Year 2: Entrepreneurship

Business Plan Tools

  • Feasibility Analysis
  • Market Opportunity Analysis
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Financial Statements
  • Funding Options
  • Business Plan Templates/Software

Speakers

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Angel Investors
  • Venture Capitalists
  • Government Agencies

Projects

  • Business Plan
  • Entrepreneurial Audit
  • Web Business Annual Report

"Live Case" Lab

Local entrepreneurs will present their companies and challenges and issues with which they are dealing. The purpose of case analyses is to provide students with opportunities to apply knowledge to real world situations. Students will identify and analyze the core issues in the case, run the numbers, draw conclusions and present a specific course of action to the entrepreneur. Essentially, the lab will focus on what and how an entrepreneur would actually do in a given situation as well as the reasons behind those actions.

Experiences

  • Web Business (e.g. Amazon Web Store, EBay business)
  • Field Trips
  • Tours
  • Elevator Pitch Competitions
  • Business Plan Competitions
  • Clubs (e.g. CEO, SIFE)

Presentations

  • Business Plan
  • Web Business Shareholders Meeting

Reflections

Students will be expected to journal, reflecting on what they have learned, and understand how that knowledge has impacted their beliefs, attitudes and personal development.

Conversations

Students will become familiar with Web 2.0 applications, including Facebook and Twitter. Peer-to-peer networks create a medium for peers to get in touch with one another and to teach one another in conjunction with interaction and instruction from faculty, speakers, and mentors. The goal of these networks is to generate and support a community that extends beyond the original scope of the program. This continued interaction serves the ideal of a continuing education well beyond the constraints of any one course.

Connections

The scholars program will create opportunities for students that will allow them to gain valuable experience, develop leadership and problem-solving skills, meet community and business leaders, and create powerful relationships to build upon in the future.

Portfolio

Students will create and maintain a professional ePortfolio. The ePortfolio will showcase the breadth and depth of student knowledge and provides evidence of personal and professional accomplishments. This ePortfolio will allow students to:

  • Showcase scholarly work and other documents in a wide range of formats
  • Demonstrate connections between learning experiences
  • Document awareness and achievement of skill sets, as well as identify gaps in these skills
  • Receive feedback from faculty, mentors, peers
  • Develop and share resumes
  • Store and share files and objects
  • Use email, blog, wiki, and other communication and collaboration tools
  • Create and participate in professional collaboration groups
  • Produce a personal ePortfolio Web site with profile, photos and video
  • Engage in professional and social networking