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 2023
Undergraduate Courses

ENTP 3200 – Essentials in Entrepreneurship
Section 1 – In Person
Section 2 – Hybrid

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
In Person

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
In Person

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.

ENTP 3900 – Experiential Topics in Entrepreneurship
In Person

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.

Graduate Courses

ENTP 6022 – Digital Disruption
In Person

Jointly taught by a successful Colorado entrepreneur, Joel Appel, and an experienced professor, Dr. Madhavan Parthasarathy, this course focuses on how digital innovations are disrupting traditional business practices. Students will participate in a team project where they identify an industry prepared for disruption, and then develop a relevant digital strategy. Students can also expect industry leaders from some of Colorado’s greatest digital and tech companies as guest speakers.

ENTP 6620 – New Venture Operations and Project Management
Online (First 8-Week Course)

Many viable businesses have failed due to cash flow problems, poor management, and poor execution. This course presents students with an operations model for developing internal and external plans when starting new ventures. 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 (Second 8-Week Course)

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 and considerations for buying versus starting a business and franchising. The course also discusses different choices for financing a new business, venture capital, angel financing, crowdfunding, private equity and security laws, harvesting alternatives, and financial distress turnaround considerations.

ENTP 6826 – International Entrepreneurship
In Person

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 6836 – High-Impact Sales for Entrepreneurs
Online

Selling one’s own concept to prospective customers and investors is very different from selling products in a corporate environment. In this course, you will learn how to shift your mindset to an “ownership” stance, so as to effectively persuade clients, venture capitalists and angels, and other entrepreneurs to invest in your vision, your concept, and your authentic brand.

ENTP 6848 – Leadership in New Ventures
Online

Selling one’s own concept to prospective customers and investors is very different from selling products in a corporate environment. In this course, you will learn how to shift your mindset to an “ownership” stance, so as to effectively persuade clients, venture capitalists and angels, and other entrepreneurs to invest in your vision, your concept, and your authentic brand.

Spring 2024
Undergraduate Courses

ENTP 3200 – Essentials in Entrepreneurship
Section 1 – In Person
Section 2 – Hybrid

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
Online

This course is designed to prepare entrepreneurial-minded students to critically and objectively evaluate the feasibility of their ideas. Entrepreneurs are motivated by a 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
Online

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 – Build Your Business: Plan, Pitch, Launch
In Person

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: ENTP 3230 or ACCT 2200 with a grade of C- or higher is required.

ENTP 4200 – Mission-Driven Entrepreneurial Mindset
Online

The course is designed to teach students to rethink the common market-driven approach to innovation, with a mission-driven focus. In this course, students will learn that impact innovation exists in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Completing this course will dispel the idea that purpose-driven innovation only exists in the non-profit realm.

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Graduate Courses

ENTP 6020 – Business Model Development & Planning
Hybrid

Jointly taught by an experienced professor, Dr. Madhavan Parthasarathy, Executive Director of the Jake Jabs Center, 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 | Startup Pitch 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 6110 – Innovation in Fintech
Online

Fintech describes products and opportunities that accrue when synergies between finance and technology can be effectively operationalized. It is rapidly changing the way we think about money and finance as it impacts banks, global financial markets, transaction speed, and government regulations. The global fintech market is predicted to reach around $250 billion by 2027. This course overviews the leading topics and innovations in fintech, such as peer-to-peer lending, digital wealth management, insurance, consumer finance, real estate, blockchain, automation, and payment systems.

ENTP 6200 – Mission Driven Entrepreneurship
Online (First 8-Week Course)

The course is designed to teach students to rethink the common market-driven approach to innovation with a mission-driven focus. In this course, students will learn that impact innovation exists in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Completing this course will dispel the idea that purpose-driven innovation only exists in the nonprofit realm.

ENTP 6801 – Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Online (Second 8-Week Course)

This hybrid course is intended for STEM and business majors who are interested in digital health entrepreneurship. After completing this course, students should be able to: understand and apply the principles and practice of digital health entrepreneurship, work in project teams to pursue a digital health opportunity and validate underlying business model canvas hypotheses, present their findings and decide whether and how to proceed.

ENTP 6807 – Personal Branding
In Person

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 coursework 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 6834 – Lean Marketing
Online (First 8-Week Course)

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, projects, videos, podcasts, and reading materials. Students will leave this course understanding how to develop an effective and pragmatic marketing plan for an entrepreneurial venture.

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Summer 2024
Undergraduate Courses

ENTP 3210 – Visionary Leadership for New Ventures
Online

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 grow a venture, students will learn how to execute these concepts through measurable goals and objectives.

Graduate Courses

ENTP 6822 – Legal and Ethical Issues of Entrepreneurship
Online

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.

ENTP 6860 – Innovation in Blockchain
Online

The class has four focus areas. The first covers the fields in which fintech is operating, such as financial education, blockchain and crypto currency, retail banking and investment. The second examines examples of fintech, including trading apps, peer-to-peer lending and robo-advisors. The third analyzes the four types of users. The fourth is about fintech innovations in machine learning and AI.