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Entrepreneur Program (BAEP)
Course Descriptions

The number in parentheses ( ) following each course title refers to the number of units the course is/can be worth.

549 Initiating New Ventures (2-3) Moving beyond the business plan; identifying individual and organizational leadership skills needed to move a venture forward; "how-to" portion of establishing an enterprise.

551 Introduction to New Ventures (3) Study and development of analytical and conceptual skills in the management of new enterprises and new ventures within large organizations. (Duplicates credit in GSBA 586. Not open to MBA.PM students.)

552 Cases in Feasibility Analysis (3) Study of analytical techniques used to evaluate business concepts and new business development. Corequisite: BAEP 551 or GSBA 586.

553 Cases in New Venture Management (3) Cases and readings expose students to the challenges of developing long-range strategies for entrepreneurial ventures. Emphasis is on developing new industries, growth through strategic alliances, and issues involved in the long-range strategic positioning of emerging companies.

554 Venture Initiation (3) Learn to launch and scale a new business through entrepreneurial action and execution. Prerequisite: BAEP 552 or BAEP 556.

555 Management of Rapidly Growing Ventures (3) Exploration and analysis of the operational and financial issues entrepreneurs confront when managing a rapidly growing venture.

556 Technology Feasibility (3) Gives students the critical thinking and analytical skills they need to evaluate, value and manage technology as intellectual property. Students will learn the technology commercialization process, use data mining and assessment techniques for patent databases, and study the unique business issues facing high technology start-ups.

557 Technology Commercialization (3) Identification, evaluation and commercialization of new technologies. legal, financial and marketing aspects of technology transfer and development.

558 The Entrepreneurial Advisor (3) Site visits to five middle market firms and meeting their CEOs. Papers based on the problem or opportunity posed by the entrepreneur will be required.

559 Investing in New Ventures (3) Focus on the entrepreneurial skill set applied to new venture opportunities. Taught from the business plan reader's point of view; focus on selecting opportunities, structuring the relationship, adding value and realizing the value of that investment.

560 Acquiring Your Own Business or Opportunity (3) Issues faced by the entrepreneur who wishes to acquire an enterprise; appropriateness of an enterprise, understanding funding sources and valuation methods, developing a plan for due diligence, negotiating and consummating the transaction. The acquisition process, approaches to valuation, and the roles of the various parties in negotiating and consummating an acquisition of an existing business.

561 Entrepreneurship in Innovative Industries: Life Sciences (1.5) The challenges of new venture creation in the biotechnology, medical device, and healthcare areas; experience, evaluate, and analyze profits of current impact in the life sciences.

563 Corporate Entrepreneurship (3) How established organizations build successful new businesses through corporate venturing and intrapreneurship. Learn to apply an entrepreneurial mindset and entrepreneurial frameworks within an established organization.

564 Investing in Impact Ventures (3) Exploring the field of social impact investing, learn how social entrepreneurs attract for-profit investors and how conscious investors are utilizing investments to achieve social impact.

591 Social Entrepreneurship (3) Lead and manage with entrepreneurial methodology for charities, non-government organizations, social oriented enterprises and not for profit organizations.

592 Field Research in Entrepreneurship (.5-4, repeatable subject to approval of student's program director) Individual or team projects studying the business practices of an entrepreneurial industry, company, government agency, country, etc. Proposal, data collection, analyses, and written report. Recommended preparation: completion of required M.B.A., M.Acc., or M.B.T. course work. Graded CR/NC.

593 Independent Research in Business Entrepreneurship (.5-4 repeatable; subject to approval of student's program director) Independent research beyond normal course offerings. Proposal, research and written report/paper required. Recommended preparation: completion of required M.B.A., M.Acc., or M.B.T. course work. Graded CR/NC.

595 Internship in Business Entrepreneurship (.5-2 repeatable; units credited toward degree usually limited to 1) Supervised on-the-job business experience in the student's area of interest. (Curricular Practical Training) Recommended preparation: completion of required M.B.A., M.Acc., or M.B.T. course work.  Graded CR/NC.

596 Research Practicum in Business Entrepreneurship (.5-2 repeatable subject to approval of student's program director) Hands-on practical experience working with a faculty member in the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies on an ongoing research project. Recommended preparation: completion of required M.B.A., M.Acc., or M.B.T. course work. Graded CR/NC.

597 Consulting Project in Business Entrepreneurship (.5-5 repeatable subject to approval of student's program director) Individual or team projects solving real business problems for an existing business entity, domestic and/or international. Proposal, field research, analyses and oral and written presentations. Recommended preparation: completion of required M.B.A., M.Acc., or M.B.T. course work. Graded CR/NC.

599 Special Topics (1.5-3, repeatable - max 9) Current developments in the field of entrepreneurship: topics to be selected each semester.

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