No one is a “born entrepreneur.” Just like all people who go into business, entrepreneurs need to gain knowledge and specific skills in order to be successful. Students who choose the Entrepreneurship concentration learn just that—how to successfully launch and grow a new business, in contexts ranging from small start-up ventures to large corporations.
Alumni who have started their own businesses have success rates several times higher than national statistics. Even more impresively, of businesses started by this group since 1990, eighty-eight percent are still in operation.
What You Study
Our curriculum prepares graduates to start their own business, purchase and expand an existing one, buy a franchise, go into a family business or work for an existing business. You will learn how to manage limited resources, identify business opportunities and develop a business plan.
But even if you do not start a business, these skills will have you well-prepared to lead the development of a new division in a corporation or to organize the launch of new products and services—and you will inherently understand the independence that more and more companies and nonprofit organizations are requiring from employees and managers.
How We Support Your Learning
Students enrolled in the entrepreneurship program are strongly encouraged to become active members in the Entrepreneurial Society. The society is a great way to meet like-minded individuals and broaden your studies and experiences in an entrepreneurial world. Additionally, students an take advantage of our top-tier facilities located in Schulze Hall on the Minneapolis campus—a significant piece of our success, as noted in Success magazine's annual list of “Best Entrepreneurship Business Schools” in the nation (2001).