Entrepreneurship Division Course Listings

Undergraduate

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CDX1201 - BABSON EPS DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE

BABSON EPS DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE

4.00 credits

CXD1201 - BABSON EPS DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE

BABSON EPS DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE

CXD1201 BABSON ENTREPRENEUR DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE 4 credits - general credit Develop your skills as a passionate, self-motivated entrepreneur within a close-knit driven community. If you already have an idea that you want to grow, this is the program to help make that happen. Don't have an idea? You'll learn to identify opportunities and act on them. In the classroom, you will learn how to grow your commercial or social venture and develop tools and resources for your business. Most significantly, through lessons of corporate citizenship, you will discover how your business ideas fit into the greater world picture. Attend engaging classroom discussions, collaborate across businesses and meet with business leaders and Babson undergraduate and graduate student mentors. PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: Discovering how to position your business idea into the greater world picture through corporate citizenship and business development is the primary objective of EPS1501. The feasibility of the right business idea and learning to identify opportunities and the methodology to successfully act on them. Classroom activities and discussion will focus on learning how to grow your commercial or social venture, and to develop tools and resources for a business. Each student will acquire a unique understanding of the entrepreneurial process - a process of opportunity recognition, resource marshalling, and team building driven by business methodologies in idea generation, feasibility analysis and business plan communications.

4.00 credits

EPS1100 - INTRO TO THE ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCE

INTRO TO THE ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCE

EPS1100: Introducation to the Entrepreneurial Experience (previously titled: BABSON ENTREPRENEUR DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE) 4 credits - general credit Develop your skills as a passionate, self-motivated entrepreneur within a close-knit driven community. If you already have an idea that you want to grow, this is the program to help make that happen. Don't have an idea? You'll learn to identify opportunities and act on them. In the classroom, you will learn how to grow your commercial or social venture and develop tools and resources for your business. Most significantly, through lessons of corporate citizenship, you will discover how your business ideas fit into the greater world picture. Attend engaging classroom discussions, collaborate across businesses and meet with business leaders and Babson undergraduate and graduate student mentors. PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: Discovering how to position your business idea into the greater world picture through corporate citizenship and business development is the primary objective of EPS1501. The feasibility of the right business idea and learning to identify opportunities and the methodology to successfully act on them. Classroom activities and discussion will focus on learning how to grow your commercial or social venture, and to develop tools and resources for a business. Each student will acquire a unique understanding of the entrepreneurial process - a process of opportunity recognition, resource marshalling, and team building driven by business methodologies in idea generation, feasibility analysis and business plan communications.

4.00 credits

EPS1210 - THE ULTIMATE ENTREPRENEURIAL CHALLENGE

THE ULTIMATE ENTREPRENEURIAL CHALLENGE

EPS1210 - THE ULTIMATE ENTREPRENEURIAL CHALLENGE Formerly EPS3510 and EPS3579 2 credits This highly competitive course, patterned after the Donald Trump TV show, "The Apprentice," involves intense TEAM competition and problem solving. Students will elect CEOs, negotiate to acquire team members and compete for ten weeks to determine the ultimate winner. We have designed a learning experience that will develop and test your skills in strategy, marketing, negotiation, management, finance -- as well as creative, innovative, entrepreneurial thinking. Your learning experiences will primarily engage you in real world business cases, including when feasible interactions with the entrepreneurs that are the subjects of the cases, or practitioners who have relevant experiences and insights to share. Our goal is to make this course one of the most challenging and rewarding learning experience for you during your time at Babson. Prerequisites: FME1001 or MOB1000 This course is typically offered in the fall

2.00 credits

EPS1215 - FAMILY ENTREPRENEURSHIP AMPLIFIER

FAMILY ENTREPRENEURSHIP AMPLIFIER

EPS1215: FAMILY ENTREPRENEURSHIP AMPLIFIER 2 general credit elective This course is open to 10 students. Students should apply by copying the link below into a web browser: This is a practice oriented course that has two primary foci: 1) helping students from family businesses integrate their learning at Babson with specific needs of the family and to facilitate entrepreneurial activity, dialogue and relationship building between the student and their families as part of their experience at Babson. 2) creating hands on learning opportunities for these students that will better prepare them for their future with the family business including engaging with guest speakers, mentors, company visits etc. Course meeting dates: Prerequisites: NONE

2.00 credits

EPS3501 - ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND OPPORTUNITY

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND OPPORTUNITY

EPS3501 Entrepreneurship and Opportunity (General Credit) EPS3501, EPS3502, EPS3503, EPS3530, EPS3508 and EPS4520 are equivalent courses. Students can take only ONE of these courses. This course concentrates on identifying and evaluating opportunities for new business. The primary purpose is to investigate concepts tools and practices associated with identifying or creating new venture opportunities. Students will explore ways to shape and evaluate the viability of these opportunities by understanding key industry factors, market and competitive factors and customer needs. Students will gain a better understanding of personal entrepreneurial capacity, team building and management, and are augmented with readings, guest speakers, videos, and software simulations. Student teams will do at least two opportunity feasibility assessments. Prerequisites: SME2021 and SME2011 and SME2031

4.00 credits

EPS3503 - NEW TECHNOLOGY VENTURES

NEW TECHNOLOGY VENTURES

EPS3503 New Technology Ventures (General Credit) EPS3501, EPS3502, EPS3503, BRC3501 and EPS4520 are equivalent courses. Students can take only ONE of these courses. Creating a new venture that has technology as a basis for its products or services presents special challenges. On one hand is the "push" of new technology, as evidenced by the plethora of scientific invention and technological innovation. On the other hand is the "pull" of the market as it presents new entrepreneurial opportunities. Other key challenges present themselves in areas of intellectual property protection, team building and funding opportunities. In this course we will explore entrepreneurship in technology industries in depth with the hope of penetrating the popular veneer, and uncovering the guts of starting a growing new technology ventures. Of course, there is a lot about new technology venturing that is common to all new venture creation, and also the qualities entrepreneurs demonstrate are valuable in a wide spectrum of life's activities. A unique aspect of this course is its desire to include students from both Babson as well as the F.W. Olin College of Engineering. Particular value from this intermingling will be evidenced in the true interdisciplinary nature of the course field project teams that are formed, and the ability for students to begin to develop networks of relationships outside their individual domains of business or engineering. Primary Course Objectives: 1. To investigate the components, tools, and practices of technology entrepreneurship: identifying new venture opportunities, evaluating the viability of a new business concept, calibrating risk of successful technology development, protecting intellectual property, building a team that possesses the attributes necessary for success, obtaining appropriate financing, writing a business plan, and developing an investor presentation, creating an entrepreneurial culture that increases the odds of success, and creating liquidity for shareholders. 2. To identify and exercise entrepreneurial skills through classrooms debate and assignments. 3. To introduce students to a variety of technology entrepreneurs. Case studies are used as tools for discussion, and are augmented with readings and guest speakers. The core project for this course will be the development of a technology based business plan. Students will form teams to explore a business opportunity, and develop a business plan and investor presentation. Prerequisites: SME

4.00 credits

EPS3504 - FUTURE TRENDS AND EPS VENTURES

FUTURE TRENDS AND EPS VENTURES

EPS3504 Future Trends and Entrepreneurial Ventures 5 credits - general credit This course is designed to provide a strategic decision-making, future-oriented perspective in Entrepreneurship for undergraduate students interested in Entrepreneurial Thought & Action methods used by start-up, early stage ventures, and corporations that practice innovation. We explore Entrepreneurial Thought & Action techniques for looking at the future including scenario planning, key-trend impact analysis, systems thinking, and experiencing the gestalt of the future. Students will develop an understanding of the future that applies to her/his own entrepreneurial leadership vision, identify Key Future Factors (KFF) that allow entrepreneurial leaders to address customer needs currently unmet, identify trends and systems key to developing opportunities scalable into large markets, and develop an action approach to scale an opportunity with an assessment of future trends and markets. Prerequisites: None

4.00 credits

EPS3505 - GREAT EPS WEALTH:CREATION,PRSV,DEST

GREAT EPS WEALTH:CREATION,PRSV,DEST

EPS3505 Great Entrepreneurial Wealth: Creation, Preservation and Destruction General Credit This course will explore the stages of great entrepreneurial wealth creation, preservation and destruction. Topics will cover geographical and sector concentrations of great wealth formation, along with socio and economic conditions prevailing at the time of generation. Particular emphasis will cover the detailed paths of notable entrepreneurs from the past century, along with the ethical dilemma and social contributions attributed to each of them. The course also discusses the rise and fall of great family dynasties in the section of wealth destruction. Current practice of wealth generation, preservation and destruction methodologies will be reviewed, covering hedge funds, family offices and entrepreneur impropriety. Participants of this course will be expected to enhance skills in identifying market opportunity and wealth generation techniques as well as gain greater insight on interpersonal and market forces that contribute to wealth evaporation. Ethical dilemma, including a thorough discussion of high profile industry scandals, will be explored along with factors contributing to fraud and investor impropriety Prerequisites: none

4.00 credits

EPS3507 - STRTNG AND RUNNING A DIGITAL MEDIA BUSIN

STRTNG AND RUNNING A DIGITAL MEDIA BUSIN

EPS3507 Starting and Running a Digital Media Business 4 credit - general credit This course will be an immersion class that focuses on every aspect of planning, pre and post-production, publishing and promoting of a podcast focused on global entrepreneurship. The objective of this course is to put the students in charge of operating a real business in which they get to rotate through a variety of roles and experience first hand what it takes to plan, produce, deliver and market a product in the digital media market. The course will reinforce a multitude of learning goals including rhetoric, quantitative analysis, ET&A, global and multicultural perspectives, ethics and social responsibility, leadership and teamwork and critical thinking. Students are encouraged to work with the means at hand to plan and launch a high quality, successful podcast production with supporting elements. The students will be responsible for learning about the various aspects and responsibilities of launching and managing a digital program that would be global in nature and address topical aspects of entrepreneurship Prerequisites: None

4.00 credits

EPS3508 - EPS AND NEW VENTURES IN CHINA

EPS AND NEW VENTURES IN CHINA

EPS3508 Entrepreneurship and New Ventures in China 4 credit general credit Offered to students in the BRIC Program.

4.00 credits

EPS3513 - ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN FASHION

ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN FASHION

EPS3513: Entrepreneurship in Fashion 4 credits ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN FASHION EXPLORES THE CHALLENGES TO ENTREPRENEURS IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY WITH A VIEW TOWARD UNDERSTANDING OPPORTUNITIES, THE CHANGING NATURE OF DESIGN TO DISTRIBUTION TECHNOLOGIES AND PROCESSES, AND THE RESOURCES REQUIRED TO SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCH AND GROW NEW VENTURES AND CORPORATE INNOVATIONS. THIS COURSE WILL EXAMINE PAST, CURRENT, AND LEADING-EDGE BUSINESS MODELS WHILE BUILDING ENTREPRENEURIAL THOUGHT AND ACTION SKILLS IN THE FASHION CONTEXT TO CREATE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL VALUE. STUDENTS WILL FOCUS ON AREAS OF INTEREST IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY AND DESIGN BUSINESS MODELS AROUND OPPORTUNITY SPACES. THE COURSE EXAMINES CURRENT BUSINESS CASES. SPEAKERS FROM THE FASHION INDUSTRY WILL BE INVITED TO CONVERSE WITH STUDENTS ABOUT EXPERIENCE AND OPPORTUNITIES IN FASHION. Prerequisite: FME1001

4.00 credits

EPS3514 - BE THE CHANGE:EVALUATING SOCIAL IMPACT

BE THE CHANGE:EVALUATING SOCIAL IMPACT

EPS3514 Be the Change: Evaluating Social Impact 2 credit - general credit This is a required course for Ted Grossman and Natalie Taylor Scholars. The course is designed to help students frame and evaluate a number of questions and topics within the realm of social change. In doing so, we will explore the methods of making change and those players that make it happen. We will identify tools to use in evaluating the potential, progress and impact of nonprofits and change by studying specific organizations and change makers throughout history. We will discuss moral and ethical questions that face non-profits, social enterprises and social entrepreneurs and explore motivation, approach and best practices as it applies to social change makers. These discussions will mold our evaluation and exploration of the skill set necessary to implement one's passion for social change into one's future. Students who are not Grossman/Taylor Scholars should contact the course instructor before registering. Prerequisite: RHT and SME

2.00 credits

EPS3517 - 21ST CENTURY ENTREPRENEURSHIP

21ST CENTURY ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Meeting Dates: This class will meet on the following dates from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM • Thursday, June 13 • Sunday, June 16 • Friday, June 28 ESP3517 21ST Century Entrepreneurship 2 credit – general credit Business has tremendous societal ramifications. Inventions and industries from the automobile to the internet impact everything from air quality to economic and political freedom. Entrepreneurs, who are often at the forefront of business and thus societal innovation, are changing the way business is conducted by creating businesses that are beneficial to the bottom line, society and the environment. Through cases, projects and present day examples, the course will challenge students to understand the impact of business on society and the challenges and pitfalls of creating a sustainable venture. In addition, it will offer new frameworks for creating entrepreneurial ventures, which capitalize on social responsibility to gain competitive advantage, and increase valuation while benefiting society and the environment. The final deliverable for the course is an in-class presentation in which student teams will either: (1) present an outline business plan for a sustainable business opportunity; (2) recommend ways to improve the social and environmental impacts of a company, while increasing its competitive advantage and its bottom line; (3) benchmark two industry competitors, a sustainably oriented company versus a traditional company.

2.00 credits

EPS3518 - CROWDFUNDING

CROWDFUNDING

EPS3518 Crowdfunding 4 credit general credit This hands-on workshop gives students the opportunity to plan a crowdfunding campaign for a creative project or entrepreneurial venture. Online crowdfunding builds community around innovative projects by organizing stakeholders and leveraging in-person and online social networks. Goals of crowdfunding include stakeholder alignment, concept testing, product pre-selling and venture de-risking. Students work individually or as part of a team to design a crowdfunding campaign which at students’ discretion may be executed following the workshop. Students are expected to meet high standards and the focal point of the course is the production and refinement of a pitch video developed based on stakeholder engagement and opportunity shaping. The course integrates emerging research on crowdfunding and ongoing developments in the industry. Prerequisites: Students must be at least second semester sophomores.

4.00 credits

EPS3520 - MANAGING A GROWING BUSINESS

MANAGING A GROWING BUSINESS

EPS3520 Managing Growing Businesses (General Credit) This course covers the growth phase of an entrepreneurial business, focusing on the nature and challenges of entrepreneurial businesses as they move beyond startup. The primary task for entrepreneurial firms in their growth phase is to build an organization capable of managing this growth, and then ensure the organization can sustain growth as the market and competitive environment changes. The entrepreneur needs to create a professional organization both responsive to external change and entrepreneurial enough to continually create new businesses through innovative thinking. Issues of particular importance to rapidly growing companies include: getting the right people and systems in place, managing with limited resources, cash flow planning, leadership and delegation, professional zing the business, turning around a troubled business, establishing and communicating culture, and creating a vision to drive the organization toward the future. Prerequisites: SME and EPS350%

4.00 credits

EPS3524 - MADE IN JAPAN:CULTURE & OPPORTUNITIES

MADE IN JAPAN:CULTURE & OPPORTUNITIES

4.00 credits

EPS3532 - INTERNATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

INTERNATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

EPS3532 INTERNATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP 4 credit general credit This International Entrepreneurship course will explore the many dimensions and challenges of global venture creation and growth. The course offers a framework for understanding the entrepreneurial process in global contexts and exposes students to key issues and problems specific to international ventures. As the world becomes increasingly global, this course hopes to (1) encourage students to consider exploring entrepreneurial activities outside the domestic setting, (2) prepare them to see through a different set of lenses in order to better and more accurately identify vast global opportunities, and (3) equip them with various skills to better meet and tackle complex global challenges.

4.00 credits

EPS3533 - SUSTAINABILE EPS IN ISLAND NATIONS

SUSTAINABILE EPS IN ISLAND NATIONS

EPS3533: Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Island Nations and Territories 4 credits (elective abroad) Island nations and territories face particular problems with respect to resource usage and environmental impact given their geographic isolation and boundaries. While this is true of all island nations and territories, based on natural resources, policies, and other factors different islands are often faced with varying degrees of environmental challenges in key areas. The purpose of this course is to learn about the challenges faced by a particular island and investigate possible solutions that may be viable for that nation or territory given their specific policies and constraints. The initial offering will focus on waste in Jamaica, which is currently a significant problem for that country. Students will learn about the waste management system, major sources of waste on the island, current policies and solutions that are being investigated and develop initial proposals for business opportunities that may help with the problem.

4.00 credits

EPS3534 - SCHOLAR IN ACTION EXPERIENCE

SCHOLAR IN ACTION EXPERIENCE

EPS3534 Scholar in Action Experience 2 credit - general credit This two-credit course is designed to help individual students in the Bernon Scholar Program research, draft, and plan, execute, and evaluate a programmatic response to social or community need or concern for which the student is passionate. This course is accomplished in five parts: Exploration of issue, benchmarking and research of existing responses, planning of student's response, execution of that response and the student reflection on efficiency and effectiveness. Enrollment by Permission Only

2.00 credits

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