Address: 441 Bryan Building
Web site: entrepreneurship.uncg.edu
- Entrepreneurship (BS) U718
About the major
The Entrepreneurship major is designed for the student who wants to become an entrepreneur by starting his or her own business or joining a creative, innovative organization that is entrepreneurial. Entrepreneurship majors join for-profit as well as nonprofit enterprises. There are eight major cross-disciplinary profiles that students can choose from after completing their foundation courses in entrepreneurship: (1) Creative Industries Entrepreneurship, (2) International Entrepreneurship, (3) Family Business Entrepreneurship, (4) Social Entrepreneurship, (5) Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship, (6) Health Care Entrepreneurship, (7) Franchising, and (8) Entrepreneurship Education. A capstone internship in one of the eight areas provides a real-world experience that sets this degree apart nationwide. Most courses are cross-listed, allowing students to count courses toward more than one major or minor.
What's Unique about Entrepreneurship at UNCG?
Our cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship program consists of more than 46 courses in 24 departments/programs across campus and has three options: a major (B.S. Entrepreneurship) (six courses), a minor for business students (five courses), and a minor for non-business students (five courses). It is for those who want to start and grow a business or work in an existing organization and be creative and innovative – skills needed for success in the 21st century. Students choose courses from specialties that are based on research on job growth for the next 20 years. Our program leads North Carolina in the number of courses and the selection across campus – be on the leading edge with your career! The academic entrepreneurship program has won major awards, including the 2012 Best Emerging Entrepreneurship Program by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Excellence across the Curriculum Award, the Small Business Institute Best Practices Award for Creative Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship, and the Distinguished Education Program Award from the Academy of Educational Leadership.
Academic Clubs and Organizations
Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) (www.c-e-o.org)
- The CEO works to inform, support, and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation.
- The CEO club focuses on connecting entrepreneurs at UNCG as well as other Triad colleges and universities.
- As a service project, the club provides entrepreneurship workshops to local high schools to inspire and educate future entrepreneurs.
- CEO frequently visits with successful local entrepreneurs and their businesses to gain real-world experience and provide networking opportunities for members.
- Information is at entrepreneurship.uncg.edu. The faculty adviser is Dr. Dianne Welsh.
- Internship opportunities and research opportunities with new and existing organizations in almost all disciplines are available. The Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program provides internship opportunities for entrepreneurship majors and minors by signing up for ENT 450 Directed Study (three credits). Travel abroad opportunities are available through the Bryan School and the International Programs Center.
- The Spartan Trader retail store provides students an opportunity unique to UNCG – the ability to work in a start-up venture without risking their own capital. The Spartan Trader offers students, faculty and staff, and the community the opportunity to buy resale items, food, snacks, and beverages as well as some handmade consignment items. If you are interested in selling handmade items, contact the Spartan Trader manager at (336) 256-0317. The Spartan Trader is a cross-campus, experiential learning initiative operated by students through UNCG courses. Built on the components of experiential learning, sustainability, and locally recycled items from the UNCG community, the Spartan Trader is operated under the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program office in the Bryan School of Business and Economics.
Career ideas include:
- Start your own venture.
- Work in a fast-growth, innovative firm.
- Join or buy a family-owned business.
- Buy a business or become a franchisee.
- Gain employment as a corporate entrepreneur, pursuing entrepreneurial ideas and concepts in a larger, established organization.
- Bring entrepreneurial skills and abilities to an organization in the public sector.
- Become a social entrepreneur, creating a new nonprofit enterprise or for-profit enterprise that creates value by addressing societal needs that are being unmet or delivered in new and different ways.
- Bring an entrepreneurial perspective to another discipline, such as architecture, sciences, social sciences, or the arts.
Professional organizations and accreditation
The Bryan School of Business and Economics is one of the largest business schools in North Carolina; its AACSB International accreditation in business and accounting puts it among the top 3 percent of business schools in the world. Professional organizations in the area include the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), Family Firm Institute, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), Academy of Management, and the Small Business Institute.
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