In collaboration with various schools and colleges across campus, the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship is advancing the development of vibrant mix of entrepreneurship courses. Our goal is to provide students with increased opportunities to study and become involved in entrepreneurship.
Applications in "Open Source Science" and Innovation: A "Flipped", Service Learning, "Makerspace" Course In this class, we will be focusing on the idea of developing “open source science” projects that utilize low-cost environmental technologies, often for use in environmental justice situations. Interdisciplinary students will meet and form teams to identify an environmental monitoring project they would like to design and implement. Learn more
JOURNAL 383 ST-Entrepreneurial Journalism (32910) In this course, students will learn how to use their journalism skills to find and create new opportunities, through startup businesses or freelancing. Topics include: idea strategizing and development, marketing and audience development through social media, time and business management. Projects include case studies of profit-making journalistic websites, and the development of a site, from concept to business plan.
MARKETNG 491S-01 Sem-Small Business Marketing (38387) This course gives students the unique opportunity to learn and apply their business and marketing knowledge and work with a professional management consultant in "real life" business situations. It is an exceptional means for students to apply their knowledge gained in an academic setting through course work, lectures, readings, and other intellectual experiences to a real business situation. Students will work on a team, assess their client's marketing efforts, perform market research, and prepare an action plan (Marketing Plan) based upon their research. Distinguished guest speakers including small business owners and experts from a wide range of business areas will share their experiences and expertise.
This class is open to Senior and Junior Isenberg BBA majors only. Prerequisite: MARKETNG 301
SPORTMGT 392D S-Sport Entrepreneurship (39783) This course is designed to provide students with a foundational "road-map" for starting a new business in the sports industry. The course will clearly and methodically outline the key issues, current thinking, problems, and solutions one will face over the course of an entrepreneurial venture or career. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge base upon which to plan, launch, and grow an entrepreneurial venture; and/or be a contributing member of an entrepreneurial startup team.
SCH-MGMT 397A Intro to Entrepreneurship This course teaches how to start for profit or non-profit organizations and raise the funding you need. No pre prerequisite, offered in Fall and Spring semester.
SCH-MGMT 597E This course provides real world, hands-on learning on what it’s like to actually start a company. This class is not about how to write a business plan. It’s not an exercise on how smart you are in a classroom, how well you write code or what your patent is, or how well you use the research library to size markets. And the end result is not a PowerPoint pitch deck for a VC “demo day.” And it is most definitely not an incubator where you come to build the “hot idea” that you have in mind. This course is offered in the Spring and Fall and requires permission from the instructor to enroll.
Sch-MGMT 797B - Technology Management: Innovation & Entrepreneurship Couse topics include concept development, intellectual property, business models, business plan structure, sources of capital, financial modeling, market analysis and strategy, and team-building. The class will be held on Wednesday evenings from 5:45-8:15 PM. Students from business, engineering and the sciences are encouraged to apply. This course requires permission from the instructor to enroll. Please fill out the request form.
Department of Energy Wind Competition Students are invited to join an exciting cross-disciplinary design competition for next year. The Isenberg School and the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) department will offer interested students the opportunity to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition by taking one course in the Fall semester of 2015 and one in the Spring semester of 2016. Professors Birton Cowden (ISOM) and Matthew Lackner (MIE) will co-teach this two semester series bringing together entrepreneurship, engineering, site planning, and physical design. The course will meet from 4pm-6:50pm on Mondays (location TBD). More information can be found here: http://apps2.eere.energy.gov/wind/windexchange/windcompetition/ The project has some funding from the University and the National Renewable Energy Lab, and will pay for materials and travel for a few of the students to the final competition in New Orleans next May. If you are interested, please email Prof Cowden at email@example.com
In addition several other courses are taught by the Management department. While these are primarily intended for management students, students from other disciplines are welcome when capacity allows.
MGMT 241 New Ventures New Venture introduces students to the process of bringing an innovation to life. Students will learn how to analyze changes in society that create the need for innovation. In teams, students will identify a specific opportunity, investigate its feasibility, and plan its operation. No pre prerequisite, offered in Fall and Spring semester.
MGMT 462 Social Entrepreneurship Social entrepreneurship involves using the skills and strategies of business to innovatively and sustainably solve social, environmental, and economic problems. As a result, this course will help students identify and create business opportunities that have positive social impacts.
MGMT 342 New Venture Financing This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of the financing alternatives that may be available to a growing enterprise during its life cycle and the costs and benefits of each. After reviewing the basics of capital structure, the course covers a full range of financing options from traditional venture capital to corporate investments, government grants and funding techniques that make use of the internet. The course also addresses some of the strategic financial decisions that the entrepreneur encounters as the company matures.
MGMT 343 New Venture Organizing and Growth This course addresses the issues an entrepreneur must navigate to turn an idea into a vibrant business. Students learn how entrepreneurs form companies, build teams, secure intellectual property and develop a corporate culture. Throughout the course, particular attention is paid to?people issues? such as founder relations and the dynamic between the CEO and board of directors. Students also see that the entrepreneurial journey can become rocky when competitors try to block key hires, when the party on the other side of the table is a corporate giant and when cash gets tight. The course ends on an upbeat note when the business is to be sold for a sizeable payday. New Venture Organizing and Growth will be a required course for those Isenberg students who wish to qualify for a concentration in entrepreneurship.