Entrepreneurship Concentration and Minor

Course Offerings for Spring 2018

ENTR 300 - Entrepreneurship, Start Your Own Business (Required Course for Concentration)

This course is a study of the challenges and opportunities of starting up a business. Entrepreneurs tend to have limited resources and limited experience. Their goal is beating the odds of failure, growing and becoming profitable. Students adopt the tools necessary to design and develop a new business and engage their creative thinking capabilities. Students develop a business plan which brings together the marketing, operations, management, funding, accounting and legal aspects of business start-ups. Real world entrepreneurs may be featured as guest speakers.

Prerequisites: ENGL 110 Expository Writing, Domain Gen Ed Mathematics Core, and sophomore standing or above.


ENTR 301 - Cultivating and Managing Innovation

What drives successful innovation? How are innovations transformed into profitable and/or social change organizations? Why are some regions like Massachusetts able to stay more innovative over long periods of time? These questions, and others, will be addressed in this special topic course designed to help students be creative in their jobs, inspire start-ups, and/or manage people and teams charged with being innovative. Course taught by Dr. Robert Krim.

Prerequisites: ENGL 110 Expository Writing, Domain Gen Ed Mathematics Core, and sophomore standing or above.

ENTR 302 - Social Entrepreneurship

Starting, or working in, a non-profit organization, charter school, or entrepreneurial organization to meet a social need (YMCA or hospital) whether globally or in the US is an experience that many FSU graduates might have. What are your key steps in learning how to make a new enterprise happen? Hybrids, poverty, and sustainability are all part of what a student needs to understand in order to help make changes small and large. Guest speakers with social entrepreneur experience will talk with the class. Social enterprises in Massachusetts as well, as globally, will be studied and analyzed as case studies. You will develop a social enterprise project and develop a business plan for it. Professor Robert Krim, with several start-ups & 25 years' experience starting and leading not-for-profits teaches the ENTR 302.

Prerequisites: ENGL 110 Expository Writing, Domain Gen Ed Mathematics Core, and sophomore standing or above.


ENTR 495 - Entrepreneurs Interns’ Seminar Practicum (Recommended But Not Required Course for Concentration)

This course is a supervised practical experience for qualified students in the Entrepreneur Innovation Center. The seminar may be based on a weekly meeting with discussion of reading relevant to the work with entrepreneurs. Internship tasks vary based upon activities in the Center and may include idea formulation and revision, fundraising/finance, working with lawyers on Intellectual Property, family businesses, and expansion of a mini-business plan into a full business plan. Each student works with the instructor one-on-one on a regular basis in a parallel process to the seminar to set up, implement, and review specific projects with entrepreneurs. Practicum taught by Christy Garcia.

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, concurrent enrollment in ENTR 300 Entrepreneurship: Starting Your Business, and instructor’s approval. 

Note: ENTR 300 and ENTR 495 are also offered in the Fall semester. See descriptions above.


Contact the Innovation Entrepreneur Center & Entrepreneurship Concentration at innovation@framingham.edu.