Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise major and minor

Students can enroll in any ENT prefix class without prerequisites. For the major or minor for the B.S.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise, our students will use knowledge and skills from the program to:

  • • Design, launch and/or grow new businesses in a variety of sectors, return home to assist family businesses, or take on business development roles at growth-oriented companies.

  • • Interact with others to create business solutions and innovations with a social conscience, develop technology that is environmentally sustainable and tackle social problems with profitable solutions.

  • • Apply analysis and problem solving skills to provide meaningful and sustainable service to the University, community, citizens of Missouri and the world.

  • • Develop skills and attitudes required for life-long learning and serving others.

Our students are encouraged and supported by several programs as they create and launch new businesses:

About the Entrepreneurship
and Social Enterprise Program

Overview

The Harmon College of Business, with its tradition of hands-on, team-based and service learning, provides the ideal culture for business students that wish to prepare themselves for a socially aware entrepreneurial career, a career in social enterprise, or both. The HCBA Undergraduate Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise Major is designed to prepare students to design, launch, and grow new social business ventures. Since entrepreneurship can exist in any sector (private, not-for-profit, and government), our students are uniquely prepared to create business solutions and innovations with a social conscience, develop technology that is environmentally sustainable and tackle social problems through private sector solutions.

Hands-on Opportunities

All business students with a major in Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise conduct a feasibility study of a new process, product or service, develop a comprehensive business plan and community action plan, and then acquire funding and begin their venture. Students have the opportunity to participate in a student-run company, launch their business in UCM’s downtown business incubator, work with other student entrepreneurs in a on campus ‘hatchery’, join entrepreneurial student organizations, and enter Business Plan Competitions. Students are able to tailor their Entrepreneurship Emphasis with course selections in Entrepreneurship, Business and Community Organization, Technology Innovation and Transfer, Business Ethics, and relevant Social work options. Graduates have the skills to launch new businesses in a variety of sectors, return home to assist family businesses, or take on business development roles at growth-oriented companies.

Uniqueness of Program

This program is unique in its focus on promoting new ventures that start from the ground up with practical, innovative and sustainable approaches to benefit society in general. No other university in Missouri or Kansas addresses entrepreneurship in a social enterprise setting. Therefore, our students are able to identify social needs and incorporate social change in their business visions. Along with invention and innovation, students apply creative processes, or new applications of existing processes and technologies that solve a societal need. Combined with traditional business measures of success such as profit, revenues, and rate of return, a socially aware entrepreneur includes measures such as impact on society, social change, environmental sustainability, and justice. These future leaders are able to ask and answer the question of “How can I make a profit while changing the world?”

Vision

Our Vision is to unite the talents of entrepreneurs, students, Small Business Development Centers and faculty as stewards in the pursuit of business and social change through entrepreneurial outreach, curriculum, research and mentorship.

Mission

Empowering entrepreneurs to start and grow ventures for business profit and social improvement.



ESE Course Descriptions

  • Mgt 3385 IBE Practicum

    The “Practicum” section of the IBE course was designed to meet three primary objectives: to provide students with the opportunity to create and manage a small business enterprise, to cultivate and reinforce the students’ sense of corporate and ethical responsibility by requiring profits generated by the company to be used to assist a non-profit service project, to cultivate a sense of individual responsibility to the community by requiring the personal involvement of the student with the selected non-profit service project.


  • ENT 1300 Introduction to Entrepreneurship

    Students gain an overview of business practices and learn and practice concepts by starting a new business. Using entrepreneurial opportunities students raise awareness and funds for a charity of their choice. In addition, students should internalize a set of insights and attitudes that will enable them to be a life-long learner, and develop the interpersonal and team interaction skills that will enable success their relationships with others at home, at work and at play.


  • ENT 4315 Entrepreneurship

    The Entrepreneurship course will prepare participants to design and launch new business ventures, continue family ventures, or engage in small business. This course develops the ability to identify new product opportunities and/or ideas for new businesses. Students will learn to evaluate the feasibility of a product, service, or business concept. Students will interact with successful entrepreneurs from different industries, who will give workshops on their area of expertise. Each business plan will include an environmental and/or social impact statement. Your hands-on experiences will include applying classroom concepts to a real (or your own) business product or service. The culmination is a business plan.


  • ENT 3360 Innovation, Product Development

    This course will investigate innovation, how is it developed, implemented, and sustained to create a strategic advantage. This course will combine elements of strategic management, supply chain management, human resource management, commercialization, and leadership to explore the question of how businesses and non-profit organizations find new and innovative ways to differentiate themselves from their competition. This course will focus on process and business model innovation, as well as innovation transfer.


  • ENT 3800 Social Enterprise for Entrepreneurs

    The course is designed to meet 4 primary objectives: To introduce social entrepreneurship and provide students with the knowledge and skills to create a sustainable social enterprise. To cultivate and reinforce the students’ sense of corporate and ethical responsibility by requiring work done by student teams to meet a community need with a (plan for a) sustainable service project. To cultivate a sense of individual responsibility to the community by requiring the personal involvement of the student with the selected non-profit service project. To reinforce business and social work measures by requiring teams to report success factors.

    Teams of students will recognize and analyze a social problem and use entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a sustainable venture to make social change. Whereas a business entrepreneur typically measures performance in profit and return, a social entrepreneur assesses success in terms of the impact s/he has on society. Students will learn to work and make change in a variety of sectors (private, not-for-profit, and government).


  • ENT 4850 Internship or Entrepreneurial Start-up

    As a result of participating in the Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise Start-up program, students will be able to: apply theory and classroom learning to an actual business/charity environment, examine and test their ability to launch a sustainable product or service venture, develop communication and human relations skills.


  • ENT 3360 Commercialization

    Students will work to commercialize their own or other’s real inventions and ideas. Topics will include research, commercialization paths, intellectual property, licensing and new product/prototype development.