Entrepreneurial Management Major

Do you want to focus all of your studies on how to innovate and start a business? Then the entrepreneurial management major may be the right path for you. The entrepreneurial management major helps students learn how to identify real-world problems, develop innovative solutions, and create a business around the solution. Since the major is part of the BYU Marriott School of Business, other classes help you build the general knowhow necessary to manage and run a business. Some classes provide the opportunity to work on your own business—whether it is a new idea or something you are already running. Graduates who aren’t ready to run their own business find job opportunities related to entrepreneurship and innovation, such as sales and product management, or more general roles in startup and growth companies.  

To learn more about the entrepreneurial management major, please visit BYU Marriott’s entrepreneurial management website. Applications are due each year on the last work day of June.

Entrepreneurship Minor

If you are interested in supplementing the knowledge and skills of another major, consider a minor in entrepreneurship. The entrepreneurship minor helps students explore entrepreneurship and obtain the skills necessary to start a business. Students learn how to come up with business ideas and then validate ideas to identify those that are most likely to succeed (or learn from failures). The minor helps students gain the knowhow to start, run, and grow a business. Students can tailor the minor to a variety of goals, whether to start a small business, join a family business, commercialize new ideas, or build a larger company.

To learn more about the entrepreneurship minor, please visit BYU Marriott’s entrepreneurship minor overview page.

Design Thinking Minor

If you are looking for something more focused on the skills of innovation and problem solving, then the design thinking minor is a great option. This minor helps you learn design principles to come up with innovative solutions to industry problems with a collaborative, project-focused approach. 

To learn more about the design thinking minor, please visit the overview page on the McKay School website.  

Crocker Innovation Fellowship

Similar to a minor, the Crocker Fellows Program offers students from all over campus the opportunity to collaborate and innovate. In two courses spanning one year, students learn core principles of entrepreneurial innovation and put them to work with the mentorship from faculty from multiple colleges. In the first semester, students build an innovation to solve a need that they have discovered. Following a summer internship, the second semester focuses on how to get the solutions in the hands of the people who need them. Teams are interdisciplinary, composed of coders, designers, engineers, managers, and many other majors, giving students the opportunity to collaborate with students that are unlike classmates in their major. The program has led to now well-established startups such as Owlet, Novi Security, and Recyclops, as well as up-and-coming innovations such as Portal automatic door openers, Thrive Smart System wireless sprinkler systems, Kiri screenless smart toys, Ascendant anxiety trackers, Canary Safety toxin-exposure testing for firefighters, and Pestle kitchen automation.

To learn more about the Crocker Innovation Fellowship, including the application process, please visit the program website.   

Entrepreneurship Courses for All Majors

If you just want to try out a class first, there are many available to students in any major. Even one class can have a major impact on and provide significant learning experiences for students. 

ENT 101: Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3 cr.)
Basics of entrepreneurship, its importance to society, its impact on future careers, and opportunities to pursue a startup company.

ENT 113: Startup Bootcamp (1 cr.)
Learn and apply the core problem-solving skills to create a startup company. Work in teams to identify entrepreneurial opportunities and develop innovative solutions. Interact with real customers to validate business assumptions and analyze the viability of the business.

ENT 300: Fundamentals of Starting a Business (3 cr.)
Practical aspects of business formation and growth. Create and launch a business and generate revenue under the guidance of course faculty.

ENT 301: Business Model Ideation and Validation (3 cr.)
Apply rigorous processes to learn to identify customer pain points and opportunities, validating an initial idea and developing a validated business model.

ENT 302: Legal Issues in Entrepreneurship (3 cr.)
How to plan for and avoid legal problems including forming the business, legal liability, and protecting assets.

ENT 381: Entrepreneurship Lecture Series (1 cr.)
Lectures by successful entrepreneurs on subjects significant to entrepreneur-type opportunities.

ENT 382: Tech Entrepreneurship Lecture Series (1 cr.)
Lectures about starting and running businesses by successful tech entrepreneurs.

ENT 490R: Topics in Entrepreneurial Management (various credits)
Topics covered vary by semester but include digital and social media marketing, real estate, and other topics. Check the course headers each semester to see the topics offered. 

MSB 375: Social Impact: Do Good. Better. (3 cr.)
Focuses on the most prominent approaches used in social innovation and entrepreneurship. Students develop skills in analyzing social ventures, including root cause analysis, solution evaluation, and social impact measurement, and leave with the confidence to pursue a life of purpose.

CS 405: Creating and Managing a Software Business (3 cr.)
Entrepreneurship, idea generation, strategic planning, legal organization, product development, marketing/sales, customer support, fundraising, and effective management.

MFGEN 479: Innovation and Entrepreneurship (3 cr.)
Develop ideas into a business model. Learn product development, entrepreneurial concepts and practices, and strategic planning and global competitiveness.

CELL 444: Bio-Innovation and Entrepreneurship 1 (2 cr.)
Students work as a team of consultants for external client life sciences tech companies. Students will develop the materials, strategy, organization, and rationale for successfully attracting investor capital to that business. At the end of the semester, students will know how create and grow a business around an existing foundation technology.

CELL 445: Bio-Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2 (2 cr. – CELL 444 pre-req) 
Students, as small teams, will search for and validate life sciences technologies or ideas as a potential platform technology on which to form a new business enterprise. At the end of the semester, students will know where new technologies come from and how to assess their potential commercial value.

TES 112: Innovation Bootcamp
Through a series of hands-on experiences, students explore principles, methods, and tools of innovation and design thinking in technology and engineering.


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