The Entrepreneurship Program offers classes in collaboration with 27 different areas within more than 50 cross-listed courses. Students develop concept models, feasibility studies, business plans, and implementation plans for businesses and innovative ventures. You will learn how to start and grow a business as well as how to be creative and innovative in any organization – profit or nonprofit. This “cross-disciplinary” model has earned national recognition and sets the Bryan School’s entrepreneurship program apart from other North Carolina schools.
- This program has won eight international and national awards including the Deshpande Foundation’s Excellence in Curriculum Innovation and Best Emerging Program from the U.S. Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship.
- Faculty members are recognized internationally and include appointed Entrepreneurs-in-Residence who are active business owners and investors that provide relevant insights to students from today’s market.
- Accreditations and affiliations include:
- Collegiate Entrepreneurs Association
- Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers
- Small Business Institute
The Student Experience
- After completing entrepreneurship foundation courses, students can choose from one of nine profiles, supported by more than 50 courses across campus:
- Creative Industries Entrepreneurship
- International Entrepreneurship
- Family Business Entrepreneurship
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship
- Health Care Entrepreneurship
- Entrepreneurship Education
- Sports Entrepreneurship
- This program emphasizes hands-on learning. Many courses require an external project working directly with an entrepreneurial endeavor or other projects focused on business challenges in today’s global market economy.
- Students seeking maximum flexibility can pursue a fully online four-year degree in entrepreneurship or a fully online minor.
- An internship is required for this program and is highly suggested for the minor. Bryan School events such as Company Spotlights introduce students to the local business community and provide an overview of available internship and employment prospects.
- There are a variety of student clubs available, such as Alpha Kappa Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, National Millennial Community, North Carolina Sales Institute, Spartan Investment Club, and THREADS.
- To learn more about the Entrepreneurship Minor, which is open to all students on campus, click or tap here.
Graduates have obtained employment at companies such as Google, Volvo, and Berkshire-Hathaway Real Estate. They have also started their own companies in clothing lines, guitars, food products, industrial services, retail stores, employment services, and the online marketplace.
Potential career paths include:
- Business Owner
- Creative Designer
- Franchise Owner
- Social Entrepreneur
- Sales and Marketing Consultant
- Business Analyst
- Family Business Owner
- E-commerce Developer/Manager
- Gymnasium Owner
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Degree Type: Bachelor's
College/School: Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics
Program Type: Majors & Concentrations
Class Type: In Person,Online
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Dianne H.B. Welsh, Ph.D.
Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Founding Director, Entrepreneurship Program