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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Spring 2022
Undergraduate Courses

ENTP 3200 – Essentials in Entrepreneurship
Section 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30-1:45PM
Instructor: David Ruderman
Section 2
(Hybrid) Mondays 3:30-4:45PM
Instructor: Chris Lobello

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
Instructors: Jung Park & Sarah Soenke

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 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.

ENTP 4200 – Mission-Driven Entrepreneurship
(Hybrid) Thursdays 5:00-6:15PM
Instructor: Caleb Carr & Sarah Engel

In this course, students will learn that impact innovation exists in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Students will explore what it means to be mission driven, and how to build ideas and concepts around the purpose. The course will walk students through the exploration of creating nonprofit, for-profit, joint ventures, clubs/orgs, and projects with a mission-driven focus. At the end of the course, students will be ready to move forward with implementing mission-driven ideas in various settings. Prerequisite: Minimum sophomore standing will be strictly enforced.

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Graduate Courses

ENTP 6020 – Business Model Development & Planning
Thursdays 6:30-9:15PM
Instructors: 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 6023 – Disruption in Private Equity and Real Estate
Tuesdays 6:30-9:15PM
Instructors: Madhavan Parthasarathy & Joe Slavek & Ron Suber

This “profiles” class combines the elements of two important investment pathways for the entrepreneur, namely Private Equity and Real Estate investing. Both these topic areas have experienced digital disruption in recent years and the course provides students with exposure to contemporary topics in both these fields.

A major portion of the class will be spent with entrepreneurs that lead private equity and real estate businesses. We will learn from their real life experiences and discuss how concepts can be applied to new business ideas.

ENTP 6120 – Disruption in Private Equity
First 8 Weeks, Tuesdays 6:30-9:15PM
Instructor: Ron Suber

Private Equity firms now need to contend with digital transformation as a ‘new dimension’ not only in terms of value creation, but also in terms of its being an imminent threat to legacy business models and industries. This course discusses sources and techniques of venture capital, including recent disruptions in the field. Additional topics covered include the critical elements in the search for financing, techniques for analyzing value, and tax considerations.

A major portion of the class will be spent with entrepreneurs that lead private equity businesses. We will learn from their real life experiences and discuss how concepts can be applied to new business ideas.

Note: This course is comprised of one 8-week module of a 16-week course focused on both private equity and real estate disruption (ENTP 6023: Disruption in Private Equity and Real Estate).

ENTP 6130 – Disruption in Real Estate
Second 8 Weeks, Tuesdays 6:30-9:15PM
Instructors: Madhavan Parthasarathy & Joe Slavek

Real Estate has historically been an entrepreneurial industry that has created great wealth for many. It also has the advantage of market entry on a small scale which can be grown with the entrepreneur’s success. Key topics such as commercial real estate, brokerage, property management, institutional investing, residential development, investment vehicles, and market disrupters such as Zillow and Redfin will be covered.

A major portion of the class will be spent with entrepreneurs that lead real estate businesses. We will learn from their real life experiences and discuss how concepts can be applied to new business ideas.

Note: This course is comprised of one 8-week module of a 16-week course focused on both private equity and real estate disruption (ENTP 6023: Disruption in Private Equity and Real Estate).

ENTP 6801 – Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Wednesdays 6:30-9:15PM
Instructor: Laurence Freeman

This hybrid course is intended for undergraduate and graduate level STEM and business majors who are interested in digital health entrepreneurship. After completing this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand and apply the principles and practice of digital health entrepreneurship
  2. Work in project teams to pursue a digital health opportunity and validate underlying business model canvas hypotheses
  3. Present their findings and decide whether and how to proceed

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.

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Summer 2022
Undergraduate Courses

ENTP 3210 – Visionary Leadership for New Ventures
Online
Instructor: Jim LoPresti

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.

ENTP 4028/6028 – Global Study Topics (Entrepreneurship in Barcelona)
MAYMESTER
Instructor: Jim LoPresti
Location: Barcelona, Spain

Join us in Barcelona to learn about international entrepreneurship in one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in Europe. Learn about Barcelona’s startup ecosystem from local entrepreneurs. Learn more here!

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Graduate Courses

ENTP 6807 – Personal Branding
MAYMESTER
Monday-Thursday 5:30-9:00PM
Instructor: Jung Park

This course is designed to show students how to create successful personal brand strategies for professional and personal development in both entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial environments. The course work will demonstrate the imperative link between marketing and personal branding through case studies, projects, guest speakers and reading materials. Students will also leave the course knowing how to develop and implement a personal branding plan.

ENTP 6822 – Legal and Ethical Issues of Entrepreneurship
Online
Instructor: Richard (Garth) Ferrell

This course addresses the legal issues most frequently encountered by entrepreneurs and others involved in startups and small, closely held or family businesses. The focus is on how to avoid legal problems and how best to cope when they arise. Topics include choice of business form, legal aspects of raising capital, taxation, intellectual property law, employment law, product liability, e-commerce and the problems of managing lawyers and litigation. Note: Cannot receive credit for both BUSN 6540 and this course.

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Fall 2022
Undergraduate Courses

ENTP 3200 – Essentials in Entrepreneurship
Section 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30-1:45PM
Instructor: David Ruderman
Section 2
(Hybrid) Mondays 12:30-1:45PM
Instructor: Chris Lobello

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 Startups Fundamentals
Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00-3:15PM
Instructor: David Ruderman

Get to know the Lean Startup method, an emerging paradigm for developing and launching new businesses and products. This methodology focuses on experimentation, customer feedback, and iterative design to increase a venture’s competitive advantage and chances of success. Course topics include the Lean Startup method’s history and benefits, as well as how to test hypotheses, collect data, create a minimal viable product, accelerate growth, pivot, and more.

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

Includes financial and legal aspects, financial reporting and cash flow analysis, financial planning, budgeting, working capital management, asset decisions, obtaining capital, business valuation, franchising, lease versus buy decisions, and financial aspects of international trade and different methods of obtaining capital. This course counts as a pre-req to ENTP 3780 and ENTP 3299.

ENTP 3900 – Experiential Topics in Entrepreneurship
Thursdays 5:00-7:30PM
Instructor: TBA

In Colorado’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, aspiring entrepreneurs need guidance, inspiration, networks, experiential events, and practice before launching a successful startup. This course will help you cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset and skillset that will not only empower you to create your own business but also stand out as a desirable job candidate to Colorado’s many innovative companies. Learn from today’s leading, most disruptive founders as you hear their stories and visit their businesses, and then develop your own idea with a team of your peers.

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Graduate Courses

ENTP 6022 – Digital Disruption
Tuesdays 6:30-9:15PM
Instructors: Joel Appel & Madhavan Parthasarathy

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 Operations and Project Management
Online (Second 8-Week Course)
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 (First 8-Week Course)
Instructor: Elizabeth 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. Cannot receive credit for both FNCE 6460 and this course.

ENTP 6826 – International Entrepreneurship
Mondays 6:30-9:15PM
Instructors: Manuel Serapio

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 new topics in international entrepreneurship such as digital globalization and new technologies driving international entrepreneurship (blockchain and the global supply chain). Leading practitioners and entrepreneurs will be facilitating these 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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