Entrepreneurship is a “life-skill” that does not end once an individual opens a business, starts a not-for-profit, or joins an existing organization.
Photo: Entrepreneurism 301 Students presented their final business pitches at the Design Innovation Garage inside the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Judges of the student's project were employees of 43north, the world's largest business idea competition.
- The Minor in Entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary minor designed for all majors and all career paths. The program complements a student’s major and encourages them to find creative and innovative ways to apply their knowledge.
- Classes introduce students to an entrepreneurial skill set with a significant emphasis on collaborative and creative learning, in addition to a more directed study of business methodology.
- The minor in entrepreneurship introduces students to the skills needed to effectively and creatively implement successful initiatives that will shape their community, lead to great personal satisfaction, and be a key economic driver.
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Students will learn to:
- Experiment with and implement new ideas.
- Apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to the development of a new business venture.
- Create opportunities that utilize their initiatives and their talents.
- Solve problems within traditional job settings using creative thought processes.
- Present their business concepts to a diverse range of stakeholders.
Why Entrepreneurship @ Daemen College?
Students have the opportunities to:
• Integrate the concepts of entrepreneurship into the liberal arts
• Generate the vision and action necessary to discover hidden opportunities
• Identify challenges while being able to implement creative solutions
• Develop interpersonal and leadership skills
• Gain familiarity with the issues entrepreneurs encounter in planning, financing, and launching a venture
• Explore and refine new venture concepts with peers, faculty, and professionals in the field
• Become acquainted with the many resources available in WNY’s emerging entrepreneurial culture
About Our Program
Minor Requirements (15 Credits)
• ENTR201 The Entrepreneurial Mindset (3)
This course identifies and analyzes the values, abilities, and personal attributes of entrepreneurs, with the premise that all people have the ability to be successful entrepreneurs. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of creative problem solving, opportunity recognition, networking, new venture development and entrepreneurship as it relates to for-profit, not-for-profit, and social ventures.
• ENTR301 The Entrepreneurial Skill Set (3)
In this course, students will learn to develop the skills necessary to transition an idea into action. Students will learn how to identify the critical tasks and hurdles in building an entrepreneurial venture (social action, business idea, or other venture), brainstorm creative solutions, and identify the necessary means for realization. This process will fall within the following categories: competitive advantage, feasibility studies, financial forecasts, marketing plans and validated learning.
• ENTR401 Entrepreneurship in Action (3)
This course is designed to explore entrepreneurial and business competencies by interconnecting ideas and objectives with regional stakeholders. Students will apply their knowledge of problem solving, and strategic planning on real business scenarios. Students will develop a new venture that is appropriate and feasible within the WNY community.
6 credits: Students will complete 6 additional credits from a list of selected courses relevant to their area of interest. Proposed studies are subject to the approval of the Program Coordinator.
- Joan C. Stovroff Endowed Scholarship for Future Women Entrepreneurs: Established in 2008 by Joan C. Stovroff, to assist Daemen College women who have post-graduate entrepreneurial plans focused on the Western New York area.
- Nancy Haberman Gacioch Endowed Scholarship for Women: Established in 2010 by Nancy Haberman Gacioch, assists women from Western New York attending Daemen College who have demonstrated financial need.
For more information about the Minor in Entrepreneurship at Daemen, contact Dan Shanahan, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator @ firstname.lastname@example.org
43North is the world's largest business idea competition, providing seed funds and incubator space for the next generation of entrepreneurs.
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dig, is a coworking space located in the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. dig is designed to help entrepreneurs of all types to form, refine, and launch their business ideas by providing them with education, mentoring, and access to broad business networks. In addition to providing resources to entrepreneurs dig offers a wide range of educational services.
“The entrepreneurship program focuses on: creativity, innovative thinking, strategic planning, rational risk taking, the power of networking, and having fun being an entrepreneur! These elements have helped me understand what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and has made me ready to conquer the entrepreneurial world. I recommend that every student who wants to step out and change the world enroll in the ENTR program!"
“The entrepreneurship program has affected me in a variety of ways. It has definitely been the most exciting and creative component of my education.
ENTR at Daemen College gives you the chance to do something truly unique, and if you give it your all and believe in your idea, you could find yourself on an incredible journey.”