Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Courses

ENTP 100 Innovation Ecosystem 1.0 Credit

This course is designed to introduce students to the numerous and varied innovative activities that are part of Drexel University, University City and the greater Philadelphia region. The course sparks curiosity about innovations and ideas not commonly encountered and stimulates creative thinking about new opportunities.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENTP 101 Life Strategies 3.0 Credits

The course explores the accelerating job market evolution and why future careers and earning a living will be vastly different from even recent history. Facts present why people should embrace entrepreneurship as a “habit of mind" as they maneuver future career options. The course introduces key personal, entrepreneurial skills valuable to every student to help them navigate their future whether or not they plan to be an entrepreneur. The course also introduces the fundamentals of starting an entrepreneurial endeavor, providing students with a basic understanding of startup essentials and why a startup isn’t just a smaller version of a large business. The course offers students the ability to frame a potential business idea for consideration by others, using only a few simple models, common sense, and logic.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENTP 102 Life Strategies II 3.0 Credits

Life Strategies II is the second in a two-part series of courses. This course introduces the fundamentals of starting an entrepreneurial endeavor by providing students with a basic understanding of startup enterprise essentials and why a startup isn’t just a smaller version of a large business. The course is intended to give a student who has no business training the ability to frame a potential business idea for consideration by others using only a few simple models, common sense, and logic. Life Strategies I is a prerequisite.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENTP 101 [Min Grade: D]

ENTP 105 Entrepreneurial Thinking 3.0 Credits

This course is intended for anyone interested in developing an entrepreneurial mindset for success in starting their own venture, or working in an established company or new start-up venture. Students will develop a mindset that will enable them to build a toolkit to create and evaluate entrepreneurial opportunities, marshal resources, and form teams driven by creativity, leadership, and smart action. In sum, this course is a journey through the fuzzy, front-end of early-stage entrepreneurial activity. This course is not intended to be a complete overview of entrepreneurship; it is an immersion experience for students to cultivate entrepreneurial thinking, not only to find and create opportunities, but in all that they do.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENTP 205 Ready, Set, Fail 3.0 Credits

Central to developing an entrepreneurial mindset is learning to appreciate risk and the potential for failure. This course will introduce students to forms and causes of failure, and will explore and analyze responses to failure. Students will capitalize on their own experiences with failure to build future success.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENTP 210 [WI] Leading Start-Ups 3.0 Credits

Entrepreneurs face unique leadership challenges, especially when founding a new company. This course provides the student and aspiring entrepreneur with tools and frameworks necessary for creating strategy, building companies, and assembling human capital with limited resources. By exploring what entrepreneurial leaders actually do, and how they do it, the student will learn through experiential exercises both the challenges and the excitement of starting a new venture.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENTP 215 Building Entrepreneurial Teams 3.0 Credits

The overall goal of this course is to evaluate the different approaches in forming teams during the startup of a new company. We will compare and contrast evidence-based and anecdotal team formation models to determine their advantages and disadvantages as well as their effects on the expected outcomes.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENTP 225 [WI] Mindfulness & Wellbeing 3.0 Credits

Modern-day demands create stress in workers’ lives, and gone unmanaged, stress can have devastating physical, psychological and financial implications. Investing in one’s psychological and emotional health pays long-term dividends because it buffers the negative effects of stress, and helps individuals become their best selves. Based upon the practice of mindfulness, and the domain of positive psychology, this course teaches students how to cope with contemporary challenges, and to become more proactive and to flourish in their entrepreneurial endeavors despite them.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP 250 Ideation 3.0 Credits

Innovation is the driving force behind today’s economy and ideation supports an individual’s ability to innovate. This course provides students with tools, methods and self‐reflection techniques necessary to bring new ideas into reality. Through creative innovation, successful entrepreneurs not only create new ventures but also re-invent companies to remain competitive in an ever-changing market. Students in this course will use ideation techniques to develop new ideas, change or build upon established practices and apply these techniques in approaching and analyzing business situations. Students will be able to apply creative skills more effectively both personally and professionally.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENTP 270 Social Entrepreneurship 3.0 Credits

This course examines how social entrepreneurs launch successful ventures to address the world’s most challenging social and environmental problems. The course introduces students to frameworks and methodologies that challenge current models to advance original solutions to existing problems. A passion for social change is advanced by adopting a market orientation and data-driven approaches that encompass both social and financial outcomes.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENTP 275 Diversity Entrepreneurship 3.0 Credits

Today, underrepresented groups such as women and minority entrepreneurs are starting new business ventures at a quick pace. Yet there are few resources for the business owners to improve the historically high failure rate or grow their new venture. In this course, students will understand how race, gender, or ethnicity plays a part in establishing a women or minority-owned enterprise. The current state of diversity entrepreneurship along with the conditions that support or block disadvantaged communities in the context of entrepreneurship will be examined.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENTP 285 Organizational Development and Change for Corporate Entrepreneurs 3.0 Credits

In today’s world, change and innovation are needed at every level of an organization. New processes, organizational designs, dynamic management styles, problem solving techniques, and market creation are not just for new product and service creation. An entrepreneurial mindset is the premise for the fundamental approach to meet the ongoing need for continuous change. Corporate entrepreneurs need to be well-equipped to act as change agents in an organization to diagnose, understand and address the need for change. Every organization is unique and organizational development techniques and processes should be designed specific to each organization. This course takes a deep dive into how corporate entrepreneurs can achieve planned and systematic development and improvement in a complex environment.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP 290 An Entrepreneur's Introduction to Land: Its Essence, Ethics, and Opportunity 3.0 Credits

This course is an interdisciplinary primer on the various layers and attributes of land, including its ecology, economics, social context, cultural history, and long-term resource capacity. An understanding of these attributes will open the door to a host of entrepreneurial and social entrepreneurial opportunity. Comprehension of key principles is achieved through hands-on exploration, journaling, field trips, experiential discussion, and real-world projects.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP 325 Early Stage Venture Funding 3.0 Credits

This course provides students with an understanding of the opportunities, challenges and methodologies typically associated with early-stage venture funding. It exposes students to the concepts, common practices and tools related to the funding needs of early-stage ventures with a focus on bootstrapping, friends/family financing, crowdfunding, angel-stage and venture capital investment. This course will also teach students to begin to think like an investor, evaluating startup investment decisions at each stage of a startup’s development. In this way, students will be able to critically examine decision criteria around investment decisions, key questions to ask founders, and better understand what founders need to do to create the best possible conditions for favorable investments.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: ACCT 115 [Min Grade: D] or ACCT 120 [Min Grade: D] or ACCT 110 [Min Grade: D]

ENTP 329 Entrepreneurship & New Technologies 3.0 Credits

Creating a new technology venture offers unique challenges. Indeed, innovation and advances in technology are prevalent, and technological innovation leads to competitive advantage. Students are introduced to the challenges of new technology- based companies that include: the complexity of intellectual property, research team development, and sources of funding. This course will examine entrepreneurship in technology markets and take a deep view of what it takes to be a technology entrepreneur.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP 340 Managing Entrepreneurial Growth 3.0 Credits

This course teaches students the essential concepts and skills that you need to successfully grow and manage a new business. Because managing growth includes leveraging assets and controlling risks at every stage of a new venture’s development, this course focuses on areas that are essential to a new venture’s growth, including planning, marketing, talent management, and financial performance. Through case studies and other experiential exercises, students will examine the growth opportunities of new ventures and then develop small business or new venture growth proposals. Students will also examine how firms obtain the necessary physical, financial and human resources necessary to grow a business during its formative years.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP 350 Dynamics of the Family Firm 3.0 Credits

This course studies the unique dynamics of family firms and the complex issues involved with creating, owning, and successfully operating a family business. Students will examine ownership structures, strategic human-resource issues, governance, strategy, marketing, family dynamics, culture, and philanthropy.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP 360 Franchising 3.0 Credits

Franchising is rapidly increasing worldwide. There is a growing need among franchise owners for employees with industry experience and know-how, and there are growing opportunities for entrepreneurs who want to start a franchise. Together, these developments present a unique opportunity for the entrepreneur. This course offers various aspects of starting, developing, and managing a franchise.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP 370 Global Entrepreneurship 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on international opportunity identification for new and emerging companies; market analysis; joint ventures, regional legal and cultural issues and financing foreign ventures. The course will provide students with an understanding of the complexities faced by entrepreneurs doing business in a global environment and with knowledge, which will help them to be successful within the global context. In classroom discussion, emphasis will be placed on entrepreneurship in the Eurozone, Brazil, Russia, India and China, however class projects (and discussion) will touch upon numerous countries across the globe.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP 375 3BL - Triple Bottom Line 3.0 Credits

The course seeks to develop students’ critical capacities for reflection and action based upon a systems-thinking framework, with respect to social, environmental, and organizational challenges and the ways in which new ventures can address them. Students will learn about the history of the sustainability movement as it is the precursor of modern triple bottom line organizational forms. Lectures and readings provide the history of the sustainability movement, social movements that led to innovation, and alternative perspectives on the global economy. The course addresses the pros and cons of growing and supporting local business vs. engaging with business on a global scale.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENTP 270 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)

ENTP 385 Innovation in Established Companies 3.0 Credits

This course provides students with an understanding of how companies remain competitive using innovation as the driving force behind product or service development. Entrepreneurs challenge assumptions and create value in established organizations. While most executives would agree that innovation is the key to a sustainable business in the 21st century, few seem to understand how to make it a reality. Students will be introduced to various kinds of internal and joint ventures, such as corporate venture-capital investments, alliances, mergers, and acquisitions to create value and promote entrepreneurship within an organization. Students will develop skills that are important for careers in an entrepreneurial setting and corporate venture activities.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP 390 Energy Entrepreneurship 3.0 Credits

This course will provide the groundwork to understanding new venture development in energy markets. Through experiential learning, specifically, field visits to local energy companies, and through guest speakers, students will develop an appreciation and understanding of the market conditions and policy implications of new ventures in this sector.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP 395 Entrepreneurship Practicum 12.0 Credits

The Entrepreneurship Practicum is a one-term experiential learning element within the three-year BA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation degree program. The Practicum provides you with a “hands-on” opportunity to use your learned entrepreneurial skills to develop your new startup idea, to work on the development of a new business idea within a startup company, or to work on new innovations in an existing business or family enterprise.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: ENTP 105 [Min Grade: D] and ENTP 225 [Min Grade: D]

ENTP 410 [WI] Thought Leadership 3.0 Credits

The individual entrepreneur faces many challenges. This course takes a philosophical and ethical approach to developing the entrepreneurial mindset. This course examines the ethical challenges in a start-up venture or high-growth firm, as illustrated through discussions by guest speakers–serial entrepreneurs. Students will be required to reflect on the varying viewpoints presented by the distinguished experts, and will develop their own approaches and philosophies regarding "the entrepreneur" and the "process of entrepreneurship.".

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore
Prerequisites: ENTP 210 [Min Grade: D], ENTP 270 [Min Grade: D], ENTP 385 [Min Grade: D] (Can be taken Concurrently)

ENTP 440 Launch It!: Early Stage 3.0 Credits

This course is designed for students interested in completing one of the minors offered by the Close School of Entrepreneurship. In the course, students will be expected to identify an opportunity and propose the launch of a company. Working in teams, students will also learn how to experiment with different business models, validate a market need, and build all facets of a start-up venture. Students will be expected to achieve milestones and propose key risks on which the venture's success depends.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP 450 Launch It! 3.0 Credits

This course is designed for those serious about being entrepreneurs. Students will be expected to work on the actual launching of a start-up. The course involves talking to customers, partners, competitors, experimenting with different business models, validating a market need through customer development, and building all facets of a start-up company. *Admission to this course requires a student to be an Entrepreneurship and Innovation major with a concentration in New Venture Creation or approval by the professor.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: ENTP 205 [Min Grade: D] and ENTP 325 [Min Grade: D]

ENTP I199 Independent Study in ENTP 1.0-12.0 Credit

Various topics of interest in the field of entrepreneurship will be reviewed. Topics will vary from term to term.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENTP I299 Independent Study in ENTP 1.0-12.0 Credit

Various topics of interest in the field of entrepreneurship will be reviewed. Topics will vary from term to term.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENTP I399 Independent Study in ENTP 1.0-12.0 Credit

Various topics of interest in the field of entrepreneurship will be reviewed. Topics will vary from term to term.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENTP I499 Independent Study in ENTP 1.0-12.0 Credit

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENTP T180 Special Topics in Entrepreneurship 1.0-12.0 Credit

This course covers various topics of particular relevance to the study of entrepreneurship.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENTP T280 Special Topics in Entrepreneurship 0.0-12.0 Credits

This course covers various topics of particular relevance to the study of entrepreneurship.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENTP T380 Special Topics in Entrepreneurship 1.0-12.0 Credit

This course covers various topics of particular relevance to the study of entrepreneurship.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ENTP T480 Special Topics in Entrepreneurship 1.0-12.0 Credit

This course covers various topics of particular relevance to the study of entrepreneurship.

College/Department: Close School of Entrepreneurship-3145
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

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