Winter Course Offerings
ENTP 299-001: Social Entrepreneurship
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 11:00am to 12:20pm
Prof: Damian Salas
This course focuses on how social entrepreneurs use innovative, market-oriented approaches to address the world’s most challenging social and environmental problems. By seeking both social and financial outcomes, social entrepreneurs generate suitable, systematic solutions to social problems that have multidimensional benefits. Just as entrepreneurs create and change their ventures, social entrepreneurs act as the agents of innovation for society as a whole, seizing opportunities, improving systems, inventing new approaches, and creating solutions to change society for the better. They disrupt static assumptions and conventional business models and define new frontiers of value creation. Being socially-focused, their mission is to create social and/or environmental change regardless of their business entity status: for profit, non-profit, hybrid. Social entrepreneurs challenge current paradigms and innovate to suggest new ideas and radical solutions to existing problems, both locally and globally.
ENTP 299-002: Life Strategies I
Mondays: 11:00am to 1:50pm
Prof: Roy Carriker
The Life Strategies series prepares students for current and future opportunities in an ever-changing workforce. Targeted at those interested in entrepreneurship, family enterprise, or being an individual contributor as a career alternative to a traditional job with a firm, the course is also well suited for any students wishing to broaden their career preparedness. The course builds awareness of global employment trends and reinforces entrepreneurship as an increasingly important life skill.
ENTP 499-001: Launch It!
Tuesdays: 6:30pm to 9:20pm
Prof: Charles Sacco
Launch It! is designed for those serious about being entrepreneurs, and not for the faint of heart. Students who have already registered or are interested in the course must complete the Launch It Application and submit it to Professor Charles Sacco for final consideration. For more information, please contact Professor Sacco at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the ten-week course, you will be expected to work on the actual launching of a start-up. You will be talking to customers, partners, and competitors as you encounter the iterative process of how a start-up actually works. You will work in teams, learning how to turn your business idea into a great company. You will learn how to experiment with different business models, validate a market need through customer development, and build all facets of a start-up company. Finally, you will see how to rapidly iterate your product to build something customers will use and buy. Each week will be a new adventure outside of the classroom as you test each part of your business model and then share that hard earned knowledge with the rest of the class.