companies. The course assumes that the venture has identified an idea or business; it will not specifically address idea generation and evaluation. The course will deal with marketing research, however for marketing planning and growth. Includes segmentation and positioning, competitive strategy, the 4 P's (product, pricing, distribution and promotion with special emphasis on Internet and direct marketing) and marketing planning.
Graduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Starts summer 2013.
With the professional Certificate for Innovation &
Entrepreneurship, participants will learn the critical strategies
and skills to successfully launch, manage, and lead innovative
programs and organizations of all sizes. You will receive
practical, hands-on experience to work more effectively within your
current company or to launch your own new venture by choosing one
of two flexible areas of emphasis: Innovation or Entrepreneurship.
In addition, you'll have access to the support and guidance of our
dedicated Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship staff,
including access to coaches and subject matter experts from among
the top business leaders in the region.
Who Should Enroll
- Team or company leaders who want to learn how to be more
innovative & entrepreneurial
- Managers or other professionals within existing companies,
nonprofits, or startups who want to reach the next level of
- Anyone interested in launching their own startup or other
- Technical or engineering students who want to bring more
innovation and creative thinking to their projects
- Project teams that want to work together more effectively and
create breakthrough results
Applicants must have:
1. A minimum of an undergraduate degree from an accredited
2. A minimum 2 years of full time work experience
Note: For students enrolled in the Master of Science in Finance
program, MBA 551 may not be taken as an elective to fulfill the
requirements for the certificate. Four other electives must be
Course descriptions: Business Law, Finance, Management, Marketing, Operations
Courses may be taken in any order.
1 required course
MGMT 586: Business Plan Development
Choose any 4 electives from either or both of the
FINC 551: Entrepreneurial Finance
MKTG 561: New Venture Marketing
BLAW 575: Legal Issues for New Ventures
MGMT 564: Family Owned Business
MGMT 574: Social Entrepreneurship
MGMT 576: New Venture Consulting
MGMT 583: Entrepreneurship Fundamentals
MKTG 553: New Product Development
MKTG 565: Creativity and Innovation
OPER 576: Project Management and Control
MGMT 585: Managing Change
For more information, contact Jeff Millard at firstname.lastname@example.org
MBA Specialization in Entrepreneurship
To receive the specialization in entrepreneurship, a student must complete an entrepreneurship fundamentals course, 6 credits from a list of specified electives, a practicum course, and submit a quality business plan which qualifies for the tradeshow/elevator pitch round. Please note that the credits needed for the specialization are taken as the electives of the student's MBA curriculum. The specialization is not in addition to the MBA degree.
Students interested in this specialization must do the following:
- Schedule an appointment with Sue Oliver, Director of the Entrepreneurship Center, by contacting Nettasha Reese at email@example.com or visiting Pigott 432.
- Submit and obtain signatures for a Change of Program Form to the Graduate Programs Office located in Pigott 321/322 (change from MBA to MBA.ENTR).
- A business mentor will be assigned once MGMT 583 has been completed and the student has made the formal change to their program.
- Participate in the SU Annual Business Plan Competition by submitting a quality business plan for the screening round and qualify for the tradeshow/elevator pitch round.
- Complete a minimum of 12 credits from the following options:
||Choose 6 credits from the following:
||Legal Issues for New Ventures
||New Venture Marketing
||New Product Development
||Entrepreneurship Leadership & Social Entrepreneurship
| MGMT 564
||Choose one of the following courses:
||Business Plan Development
|MGMT 568 & MGMT 569
||Community Development & Entrepreneurship Clinic I & II (two quarters)
||New Venture Consulting
*Note: 591 courses need pre-approval by EC Chair to count toward specialization.