Entrepreneurship (ENT)

ENT 200 - Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship Units: 3

This course explores the basics of entrepreneurship. This is a survey course that briefly introduces students to the various aspects and activities involved in entrepreneurship. Students then complete the focused courses on each aspect and complete the degree with the capstone ENT 280. The course will look at the characteristics of entrepreneurs, the cycle of entrepreneurship, idea generation and validation of an idea's ability to be successful, how to present your business idea to potential investors and how to take the plunge.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

ENT 201 - Entrepreneurship: Science and Engineering Units: 3

This course looks specifically at the required skills for the scientist, engineer or applied technologies student that is seeking to start his/her own business. The course will look at the aspects for entrepreneurship including an introduction to the business plan, the financial aspects and the marketing components. Students will explore the process of going from technology idea to market including the management of labs and intellectual property process.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

ENT 210 - The Art, Science and Discipline of Creativity Units: 3

Creativity is a critical component of successful organizations, in particular entrepreneurial ventures, in today's competitive and turbulent world. This class looks 'under the hood' of creativity to figure out what motivates and demotivates people to be creative and examines the latest theories regarding the physical, psychological and interactional influences on creativity, including creative problem solving and creativity in teams.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

ENT 220 - International Women's Entrepreneurship Units: 3

This course looks at the effects of women entrepreneurs on the world economy and at the paths that women take to business ownership. The course will look at each region and analyze the effects of micro financing, environmental concern and development status on the role of women within the economy. The course will also look at the role of women in creating change within their respective region and internationally.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

ENT 230 - Financing Your Small Business Venture Units: 3

This course explores the options that are available for financing your small business venture. Exploring ownership structures, venture capital, angel finance and the Small Business Administration. Students will complete the course with multiple avenues for financing new expanding existing business ventures.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: ENT 200

Term Offered: Fall

ENT 240 - Marketing for Small Business Units: 3

This course explores the marketing principles for the small business. Topics include integrated marketing approaches, ROI analysis, and how to effectively build relationships that build the small business venture.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

ENT 260 - Intellectual Property Units: 3

This course explores and defines the laws surrounding intellectual property. In particular students will become acquainted with the patent process, culminating in the draft of a provisional patent application.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: ENT 200.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

ENT 280 - Entrepreneurship and Business Plan Development Units: 3

This course provides an understanding of the principles of entrepreneurship and the knowledge and tools required to develop a quality business plan. Reflective of the body of entrepreneurship literature, student teams will use creativity and innovation techniques to generate new business ideas for which they will develop original, realistic and effective business plans. This is intended as a "hands-on" experience that explores the steps taken in the process of developing and presenting a proper business plan. This will provide the opportunity for student teams to participate in a variety of local business plan competitions.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall