Jay Ebben

Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship

jjebben@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-4118

Minneapolis Campus
1000 LaSalle Ave
Schulze Hall 335
Minneapolis, MN 55403

B.S., Industrial Engineering, Marquette University
M.B.A., Entrepreneurship/Marketing, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Ph.D., Strategy/Entrepreneurship, University of Wisconsin - Madison

See publications in UST Research Online

Jay Ebben is an associate professor of entrepreneurship, has taught at the University of St. Thomas since 2002, and has been part of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship since its inception in 2005. He has taught courses on entrepreneurial finance, business development and small business management, and advises the Practicing Entrepreneurs group on campus. Ebben won the inaugural Julie Hays Teaching Award in the Opus College of Business in 2010 and received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2011. He is a former small business owner who has worked with entrepreneurs at many stages of business development, advising them on market assessment, business modeling, financing and entry and growth strategies.

Ebben earned his B.S. in industrial engineering from Marquette University and his M.B.A. and Ph.D. in entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Summer 2015 Courses
Summer 2015 Courses
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Fall 2015 Courses
Fall 2015 Courses
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ENTR 200 - 02 Foundations of Entrepreneur - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 SCH 420
Description of course Foundations of Entrepreneur : CRN: 42913
ENTR200 is a national award-winning course and is the first course in the Entrepreneurship Concentration sequence. Known across campus as the “Lemonade Stand” class, this course requires students to start a new business and reach revenue, and in this process begin the journey to becoming world-class problem solvers. This course is a combination of applied and theoretical dimensions of Entrepreneurship. In addition to starting a new business, students are exposed to theoretical concepts, including Opportunity Identification, Business Modeling, Industry Analysis, and New Venture Growth. This is a very dynamic course, mixing lecture, discussion, case study, guest speakers and introduction to the Hotwash Process. The course culminates in a competition with UST alumni judging the students’ quality of work and accomplishments. Prerequisite: sophomore standing, not open to seniors.

Schedule Details

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ENTR 370 - 01 Entr/Financial Resource Mgt - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 SCH 335
Description of course Entr/Financial Resource Mgt : CRN: 42918
As a required course in the Entrepreneurship Concentration, ENTR 370 is focused on financial analysis and strategy in new and growing firms. Course topics are introduced and reinforced through case study analysis, discussion, in-class activities, speakers, hot washes, and the development of a financial plan that students present to investors at the end of the semester. Students can expect to take away critical and highly-marketable skill sets around building and interpreting financial projections, valuing privately-held firms, structuring debt and equity deals, creating value through deal terms, and managing by the numbers. Prerequisites: ENTR 200, ACCT 210 and junior standing.

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J-Term 2016 Courses
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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2008 - present)
  • Instructor, U.S. Embassy/AMCHAM, Ljubljana (2012 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2002 - 2008)
  • Instructor, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison (1998 - 2002)
  • Quality Engineer, Johnson Controls, Milwaukee (1996 - 1997)
  • Industrial Engineer, Videojet Systems International, Wood Dale (1994 - 1995)

Professional Memberships
  • NACRA - North American Case Research Association
  • USASBE - U.S. Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Professional Service
  • Economic and Business Review,
  • House of Talents,
  • Journal of Business Venturing, Reviewer

Public Service
  • St. Stanislaus, Other

Publications
  • Ebben, J. J., & Johnson, A. C. (2015). Simply sport bikes case study. The CASE Journal, (11)(1), pp. 113-132
  • Ebben, J. J., & Johnson, A. C. (2014). Borealis software case study. Journal of Management Policy and Practice, (15)(4), pp. 118-126
  • Ebben, J. J., & Johnson, A. C. (2011). SP equity case study. Journal of Management Policy and Practice, (12)(3), pp. 91-107
  • Ebben, J. J., & Johnson, A. C. (2011). Cash conversion cycle management in small firms relationships with liquidity, invested capital, and firm performance. Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, (24)(3), pp. 381-396
  • Ebben, J. J. (2009). Bootstrapping and the financial condition of small firms. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research, (15), pp. 346-363
  • Ebben, J. J. (2007). Decisions that impact small firm growth. Business Journal for Entrepreneurs Quarterly, (2007)(4), pp. 62-76
  • Ebben, J. J. (2007). Product offering, operational strategy, and performance of small firms. Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, (20), pp. 244-255
  • Ebben, J. J., & Johnson, A. C. (2006). Bootstrapping in small firms: An empirical analysis of change over time. Journal of Business Venturing: Int'l. Entrepreneurship, New Bus. Devel. and Tech, (21), pp. 851-865
  • Johnson, A. C., Ebben, J. J., & Pricer, R. (2006). Organization strategy for successful firm performance. Journal of Applied Business and Economics, (6)(5), pp. 73-83
  • Ebben, J. J., & Johnson, A. C. (2005). Efficiency, flexibility, or both? Evidence linking strategy to performance in small firms. Strategic Management Journal, (26)(1249-1259),
  • Johnson, A. C., & Ebben, J. J. (2004). Fluent Systems, LLC case A: Concept to market by leveraging university resources. Case Research Journal,

Books and Chapters

Research Interests
  • Entrepreneurship Strategy

Awards and Honors
  • Best Teaching Case Award, USASBE USASBE - U.S. Association of Small Business Entrepreneurs, 2012
  • Fulbright Scholar Award, Slovenia, 2011
  • International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 2009
  • Julie Hays Teaching Award, 2010
  • Special Recognition in Entrepreneurship Education Innovation Award, USASBE - U.S. Association of Small Business Entrepreneurs, 2013

Presentations
  • "ReconRobotics case study" USASBE - USA Small Business Entrepreneurship Conference, Tampa, Florida, January 01, 2015
  • "Amcom software case study" USASBE - USA Small Business Entrepreneurship Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, January 01, 2014
  • "The lemonade stand class" USASBE - USA Small Business Entrepreneurship Conference, San Francisco, California, January 01, 2013
  • "Simply sport bikes case study" USASBE - USA Small Business Entrepreneurship Conference, New Orleans, Louisana, January 01, 2013
  • "Automotion case study" USASBE - USA Small Business Entrepreneurship Conference, San Francisco, California, January 01, 2013
  • "From bags to riches case study" USASBE -Special Recognition in Entrepreneurship Education, San Francisco, California, January 01, 2013
  • "Simply sport bikes case study" USASBE - U.S.A. Small Business Entrepreneurship, New Orleans, LA, January 01, 2012
  • "Strategic planning for raising capital" Ljubljana Technology Park, Ljubljana, Slovenia, May 01, 2011
  • "SP equity case study" USASBE - U.S.A. Small Business Entrepreneurship, Hilton Head, South Carolina, January 01, 2011
  • "Decisions that impact firm growth" Strategic Management, Chengdu, China, January 01, 2007
  • "Creating a climate for entrepreneurship and economic development" International Conference on Strategic Management, Chengdu, China, January 01, 2007
  • "Integrating early stage entrepreneur, peer-to-peer roundtables into your programming" USASBE - U.S.A. Small Business %26 Entrepreneurship, Dallas, Texas, January 01, 2004
  • "A proposed model for incubating platform technologies to maximize economic returns" International Venture Symposium, Korea, Korea, January 01, 2000