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ENT 610 Preparing for the Entrepreneurial Journey

Entrepreneurship is the art of business. Think of the business plan and the business operation as your canvas. Entrepreneurship takes creativity, innovation and perseverance. Entrepreneurship is a way of thinking and acting. In this course, you will acquire a greater understanding of the entrepreneurial process — a process of opportunity recognition, resource marshalling and team building driven by communication, creativity and leadership. You will work on YOUR business concept.

Credit Hours: 4

Prerequisites

Acceptance into the MS in ENT program

ENT 620 Creativity and Innovation for Entrepreneurs

This course is part of the M.S. in Entrepreneurship and introduces students to the principles and techniques of ideation, creativity and opportunity recognition that are critical to an entrepreneurial mindset. Students will learn a wide variety of creative problem solving and theory building skills and have the opportunity to apply those to the development of a new concept and venture. Students will also learn how to identify and reduce self-imposed limitations to creativity and opportunity recognition. In addition, business modeling techniques are introduced as a method for evaluating creative ideas.

Credit Hours: 4

Prerequisites

ENT 610

ENT 630 Selecting and Developing a Business Model

Creating new businesses, capturing new markets and enhancing organizational effectiveness occur through improving productivity or innovation, or both. New discoveries, new technologies, competition and globalization compel both entrepreneurs and existing firms to foster innovation and agility. This course explores successful frameworks, strategies, funding techniques, business models, risks and barriers for introducing breakthrough products and services. Topics include business model innovation, design-driven innovation and leadership. The focus is on the selection of appropriate business models.

Credit Hours: 4

Prerequisites

ENT 610 and ENT 620

ENT 640 New Venture Finance

This course uses a combination of of case discussions and lectures to study entrepreneurial finance. The course is targeted toward budding entrepreneurs. The course begins with an overview of financial statements. A thorough examination of forecasting revenues and expenses are used to create pro forma financial statements. The course then shifts to financing operations of startups with limited resources. External sources of financing to fund growth are introduced, and the tax implications of all financial decisions are evaluated. The course concludes with a discussion of exit strategies available to harvest the investment in the startup.

Credit Hours: 4

Prerequisites

ENT 610, ENT 620 and ENT 630. This course also has an on-line component that must be completed before taking the class.

ENT 650 Entrepreneurial Marketing

In this course we will explore how marketing and entrepreneurship affect and are affected by one another. We will examine concepts from each of these two areas to determine how they apply to and how they can aid the practice of the other. We will look at the role of marketing in entrepreneurial ventures and the role of entrepreneurship in marketing efforts of all firms. Attention will be devoted to understanding why marketers resist entrepreneurship, as well as the common mistakes entrepreneurs make when it comes to marketing.

Credit Hours: 4

Prerequisites

ENT 610, ENT 620, and ENT 630. The course has an on-line component that must be completed before taking the class.

ENT 660 Risk Mitigation and Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs

This course broadly surveys the legal issues affecting entrepreneurial ventures, including: selecting and working with an attorney, business entity selection, corporate governance, contracts, the Uniform Commercial Code, operational liabilities, insurance, debtor-creditor relations, bankruptcy, human resources and buying and selling a business.
Credit Hours: 4

Prerequisites

ENT 610, ENT 620, and ENT 630

ENT 675 Leading and Managing New Ventures

This is not a survey course in entrepreneurship or in leadership. Instead, this course addresses the principles of organizational architecture, group behavior and performance, interpersonal influence, leadership and motivation in entrepreneurial settings. A primary goal is to develop your competencies in organizational design, human resources management, leadership and organizational behavior in the context of a new, small firm.

Credit Hours: 4

Prerequisites

ENT 610, ENT 620, and ENT 630

ENT 680 Communicating with Investors and Partners

This course treats entrepreneurship as a form of strategy. In today’s competitive environment, size of company does not correspond to entrepreneurship. On the one hand, companies like Microsoft, General Electric and Southwest Airlines have kept excellent cultures of entrepreneurship despite decades of phenomenal growth. On the other, large companies usually find their most aggressive competitors to be startups. Regardless of the type of company you will work in, it is critical to have a strong working knowledge of entrepreneurial strategies. You will work on your project in this course.


Credit Hours: 4

Prerequisites

ENT 610, ENT 620, and ENT 630

ENT 689 Entrepreneurship in a Global Economy

This course provides an understanding of the principles of entrepreneurship and new venture creation in a global marketplace. In additional to examining the role of entrepreneurship in the global economy, the course will focus on developing skills that are fundamental to recognizing and developing a business opportunity.  Students will examine key features of an international business deal as well as legal, financial, and cultural considerations that impact an international business opportunity. Utilizing these skills, students will prepare a feasibility analysis for an international business concept.
Credit Hours: 4

ENT 695 Seminar in Entrepreneurship

For graduate students only. Topics vary and will focus on emerging ideas and the latest research in areas of entrepreneurship that are not covered by the current curriculum. Though not limited to these, example topics include creativity and problem-solving, innovation and technology entrepreneurship, legal issues for entrepreneurs, corporate entrepreneurship, real estate venturing and social entrepreneurship.

Credit Hours: 4