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Entrepreneurship

Specialization requirements

Year 3
COMM 382 The Economics of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
COMM 387
Entrepreneurial Finance
Year 4
Three of:
COMM 466
COMM 386D
COMM 386I
COMM 386L
COMM 386P
COMM 388
COMM 389
COMM 482
COMM 486G
COMM 485
COMM 486W

New Venture Design
Innovation Leadership
Innovation and Sustainability
Impact Investing: Social Finance in the 21st Century
Prototyping
Design Methods for Business Innovation
Creativity in Business
New Product Development
Intrapreneurship
Social Entrepreneurship
Creative Destruction Lab Venture Program

Employment outlook and opportunities

Entrepreneurship is a new option for students interested in creating new ventures or affecting disruptive change in existing companies. Entrepreneurial activity drives innovation, productivity and economic growth, but an unpredictable business climate and unproven products can result in significant challenges. Recent years have seen increasing numbers of Canadians choosing to become entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurship graduates have a variety of opportunities available to them. You could work as an independent entrepreneur and start a new venture or for early-stage businesses that need help in rapid growth phase.  You can also become an intrapreneur and innovator in a larger organization.

The Entrepreneurship option program is very applied and experiential. Building on solid conceptual foundations, you will study the economic drivers of innovation and new ventures, financial models, creative thinking, and problem solving. In New Venture Design, the capstone course, students from the UBC Sauder School of Business, Applied Science and other faculties work in interdisciplinary teams to design a venture, build a prototype, and develop the business model required to raise funding and possibly launch the venture.

Skill set required to be successful in Entrepreneurship

  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Strong team player
  • Project management skills
  • Time management skills
  • Action-oriented
  • Ability to work with ambiguity or incomplete data
  • Able to rebound from failure
  • High internal drive and motivation