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Develop Your Entrepreneurial Mind

You may want to start your own venture someday, or you may want to apply your innovative thinking to your future career. Either way, having an entrepreneurial mindset, knowledge and skills will get you there.

Entrepreneurship Core

No matter what your area of focus is at Laurier, you can combine it with broader studies in the world of entrepreneurship.

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Social Entrepreneurship Option

Create sustainable solutions to the world’s most urgent issues.

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MBA in Innovation + Entrepreneurship

Launch your venture while earning your MBA.

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Executive Master's in Technology Management

Earn a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Management in 11 months.

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Other Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Electives

BU111: Understanding the Business Environment & BU121: Functional Areas of the Organization

BU111 & BU121 are also open to students from any program or faculty. Through these courses, you will develop a new venture idea and its business plan, and learn how to present an effective pitch presentation.For students enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program, these projects also culminate in competitions:

 


BU321: Social Entrepreneurship

This course provides an understanding of the process of starting a new business dedicated to tackling social or environmental issues. The characteristics of the entrepreneur, the identification and evaluation of opportunities, the assembly of resources and the development of the business plan will be covered. The method of instruction involves cases, lectures and a research project.

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BU403: Entrepreneurial Finance

The primary focus of this course is on the financial challenges confronting small and medium sized businesses that are growing rapidly or aspire to rapid growth. In particular we will concentrate on (1) understanding the nature of the financing problems that confront these firms at critical junctures in their development, (2) becoming familiar with the many sources of funds for these firms with particular emphasis on angel investments, bank loans, institutional venture capital and public issue of equity (3) becoming familiar with the tax and regulatory environment within which such financing is obtained, and most importantly, (4) learning the key elements that enter into the structuring of the “deal” between demanders and suppliers of funds. A secondary focus of the course is on the special financing concerns related to management and ownership succession within family firms.

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BU421: Managing the Family Enterprise

This course is designed to enhance awareness of the significance, diversity and complexity of family business. It develops an understanding of the distinctive advantages and challenges of family firms, enhancing the ability to develop strategic solutions to improve the performance of family firms. Topics include but are not limited to: duality of business and family roles, intergenerational relations, sibling relations, conflict resolution, mate selection, governance structures for family firms, non-family executives, next generation commitment, consulting to family firms.

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BU460: Laurier Startup Fund

The Laurier Startup Fund is an experiential learning opportunity for senior business students to evaluate and ultimately invest in budding businesses. By working with a strong community of established investors, students gain valuable hands-on experience in being angel investors.

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BU479: High Tech Marketing

This course examines the process whereby high-tech firms market their products and services. It discusses the nature of technology adoption and diffusion, the relevant theoretical concepts involved and the ways and means for high-tech firms to compete successfully. The marketing tools and decision models adopted by high-tech firms and the factors contributing to their marketing success and failures are discussed.

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Graduate Entrepreneurship Options

MBA in Entrepreneurship

This unique entrepreneurship MBA stream offered at Laurier is designed for innovative individuals like yourself. Students will proceed through predetermined benchmarks in the program while being able to create a real enterprise for course credit in their MBA degree.

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BU611: Entrepreneurship for MBAs

An understanding of the process of starting a new business, including the study of the characteristics of the entrepreneur, the identification and evaluation of opportunities, the assembly of resources and the development of the business plan. Franchising and starting a new venture by an established company are also examined.

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SK632b: Entrepreneurship for Social Workers

This course is a focused introduction to social entrepreneurship designed with the assumption that you have little or no business or enterprise experience. Students are exposed to the full process from idea generation/opportunity (as social change agents) recognition through to venture creation; all in the context of social change.

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BU660: Laurier Startup Fund

The Laurier Startup Fund is an experiential learning opportunity for senior business students to evaluate and ultimately invest in budding businesses. By working with a strong community of established investors, students gain valuable hands-on experience in being angel investors.

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