Degree Courses

For undergraduate and graduate students in the Sykes College of Business, a major, minor or concentration in entrepreneurship offers a powerful set of skills and competencies useful throughout a lifetime that might encompass several positions (and even several careers) across a wide variety of organizations. This skill set, along with a strong emphasis on experiential learning, will be attractive to employers and will prepare students to launch their own new venture, whether it’s right after graduation or years later.  

Approaching business education from an entrepreneurial perspective offers a new paradigm based on “productive” thinking – putting together the familiar in new, innovative ways. The curriculum currently includes courses in creativity, innovation and opportunity identification, feasibility analysis, marketing plan development, entrepreneurial finance, international entrepreneurship and business plan development.  

For more information on courses, see the Univeristy Catalog or contact the College of Business at (813) 257-3704. 

COURSE TITLES AND DESCRIPTIONS

ENT 320 Introduction to Entrepreneurship/Feasibility
This course requires students to develop a feasibility study for a new business venture. The study will be utilized throughout courses in the major and will form the basis of the business plan in ENT 487. In addition to a historical review of entrepreneurship, students assess the value of a concept and explore opportunity recognition, innovation and creativity, pro forma financial statement development, the legal structures of business, risk analysis and types of entrepreneurial ventures.

ENT 360 New Venture Finance
Prerequisite: ENT 320. Major sources of funding for new ventures are reviewed and evaluated in this course, including family and friends funding, angels, venture capital, informal investors, banks, investment banks, suppliers, buyers and the government. Some of the topics for this course include debt and equity captial markets, valuation, bootstrapping, joint ventures, strategic alliances, private placements, IPOs and management buyouts. Student will create proforms and develop a funding plan for a new venture.

ENT 390 Managing the Family Business
This course provides an overview in the beginning of the basic business principles as they apply to multi-generational businesses. The course covers the vital importance of family businesses to communities and national economies, and the unique problems and opportunities they face. A systems perspective is used to understand the dynamics among family members, the ownership and the management of the business. The course uses speakers, case studies and assessment tools to develop understanding and strategies for managing those dynamics. It is designed for majors and non majors either from or interested in family businesses.

ENT 486 International Entrepreneurship
Cross-listed with IBS 486. Prerequisite: ENT 320. This course includes the study of cross-national comparisons of entrepreneurial activity and examines the formation and functioning of innovative, proactive and risk-taking organizations that cross national borders. Attention is given to understanding the skills necessary to successfully launch a new venture in the global economy.

ENT 487 Business Plan Development
Prerequisites: ENT 320 and MKT 360. Co-requisite: ENT 360. This course draws on a broad range of business disciplines including management, marketing, finance and accounting to develop the business plan. Critical elements of the plan include industry/market analysis, clear opportunity and concept definition, target market analysis, a comprehensive human resource plan, financial pro forma analysis as well as statements of sources and uses of funds, and an assessment of critical risks. The semester long work on the business plan culminates with a business plan competition.

ENT 490 Entrepreneurship Internship
Students will receive one hour of credit for 56 work hours up to 224 hours.

ENT 495 Seminar in Entrepreneurship
Topics vary and focus on emerging ideas and the latest research in areas of entrepreneurship that are not covered by the current curriculum. Sample topics include creativity and problem-solving, innovation and technology entrepreneurship, legal issues for entrepreneurs, corporate entrepreneurship, real estate venturing and social entrepreneurship.

 

COURSE TITLES AND DESCRIPTIONS

ENT 670 Creating and Leading New Ventures
This course focuses on developing the skills necessary for successful entrepreneurship. Students will develop a business concept, define a new venture to market the concept, research the market and determine the commercial viability of the business concept, forecast sales and production, prepare financial pro formas, develop a marketing and funding plan and prepare and present a business plan for the new venture. Students will have the chance to compete in a business plan competition.

ENT 683 Legal Environment of Entrepreneurial Ventures
For graduate students only. This course broadly surveys the legal issues affecting entrepreneurial ventures, including: selecting and working with an attorney, business entity selection, corporate governance, contracts, the Uniform Commercial Code, operational liabilities, insurance, debtor-creditor relations, bankruptcy, human resources, and buying and selling a business.

ENT 686 International Entrepreneurship
For graduate students only. Cross-listed with IBS 686. Prequisite: ENT 670 must be taken by the end of the term in which ENT 683 is taken. This course provides an understanding of international entrepreneurship, including the development of managerial and knowledge based skills that underlie the successful launch of a new venture or existing business in the global economy.

ENT 695 Seminar in Entrepreneurship: Innovation and Creative Problem Solving
Topics will vary and will focus on emerging ideas and the latest research in areas of entrepreneurship that are not covered by the current curriculum. Though not limited to these, example topics include creativity and problem-solving, innovation and technology entrepreneurship, legal issues for entrepreneurs, corporate entrepreneurship, real estate venturing and social entrepreneurship.