Entrepreneurship Courses

 

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Entrepreneurship Courses

The Jake Jabs Center offers several courses each semester that cover a wide variety of entrepreneurial topics. From developing a marketable idea to creating a business plan to securing capital for your startup, we make sure our students graduate with the skills needed to run a business successfully. View the available ENTP courses below!

IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT COURSE SCHEDULING: Registering for an entrepreneurship (ENTP) course is a little different than other courses on campus. Make sure to download our registration guide below to ensure that you’re signed up for the courses you want.

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Fall 2021
Undergraduate Courses

ENTP 3200 – Essentials in Entrepreneurship
Section 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30-1:45PM
Instructor: David Ruderman
Location: Business School
Section 2
Mondays & Wednesdays 3:30-4:45PM
Instructor: Jim LoPresti
Location: Business School

This introductory course overviews all of the concepts, skills, and practical information relevant to startup companies. The materials are designed to help students anticipate HR, financial, and marketing problems through proper planning. The primary objective of the course is to teach students the real-world aspects of entrepreneurship in order to improve the odds of success.

ENTP 3201 – Lean Startup Fundamentals
Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00-3:15PM
Instructor: David Ruderman
Location: Business School

This course will help students understand how an organization creates, delivers, and captures value for customers; prioritize experimentation and iterative design over elaborate planning and traditional development; and apply a continuous innovation model to improve businesses.

ENTP 3230 – Small Business Accounting and Finance
Remote
Mondays & Wednesdays 3:30-4:45PM
Instructor: Eric Reiner

This course covers what an entrepreneur needs to know about accounting and finance when running a startup or small business. Topics include financial and legal concerns, financial reporting and cash flow analysis, budgeting, working capital management, asset decisions, obtaining capital, business valuation, and more. This course counts as a prerequisite to ENTP 3299.

NEW! ENTP 5022 – Digital Disruption
Tuesdays 6:30-9:15PM
Instructor: Madhavan Parthasarathy & Joel Appel
Location: Business School

Jointly taught by Joel Appel, one of Colorado’s greatest entrepreneurs, and an experienced professor, this CEO profiles course explores how digital innovations are disrupting traditional business practices. Students will participate in a team project where they identify an industry positioned for disruption, and then develop a relevant digital strategy. Students can also expect to learn from some of Colorado’s greatest digital and tech business leaders as key speakers. Cross-listed with ENTP 6022.

NEW! ENTP 5620 – New Venture Operations and Project Management
Online
Instructor: Jim LoPresti

Many viable businesses have failed due to cash flow problems, poor management, and poor execution. Utilizing both academic fundamentals and practical knowledge imparted by an experienced instructor, this course provides the project management knowledge and skills needed to build strong operation plans. Cross-listed with ENTP 6620.

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Graduate Courses

ENTP 6022 – Digital Disruption
Tuesdays 6:30-9:15PM
Instructor: Madhavan Parthasarathy & Joel Appel
Location: Business School

Jointly taught by Joel Appel, one of Colorado’s greatest entrepreneurs, and an experienced professor, this CEO profiles course explores how digital innovations are disrupting traditional business practices. Students will participate in a team project where they identify an industry positioned for disruption, and then develop a relevant digital strategy. Students can also expect to learn from some of Colorado’s greatest digital and tech business leaders as key speakers.

ENTP 6620 – New Venture Project Management
Online
Instructor: Jim LoPresti

Many viable businesses have failed due to cash flow problems, poor management, and poor execution. Utilizing both academic fundamentals and practical knowledge imparted by an experienced instructor, this course provides the project management knowledge and skills needed to build strong operation plans.

ENTP 6824 – Entrepreneurial Financial Management
Online
Instructor: Beth Cooperman

This course provides a foundation for the financial management of an entrepreneurial business. Topics covered include differentiation from traditional corporate financial management assumptions, financial aspects of setting up a business, and how to create, evaluate, forecast, and analyze future financial statements. Students will examine theoretical and practical valuation techniques, considerations for buying versus starting a business and franchising. The course also discusses different choices for financing a new business, venture capital, angel financing, crowd funding, private equity and security laws, harvesting alternatives, and financial distress turnaround considerations.

ENTP 6826 – International Entrepreneurship
Mondays 6:30-9:15PM
Instructor: Manuel Serapio
Location: Business School

This course focuses on the intersection of international business and entrepreneurship. Topics addressed include international entrepreneurship theory and practice (opportunity identification, processes and route to market). This course also highlights trending topics in international entrepreneurship such as digital globalization, cross-border e-commerce, emerging technologies driving international entrepreneurship, international social entrepreneurship. Leading practitioners and entrepreneurs will be invited to assist in facilitating selected course modules.

ENTP 6848 – Leadership in New Ventures
Online
Instructor: Jan Rutherford

This course provides students with an overview of key leadership principles for creating strategy and managing teams in a startup environment. It introduces leadership concepts critical to gaining true organizational commitment and focuses on case studies relevant to common business issues. By exploring what entrepreneurial leaders actually do and how visionary leadership is required to develop an organization, students will learn how to execute these concepts through measurable goals and objectives.

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Spring 2022
Undergraduate Courses

ENTP 3200 – Essentials in Entrepreneurship
Section 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30-1:45PM
Instructor: David Ruderman
Section 2
Mondays & Wednesdays 3:30-4:45PM
Instructor: Jim LoPresti

This introductory course overviews all of the concepts, skills, and practical information relevant to startup companies. The materials are designed to help students anticipate HR, financial, and marketing problems through proper planning. The primary objective of the course is to teach students the real-world aspects of entrepreneurship in order to improve the odds of success.

ENTP 3240 – Developing Dynamic Concepts
Mondays 5:00-6:15PM
Instructor: Jung Park

This course is designed to prepare entrepreneurial-minded students to critically and objectively evaluate the feasibility of their ideas. Entrepreneurs are motivated by plethora of “the next big idea” and are often fatally optimistic about their ideas. The course work will demonstrate how to objectively test and validate the feasibility of an entrepreneurial idea through data-driven analytical and strategic planning. Additionally, this course will provide pragmatic applications of the course content by incorporating real-life case studies presented by practicing entrepreneurs as guest lecturers.

ENTP 3260 – High Impact Sales for Entrepreneurs
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30-10:45AM
Instructor: Jennifer Samuel

Selling one’s own concept to prospective customers and investors is very different from selling products in a corporate environment. In this course, students will learn how to get their message heard, get their ideal clients to want to work with them, and use their authentic brand to sell their small-business concept successfully.

ENTP 3299 – Business Model Development & Planning
Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00-3:15PM
Instructor: Barry McConnell

At the heart of every great business is a well-thought out business plan. This course teaches entrepreneurially-minded students how to create one, and students will tackle this project with a team or as an individual. Local entrepreneurs and investors will serve as guest speakers and share their experiences. Mentors and advisors associated with the Jake Jabs Center, as well as special Center-organized experiential events, will provide students with practical feedback. Prereq or Coreq: ENTP 3230 may be taken at the same time as 3299 for a coreq. If 3230 is completed as a prerequisite, a grade of C- or higher is required.

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Graduate Courses

ENTP 6020 – Business Model Development & Planning
Thursdays 6:00-9:15PM
Instructor: Madhavan Parthasarathy & Caleb Carr

Jointly taught by a successful Colorado entrepreneur and an experienced professor, this course familiarizes students with the key steps for preparing a business plan for a new (or existing) business venture. This course provides real-world feedback and advice and integrates coursework with THE CLIMB | Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition events to further enhance the quality of one’s business concept. Several past students have won prizes at THE CLIMB and launched successful businesses from concepts developed in the course.

ENTP 6834 – Lean Marketing
Online
Instructor: Jim LoPresti

This course teaches students how to create successful marketing strategies in entrepreneurial environments where resources are often limited and negative outcomes can be unforgiving. The course work will demonstrate the imperative link between the fundamental marketing principles and entrepreneurial lean marketing guiding principles through real-life case studies, project, videos, podcasts and reading materials. Student will leave this course understanding how to develop an effective and pragmatic marketing plan for an entrepreneurial venture.

ENTP 6842 – New Concept Development
Wednesdays 6:30-9:15PM
Instructor: Jung Park

This course provides insights and tools that will help students assess the viability of new business concepts (a.k.a. those in the very early stages of development). Unlike the “business plan” course where students create an actual plan, this course will help students determine if a new business concept is truly worthy of a business plan. The main objective of the course focuses on understanding problems and solutions from the potential market’s perspective. The value of the problem-solution approach is that it quickly gets to the reason why people buy things: to solve perceived problems. Along the way students will employ various experiential and theoretical learning aids to investigate a series of relevant topics such as product markets, new business concepts and entrepreneurial risk-taking.

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