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Innovation and Entrepreneurship Courses

Our courses are co-taught by a team of practicing entreprenurs and industry experts. We use experiential learning to teach the entrepreneur mindset, lean startup, customer discovery, and prototyping with a heavy emphasis on flipped classrooms. In the first two weeks, students are required to get out of the building to test their assumptions and ideas.


Course Title: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Course Code: Entrepreneurship (ENT) 1001
Prerequisites: None
Instructors
: Alice Layton & Chris Miller
Syllabus
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Taught by Alice Layton and Chris Miller, this course includes practicing entrepreneurs, focusing on providing an introduction to the “state of the art” in the skills, perspectives and theories that innovators in any field or industry need to increase the likelihood of their entrepreneurial successes. With an emphasis on the application of systems and design thinking to entrepreneurial activities both within existing businesses and organizations, as well as new commercial and social startups, the class provides an overview of the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship with “real-world” examples and case studies. Specifically designed for students from all majors and degree levels, prior experience in entrepreneurship – or even a desire to become an entrepreneur in the future – are not required or expected.
Course Title: Principles of Social Entrepreneurship
Course Code: Education (EDUC) 2002
Prerequisites: None
Instructors: Alice Layton & Theresa Coble
Syllabus
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Employers in any industry are increasingly expecting applicants to have a basic understanding of the concepts of innovation and entrepreneurship and students who complete this course will be positioned to differentiate themselves when competing for employment in any field. Designed and taught by practicing entrepreneurs, this course is for students who are interested in understanding how the theories and skills of entrepreneurship can be used to not only build financially sustainable businesses, but also impact a particular population or community issue. While many of the management concepts and frameworks of commercial entrepreneurship apply to social ventures, this course will explore them in a social context while also addressing those issues that are unique to the nonprofit and social sectors. Even if a student is not interested in starting a mission based-venture of his or her own, this class will provide marketable skills for future professionals of any field. The class is specifically designed for students from all majors and degree levels and prior experience in entrepreneurship – or a desire ever to become an entrepreneur in the future – are neither required nor expected.
Course Title: Business in the Arts
Course CodeEntrepreneurship (ENT) 2030
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Phil Dunlap
Syllabus
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Designed and taught by Phil Dunlap, a 10-year veteran of the non-profit arts industry, this course takes an in-depth look at business aspects through the lens of the arts. With an emphasis on cultivating and developing an entrepreneurial perspective, topics examined will include the history of, and future challenges of the arts industry; developing and managing your personal brand (website, resume, CV); examining non-profit vs. for-profit organizational structures; budgeting as it relates to the production of a performance or exhibition; budgeting as it relates to the functioning of an organization; program development and evaluation; fundraising and grant writing, marketing and PR concerns, and much more. This class is discussion based and does not use a textbook. Weekly readings and case studies are assigned in-class and made available through MyGateway.
Course Title: Creativity and Systems for Innovation
Course Code:
 Entrepreneurship (ENT) 3040
Prerequisites:
None
Instructors
: Alice Layton & Chris Miller
Syllabus
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Taught by Alice Layton and Chris Miller, this course includes practicing entrepreneurs, focusing on This course examines systems theory, and its application to entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. Students will develop the ability to understand and solve problems, and initiate opportunities by thinking in new ways. Here students will learn about the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including the economic, social, and political factors acting on it, and how to use it to increase good outcomes.
Course Title: Experiential Entrepreneurship
Course CodeEntrepreneurship (ENT) 3650
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: John Palmer
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In this course, students will work side-by-side with experienced entrepreneurs and mentors, students will collaborate on generating innovative ideas and transforming them into business models for economically viable business ventures. Experiential learning will be used in live customer discovery, prototyping, and market validation.
Course Title: Accelerate Capstone
Course CodeEntrepreneurship (ENT) 4001
Prerequisites: ENT 1001,
EDUC 2002 or ENT 3040, 2.0 GPA or higher
Instructor: Chris Miller
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Designed and taught by current founders and CEOs of some of the Midwest’s most respected startup accelerators, the UMSL Accelerate Capstone experience combines cutting-edge theories of entrepreneurship and innovation with the real-world experiences needed to take an idea from concept to investable startup or new corporate division. Building on the foundations laid in prerequisites courses and prior internships, this capstone seminar and experiential lab is unlike any other.
Course Title: Entrepreneurship / Small Business Management
Course Code: Entrepreneurship (ENT) / Management (MGMT) 4614
Prerequisites: BUS AD 2900, FINANCE 3500,
MKTG 3700, MGMT 3600, 2.0 GPA or higher
Instructor: John Palmer & Chris Miller
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This integrative general management course is designed to communicate the academic principles of business management applicable to solving of problems of small and medium-size businesses and assist in their development. This course will provide a background in the forms of business, the development of business plans and systems integration, venture capital, accounting, procurement, promotion, financing, distribution and negotiations for initial organization, and operation and expansion of the firm.
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