Entrepreneurial problem-solving and leadership skills are a great way to enhance the value of the disciplinary expertise associated with a major. Put simply, knowing how to do/make something is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for success. One also needs to know how to create value and deliver solutions for others – this is the essence of entrepreneurial leadership.

Because of our belief that entrepreneurial thinking creates value by complementing disciplinary expertise, we do not offer a major. We don’t see much benefit in learning a lot about entrepreneurship if you lack expertise in doing/making something others value. Instead, we offer a focused certificate and minors that can fit into most students’ program of study, and supplement these with carefully aligned expert advising, startup resources, networking opportunities and other offerings that support students’ learning and venture development efforts.

Our classes and programs are open to all UCF students. We encourage you to review our curriculum offerings to see which ones best suit your needs and interests. Please contact Dr. Cameron Ford at cford@ucf.edu if you have any questions about our academic programs.

Entrepreneurship Certificate (12 Credits)

Entrepreneurial thinking skills that help individuals recognize opportunities, create solutions, and implement plans are essential to professional success and long-term career security. This certificate introduces students to models, methods, and skills associated with developing successful startups and new social, corporate, and government ventures. The certificate is open to students from all majors who want to learn how to turn their ideas into viable startups and new ventures. Click here to see a complete description.

Entrepreneurship Minor (18 Credits)

The entrepreneurship minor provides students from all academic disciplines with entrepreneurial skills needed to create successful startup ventures, new corporate initiatives, and potent non-profit organizations. This minor is a great complement to students’ education because it adds broad entrepreneurial thinking skills to the deep discipline-based expertise provided by academic majors. Participants will learn how to recognize opportunities, formulate solutions, and deliver results to those in need. These skills are essential to starting new businesses, and are valued by small and large organizations seeking employees who can create and lead innovative new initiatives. Click here to see a complete description.

Technological Entrepreneurship Minor (18 Credits)

The Technological Entrepreneurship Minor offers students an opportunity to learn how to develop and commercialize innovations. The courses describe several commercialization pathways including corporate ventures and licensing, but will emphasize the development of startup business ventures. Students will learn how to create economic and social value and incorporate business considerations into their problem solving and design efforts. Participants will also learn contemporary approaches to designing and implementing technology startup business models capable of taking an innovation to market. Click here to see a complete description.

Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Courses

ENT 3613 - Creativity and Entrepreneurship: This course portrays entrepreneurship as a creative problem solving process emphasizing opportunity recognition, resourcefulness, and leadership that results in startup, social, government and corporate ventures.

ENT 4013 - New Venture Design: Applied course which focuses on the creation, evaluation, development and launch readiness of a new business or social venture.

ENT 4014 - New Venture Implementation: Develops procedure by which start-up businesses can implement a well-researched business model by planning standard business functions necessary to launch the venture.

ENT 4183 - Technological Entrepreneurship: How technology and innovation processes affect social and organizational change, and the distinct challenges associated with launching, managing and growing technology-based business ventures.

ENT 4412 - Managing Small Business Finances: Emphasizes the relationships between the finance function and other company activities. Focuses on financial statements, cash flow, sources of financing, valuation, inventory and vendor management (only available to business majors).

ENT 4503 - Social Entrepreneurship: Emphasis on understanding how social entrepreneurs effect change in poor communities in the developing world.

ENT 4906 – Directed Independent Study: Requires an agreement with a Management Department faculty member including assignment descriptions, expectations, and due dates approved by the Chair of the Management Department.

ENT 4942 - Entrepreneurial Internship: Supervised, entrepreneurial-related work experience in a sponsoring organization. See Management Department for information. An application is required.

Other Entrepreneurship Courses as Restricted Electives

DIG 3563 - Information Management and Entrepreneurship

EGN 4641C - Engineering Entrepreneurship

MAR 3407 - Contemporary Selling (only available to business majors)

MAR 3765 - Entrepreneurial Marketing