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What is Entrepreneurship 3D?

Entrepreneurship at Suffolk University is about taking action to build value for new ventures and existing organizations. Our students DETECT pain points in the marketplace by needs and wants (the problem), DESIGN products and services (the solution), and DEPLOY the solution in the marketplace (commercialization of products and services).

The value of education is greater than curriculum. Our program teaches entrepreneurs to drive value-creation through action. You participate in a series of experiential opportunities, are engaged locally and globally, and you learn how to be an active participant in your future rather than a passive observer. Our entrepreneurship faculty combine theory and practice necessary to maximize your learning experience throughout your academic career.

You can major or minor in entrepreneurship. Our major consists of 21 credits (7 courses). You may select a concentration to further refine your entrepreneurship major based on your personal passion and career goals. Our minor consists of 9 credits (3 courses).

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Concentrations

As an entrepreneurship major, you may choose to concentrate on launching a new venture, corporate, family, design or social entrepreneurship. Concentrations allow you to customize your major to best fit with your entrepreneurial passion.

Launching a New Venture

Do you want to start a new business? Join the nearly one-fifth of our majors who create value by launching a new venture during or shortly after their academic career. In addition to your four major course requirements, you will also take courses around new product design and sales, bootstrapping and fundraising capital, and the nuts and bolts of the steps needed for an actual launch. You may also start your business during your academic program as part of this concentration with the use of resources provided by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Suffolk Law School's Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic.

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Corporate Entrepreneurship

How can you detect, design, and deploy new business opportunities within established firms? Corporate entrepreneurship prepares you for creating value by taking new products to market with an understanding of the challenges presented by an established company culture and organizational structure. In addition to your required four major courses, you will also take courses on corporate entrepreneurship, growing the small business, and a required internship.

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Family Entrepreneurship

How can you succeed as the next generation in a family business? Family entrepreneurship prepares you for challenges related to the dynamics of the family within the business, as well as succession issues. This concentration helps you develop the skill set needed to manage your family business professionally. In addition to your required four major courses, you will also take courses in the challenges presented by family dynamics, running a family business using professional business techniques, and a required internship in a family business.

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Design Entrepreneurship

Are you looking to create new products to solve problems in the global marketplace? Design entrepreneurship allows you to design new products that address consumer needs through the use of 3-D printing technology, as well as service and organizational design. In addition to your required four major courses, you will also take courses in design thinking and biomimicry, new product design, and selling new products. The Center for Entrepreneurship will also provide resources around various software applications to assist you with this concentration.

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Social Entrepreneurship

Do you want to start or lead an organization with a mission to make the world a safe, humane, and just place? In addition to your required four major courses, you will also take courses in social entrepreneurship, green and sustainable business, and a required internship around social enterprise.

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ENT-340: Crowdfunding the Startup

A course with a focus on crowdfunding is somewhat novel with very few universities incorporating this new entrepreneurial finance tool into the curriculum. This semester-long course is designed to accelerate the ideas of our top students from a plan to action. The discrete goal of launching a crowdfunding campaign is tangible for the students, whereas the general goal of starting a venture overall can at times be overwhelming.

Concentration Requirements

Launching a New Venture Corporate Entrepreneurship Family Entrepreneurship Design Entrepreneurship Social Entrepreneurship
Major core courses Creating Value
Measuring Value
Protecting Value
Delivering Value
Creating Value
Measuring Value
Protecting Value
Delivering Value
Creating Value
Measuring Value
Protecting Value
Delivering Value
Creating Value
Measuring Value
Protecting Value
Delivering Value
Creating Value
Measuring Value
Protecting Value
Delivering Value
Concentration course #1 Designing New Products or
Sell It!
Corporate Entrepreneurship Family Business I - The Family Design Thinking & Biomimicry Social Entrepreneurship
Concentration course #2 Raising Venture Capital or
Bootstrapping the Firm with Social Media
Design Thinking & Biomimicry Family Business II - The Business Designing New Products Green and Sustainable Business
Concentration course #3 Launching the New Venture Entrepreneurship Internship Entrepreneurship Internship Sell It! Entrepreneurship Internship

Interested in an Entrepreneurship Internship?

You can earn three credits as a major elective in entrepreneurship with a related internship. You can apply for internships with the Career Development Center through Ram Recruiter, or request one of your own. To receive credits, you need to request faculty approval to register for ENT-521 - Entrepreneurship Internship and receive faculty approval. To receive approval, you need to complete the ENT-521 application (attached) and include the requested documents. Once approved, your ENT-521 faculty will add you to the course for the semester requested. Below is a sample syllabus to assist you with course expectations, along with the ENT-521 application. To receive credit, you must complete 150 hours of work at your employer (including evidence of time worked by your employer), complete the required work (as specified in the syllabus), and receive a passing grade. Please email your application and requested materials BEFORE the start of the fall, spring and summer semesters to George G. Moker, Director of Entrepreneurship Programs (gmoker@suffolk.edu).

Advising Center

Clearance

Entrepreneurship students are encouraged to take responsibility for their course of studies and to this end, no clearance is necessary for you to register for classes. That said, entrepreneurship students often take double majors and multiple minors which complicate their course selection. If you would like to speak with your advisor, please contact them at the e-mail indicated below: If you prefer a meeting with your academic adviser, use the email link below for scheduling:


Open Advising Hours

Professor Suzyn Ornstein will be hosting open advising hours in her office (73 Tremont Street, Rm. 7066) from 12:30pm-1:30pm during the dates listed below. Feel free to stop by during the designated open advising hours to get answers about your program and get help with any advising questions you may have.

  • September 15
  • September 22
  • October 13
  • October 20
  • November 10
  • November 17
  • December 8

Fall 2016 Registration Dates

View the official registration & add/drop dates here. All entrepreneurship majors need to be cleared prior to the start of the registration schedule (unless cleared by faculty from other departments if a double-major or honors student). The Spring 2016 registration schedule is as follows:

  • Advising begins -
  • Senior priority registration -
  • Junior priority registration -
  • Sophomore priority registration -
  • Freshman priority registration -
  • Last date to Add/Register for courses -
  • Last date to drop without a "W" -
  • Last date to drop a course


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Getting 'E-Volved'

Are you interested in getting involved with the Entrepreneurship program at Suffolk? The Center for Entrepreneurship helps coordinate numerous involvement opportunities for students including the E-Club, ENACTUS, Sigma Nu Tau, the Student Advisory Board, Work Study Positions, along with upclassmen mentorship opportunities.

E-Club: The Suffolk Entrepreneurs is a group of energetic and ambitious students, Freshman to Senior, who share and collaborate about their entrepreneurial endeavors in an effort to bring their ideas to fruition. The executive board, comprised of four elite entrepreneurship students, focus their programming on bringing in specialist with experience in the areas of entrepreneurship, accounting, finance, marketing, start-ups, and the general practice of business to facilitate growth, conversations and networking to better equip club members to achieving their goals. Affectionately known as E-Club or ENT Club, this group is open to all Suffolk University students who are interested in entrepreneurship. Join us for our weekly meetings on Thursdays from 1:00PM to 2:00PM in Beacon 104. See you there!

Work Study Position: Are you a student with a federal financial aid work study award? The Center for Entrepreneurship has work study positions available for students with experience in program development, video production, social media marketing, and 3D printing. Email Jason Stenson (jrstenson@suffolk.edu) for more information.

Student Advisory Board: The Student Advisory Board is a small group of students in place to help the Entrepreneurship Program develop, coordinate, and host events and competitions. They are the ambassadors of the program and as a whole are a highly engaged group of students.

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