The purpose of the Entrepreneurship Minor is to prepare students to play crucial roles in the new venture community (as founders, investors, policymakers, technologists, executives, etc.), thereby impacting positively the world we live in and creating value of all kinds. The new venture community is defined broadly, 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 legal dynamics). 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. Within the minor, students select one of three concentrations: Technology Entrepreneurship, supported by coursework at the School of Engineering & Applied Science; Social Entrepreneurship, supported by coursework at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy; or Innovation in Business, supported by coursework at the McIntire School of Commerce. Additional courses are offered by the School of Architecture, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Curry School of Education.
The Entrepreneurship Minor is open by application each year to all University students who are enrolled in or have completed ENTP 1010 Startup class and whose academic requirements allow them the flexibility to complete the required 15 credits. 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.
Engineering students may not enroll and complete both the Engineering Business Minor and the Entrepreneurship Minor.