Why major in Entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurial training has become a necessity in today’s uncertain economic environment. Pursuing a major in entrepreneurship provides you with the knowledge and the skills necessary for a growing career as a self-employed business owner. If you can dream it, you can achieve. A UPIKE entrepreneurship degree will allow you to turn dream into reality and place your future in your hands.

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Program Distinctives

With a major in entrepreneurship, UPIKE will prepare you for a future that only you can imagine. The major is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to establish a new business venture. Students will progress through the steps of idea creation through the development of a detailed business plan that may be used for the establishment of a business venture.

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Interesting Courses

BUS 206 The Entrepreneurial Mindset This foundation course in entrepreneurship explores entrepreneurial thinking and behavior. The class introduces entrepreneurship as an approach to life and one’s career. It examines the nature of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneur, contemplating the role of entrepreneurship in society. The key focus is on entrepreneurship as a process which anyone can master. The course is designed around the major stages in this process. An overview of factors which are crucial to entrepreneurial success and how to approach these issues is provided

BUS 386 New Venture Money Management Approaches to raising and managing money in emerging enterprises are introduced. The course includes an examination of the many sources of financing for start-up and early-stage ventures, and when a given source is relevant for a particular type of venture. Attention is devoted to determining financial needs of new ventures. The critical role of valuation is reviewed. Issues in formulating and negotiating deal structures are investigated.

BUS 406 New Venture Creation This course is a hands-on experience for students who want to learn the process of how to create an innovation-based new venture. Students will work to develop the essential parts of a business model including: opportunity recognition, feasibility analysis, cost structure, revenue models, competitive positioning, and team-building. Students will write a business plan and develop presentations to pitch their new business idea.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to apply and understand capital requirements and funding options, think critically and make decisions effectively, create a business plan, and understand the role of an entrepreneur in modern society.

Career paths in Business Management

Business Owner
Capital Investor
Research and Development
Chief Executive Officer
Portfolio Manager
Chief Operating Officer


Clarke Leichte, D.B.A.

Assistant Professor of Business
(606) 218-5030