Entrepreneurial Academic Classes

Fall 2022

AFRS 3264: Business Culture and Entrepreneurship in Africa
A study of the institutional practices associated with African business culture and entrepreneurship in local, national, and global spaces.  A deep historical approach is taken, covering pre-modern entrepreneurial and business culture; how traditions and cultural practices influence the way Africans conduct business; how these have been shaped by the realities of modernity and globalization; and the challenges facing institutional business practices and entrepreneurs in Africa and its emerging market economies. 
BINF 4171: Business Culture and Entrepreneurship in Africa
Introduces students to the field of biotechnology and how biotech businesses are created and managed. The students should be able to define biotechnology and understand the difference between a biotech company and a pharmaceutical company. Additional concepts covered will include platform technology, biotechnology's history, biotechnology products and development processes, current technologies used by biotech companies today, biotechnology business fundamentals, research and development within biotech companies, exit strategies, and careers in the biotech field.
CLAS 3000: Ideas to Action

Ventureprise is partnering with LEADS to offer this unique class that provides support and mentorship as you learn how you can make an impact in the world. We will provide the tools you need to successfully transition your ideas to action. You even have the chance to compete to win cash and other great prizes by participating in 49er Impact during the semester! This class is for anyone who is interested in making an impact, whether you already have an idea you want to develop or simply want to explore the possibilities. 

ENTR 3279: Entrepreneurial Action and Organizing

Many individuals often recognize the same opportunities, but only some individuals become entrepreneurs by taking the actions to exploit the opportunity, and only a few of the entrepreneurs become successful by exploiting the opportunity effectively.  This course provides students with an understanding of how they can shift from recognizing opportunities to taking actions to exploit the opportunities to create value for a market and for society.  It involves a combination of readings, casework, and experiential exercises aimed at helping students learn from real entrepreneurs' experiences, but also providing initial exercises to allow students to put into action what they have learned.

ENTR 3276: Recognizing Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Helps students take the first step as an entrepreneur.  Before entrepreneurs can organize ventures around innovative solutions to exploit opportunities, entrepreneurs benefit from first recognizing and evaluating opportunities. Students achieve two course objectives fundamental to being an entrepreneur: (1) students put together an opportunity portfolio - a detailed understanding and analysis of an industry/technology and all of the situational conditions that inform the opportunity within that industry/technology context; and (2) based on this opportunity portfolio, students are tasked with pitching a potential solution to a specific opportunity. 

ENTR 3278: Experiential Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs work in contexts where they cannot control what ultimately occurs.  As means to increase students' self-confidence and mental fortitude for uncertain contexts, this course seeks to present students with conditions of uncertainty and complexity.  It involves different approaches, from engaged learning exercises, individual and team projects, to interactions with entrepreneurs. 

ETGR 3295: Multidisciplinary Professional Development

A series of multidisciplinary and disciplinary seminars and activities designed to introduce students to basic concepts of professionalism in engineering. Topics include: global, societal, and contemporary issues of current interest such as leadership, entrepreneurship, ethics, cultural diversity, and professional licensure.  Each course section is restricted to major disciplines in engineering technology . Sections may be cross-listed with more than one engineering major discipline.

ITCS 4165: Computing Entrepreneurship

Introduction to entrepreneurship and the specificities of creating a computing and technology driven small business.  An overview of how successful entrepreneurs learn about the marketplace, conduct financial analyses, and utilize management skills to develop entrepreneurial opportunities.  Other topics include: intellectual property protection, funding options, technology business planning, and start-up structure. 

MGMT 3277: Entrepreneurship

A study of the factors leading to entrepreneurial success with an emphasis on opportunity identification, structure and planning, and the management of new ventures. Provides tools necessary to understand and evaluate the entrepreneurial process within a large company, new venture, family business, or growing a small business.

MGMT 4000: Entrepreneurial Decisions

Entrepreneurial decisions are the key dilemmas and debates faced by entrepreneurs.  Students learn about the key decisions that real entrepreneurs face in operating their ventures. A dilemma is "an argument presenting two or more equally conclusive alternatives; a choice or a situation involving choice between equally unsatisfactory alternatives; a problem seemingly incapable of a satisfactory solution."  The process of entrepreneurship involves the recognition of challenges and dilemmas, vigorous debate, and ultimately, solutions.  No solution lasts long in an entrepreneurial milieu whose underpinning is "creative destruction."

***This is not an all inclusive list. Check back in regulary, classes will continually be added. Spring 2023 list will be released soon.