Entrepreneurship Minors at UVA create value of all kinds and positively impact the word we live in—as founders, investors, policymakers, technologists, executives, and more. They serve in these vital roles throughout the new venture community, including not only startup companies, but also new ventures operating within or launched by established firms. The program provides an education in and experience with the tools, techniques, and transformations involved in new venture development (e.g., ideation and innovation, team building, product-market fit, financial and social return, and operational dynamics).

Some examples of topics covered in the minor include:

  • Winning solutions: Ideation, design thinking, and problem-solution fit

  • Management and operations: Team building and creating business models

  • Financial and social return: Venture capital, venture philanthropy, and impact investing

  • Change management: Executing widespread organizational change under conditions of uncertainty and intense, competitive pressure

While administratively hosted within the McIntire School of Commerce, the Entrepreneurship Minor connects entrepreneurship efforts among multiple schools at the University of Virginia through a coordinated and collective curriculum. You can choose one of three concentrations within the minor:

Innovation in Business

Social Entrepreneurship

Technology Entrepreneurship

Supported by coursework at the McIntire School of Commerce
Learn the tools and techniques that lead to successful startups and corporate innovation efforts across a broad spectrum of industries and causes

Supported by coursework at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
Create system-level change through the application of entrepreneurial thinking to social ventures, nonprofit organizations, government institutions, and NGOs to create economic, environmental, and social value for multiple stakeholders

Supported by coursework at the School of Engineering & Applied Science
Learn the fundamental issues of starting a technology-based venture, review cases of engineer-entrepreneurs, and explore how technology-based solutions solve economic and social problems

Acceptance into and declaration of the minor do not guarantee enrollment in the courses or completion of the minor. All courses are offered on a space-available basis. As a result, we will ask you to express a preference for your concentration on the application (as well as your second or even your third choice if you like), as there will likely be a limited number of spaces in any or all concentrations to ensure class availability for declared minors within the concentration.

Engineering students may not enroll and complete both the Engineering Business Minor and the Entrepreneurship Minor.  

The completion of either the Leadership or Entrepreneurship Minor requires a minimum of 15 credits unique to that minor (i.e., not “double counted” for another major or minor in any school or any prerequisites for those degrees).

Application Process & Timeline

Eligibility: To be considered for the minor, you must have completed or be enrolled in ENTP 1010: Startup and be in good academic standing according to your school of enrollment.

Timeline: The application is available Nov. 1, 2020, and is due Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at noon. Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances. Decisions will be released March 11, 2021.

Application components: The application includes 1) your academic information (transcript), 2) a summary of three meaningful activities, and 3) two short essay prompts.

Admission Considerations

Entrepreneurship minors are relentlessly resourceful. They seize the moment to improve processes, solve problems, or capitalize on opportunities. They’re curious, craving knowledge for the sake of knowledge. Success is their driver, and they persist to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals, whether strictly commercial, or designed to impact the world. Our students are comfortable with the uncomfortable: They won’t take "no" for an answer, question the status quo to achieve goals, and deftly navigate ambiguity. Finally, they make up a collaborative community, valuing teamwork and partnerships, and they know that you can’t do it all alone.