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Entrepreneurship Studies

Gain the skills necessary for starting and running your own business

Entrepreneurship is on the rise in the Americas, with more US citizens than ever identifying as an entrepreneur (nearly 14% or 27 million people according to the most recent Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Study. Further south, Latin American startup investment has seen a dramatic rise in the last five years, predominantly in Brazil and Mexico.

Evident in the statistics above, a growing number of North and South Americans are choosing to to start their own businesses despite the drawbacks of entrepreneurship (taking on considerable financial risk, abandoning a steady paycheck, and working long hours, to name a few). For many, becoming an entrepreneur is a dream characterized by boundless freedom, limitless earning potential, and the ability to make your own decisions.

How do you get started living the dream? You may aspire to become the next Steve Jobs or to own a small bakery. Either way, nobody instinctively knows how to run a company. Future founders and CEOs are either taught by trial and error once they find themselves in a leadership position or they’re taught inside a growing number of classrooms catering to entrepreneur’s needs.

Entrepreneurship programs teach a mix of theoretical and practical skills including business plan development, start-up establishment, team-building, market strategies, human resource management, leadership, innovation, and marketing. Because the skills needed across various industries are niche, universities have responded by offering more specialized programs. You’ll find a long list of entrepreneurship-based undergraduate programs. At the graduate level, you can get an MBA in Entrepreneurship or choose from other master’s, PhD, summer, and certificate programs.

To weigh your education options wisely, consider the following questions when reviewing entrepreneurship business programs:

  • How many alumni have created their own companies?
  • Who are their faculty? How many still practice in the field in which they teach?
  • Is entrepreneurship a concentration or an official track?
  • What practical learning opportunities exist in the program?

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