ENTR500 Ideation (3 semester hours)

There are two types of entrepreneurs - those that have a myriad of ideas and those that can't think of one idea. This course will help the student identify opportunities for a new business venture by either deciding on one idea they have or helping to create ideas. This course will span the realm of possibilities for a new business venture and the student will leave the course with a plan for taking the idea and turning it into reality.

ENTR510 Lean Accelerator (3 semester hours)

The Accelerator is a dynamic learning and business development experience, unlike any class you will have had before. You start with your own creative ideas and, through the rigorous lean startup protocol, strive to determine the exact business model by which to launch and go to scale. The Accelerator model is based on lean startup and customer development principles (i.e., innovative business models, scientific approach, hypothesis testing, rapid iteration, minimum viable product, problem-solution fit, and customer discovery).

ENTR615 Legal Practices for Small Business (3 semester hours)

This course examines the legal and ethical issues small business owners face in the start-up and growth processes and equips them with the concepts needed to be successful. Students review decisions affecting business formation, including business entity selection and formation, employment law, intellectual property, taxation, government regulation, and contract law.

ENTR617 Legal Practices for Entrepreneurs (3 semester hours)

This course is intended to address the various legal, tax, and ethical issues that confront individuals and companies in starting up new ventures, either within an existing company or a new start-up company. Students are exposed to the process of buying and/or selling a company, intellectual property, tax implications, and ethical challenges entrepreneurs face.

ENTR620 Small Business Operations (3 semester hours)

This course focuses on lean processes associated with owning a business and equips students with modeling skills to help them make better decisions in the operations process. Students evaluate different lean operations in areas such as lean six sigma, quality improvement, value creation, project management, the DMAIC process, pricing strategy, assumption testing, and inventory management. *This course uses spreadsheet software.

ENTR621 International Entrepreneurship (3 semester hours)

This course focuses on international opportunity for new and emerging ventures; market analysis; exporting; joint ventures, regional, legal, and cultural issues; and financing foreign ventures. The course provides students with an understanding of the complexities faced by entrepreneurs doing business in a global environment and with knowledge to help them be successful within the global context.

ENTR623 Venture Capital (3 semester hours)

This course covers major sources of funding for entrepreneurs - including family and friends, angels, venture capitalists, informal investors, banks, and crowdfunding. Each are reviewed and evaluated in this course. Some topics for this course include valuation, bootstrapping, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and private placements. Students create financial statements, develop a funding plan for a new venture, and create a pitch to present to an investor. *This course uses spreadsheet software.

ENTR625 Small Business Funding (3 semester hours)

This course examines financial strategies needed to support a small business. Topics addressed include managing the cash cycle, seed and venture capital, cost of capital and capital structure, entry strategies such as franchising and acquisition, self-funding, debt financing, angel investors, and financing from venture capital firms.

ENTR630 Entrepreneurial Marketing (3 semester hours)

This course examines the marketing process and components of a successful marketing strategy for starting and growing a successful entrepreneurial venture. Students learn about the evolving practice of marketing and the potential for entrepreneurial thinking. Focal points range from issues with conventional marketing paradigms to the development of marketing strategy in the digital age.

ENTR631 Small Business Marketing (3 semester hours)

In this course, students examine the unique marketing challenges faced by entrepreneurs launching new products and/or services. Topics include: designing new offerings, targeting customer segments, and marketing on a tight budget. The course is designed to be useful for small business owners.

ENTR699 Entrepreneurial Project Capstone (3 semester hours)

As a culmination to the graduate-level Master’s program in Entrepreneurship, this capstone course focuses on tying together the functional aspects of an entrepreneurial initiative to position it for growth and longevity. Topics covered include elements that must be considered by the entrepreneur to better position the organization for future growth, such as market research, management acumen, funding, etc. Students evaluate the opportunity of their venture as a foundation for the strategic business plan that stresses growth and answers to market shifts. This course may not be taken until all other courses are COMPLETED and student has a 3.0 GPA.