Being an entrepreneur isn't just about starting a business. Entrepreneurship is a way of looking at the world. It's about innovative thinking, taking calculated risks, and, most importantly, about being able to recognize and seize outstanding opportunities to solve problems and create value.
As you develop an entrepreneurial mindset, you will envision new ways of doing things. Whatever career you pursue or company you decide to work for, having an entrepreneurial mindset will be essential for your success.
In fact, entrepreneurship skills drive problem-solving and innovation in all areas of business-new ventures, corporations, government, and the nonprofit sector.
Companies of all sizes value Entrepreneurship majors.
- Entrepreneurship skills companies need to create new products, new services and new business opportunities.
- Mindset of an entrepreneurial innovator within an existing company.
- Ability to take an idea, assess its viability and secure the resources needed to launch a new business.
- Business and management insight necessary for growing small businesses.
Entrepreneurship is the ideal complement to majors in functional areas (e.g., marketing, finance, accounting).
Learn By Doing
Our program embraces a theory to practice model focusing on giving students real entrepreneurship experiences in a protected environment.
You will be an active participant in a new venture experience. You will conceive,
launch, run and exit a real micro-business funded by a $5,000 investment from the
Students have the opportunity to conduct due diligence and invest real money in some of the most exciting start-ups in the state as part of our partnership with BlueTree Allied Angels, Pittsburgh's leading angel investor group.
In our distinctive capstone course, teams of students help struggling entrepreneurs with their new ventures or tackle entrepreneurial projects in existing firms.
Passionate faculty with practical experience.
Our professors are world-renowned scholars. Our faculty include entrepreneurs with decades of diverse industry and startup experience as well as a personalized learning approach.
Innovative curriculum addresses social issues.
You will learn to act as a change agent for society by seizing opportunities, creating solutions and inventing new approaches to social issues that create value for customers.
Beyond the classroom
You will be engaged in activities that will stretch your talents and enthusiasm. Duquesne's Entrepreneurial Alliance, a student-run organization, regularly hosts guest speakers, panel discussions and other sponsored events to expand your networking opportunities.
You will develop critical entrepreneurship skills:
- Spot trends and recognize valuable business opportunities
- Create and implement winning business plans
- Manage and grow operations
- Secure human and financial capital
- Solve problems and think creatively
- Build teams with complementary skills
- Sell your firm's products or services
- Negotiate and communicate effectively
- Take appropriate risks
What can you do with a major in Entrepreneurship?
Our graduates are sought after by all types of businesses for their valuable entrepreneurial mindset. Recent graduates have been hired by established companies like Amazon, IBM, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Giant Eagle as well as emerging companies like SnapRetail and The Motherhood. And, of course, some graduates are launching new ventures, applying to startup incubators and accelerators, and running crowdfunding campaigns.
Entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial thinking are needed in all aspects of business. Accountants, doctors, lawyers, and psychologists to name a few, all need these skills to run their own businesses.
ENTR 375 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship (for non-majors)
ENTR 480 Financing, Valuing, and Exiting Businesses
ENTR 481 Guerrilla Marketing
MKTG 476 Product Innovation or ENTR 494 Small Business Consulting
Students are encouraged to meet with their Student Success Coach for specific information.