Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship

EPS4523 - ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE EPS

ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE EPS

EPS4523 ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
4 General Credits

**Students must be Juniors or Seniors to take this course

In a global economy with increasing population and economic growth, environmental impacts and social justice are becoming increasingly important to today's business leaders. Environmental problems, resource shortages and social inequality will call into question our ability to continue to meet the needs of a growing population using our current solutions. While troubling, this future represents enormous opportunities for entrepreneurs who figure out how to meet those needs in new ways that take into account social and environmental issues

This course examines two aspects of this issue. The first is to look at ways in which we can develop these new solutions by understanding and challenging our assumptions of how the industries and businesses need to be structured. The second is to examine what it means to create a "sustainable" business, regardless of the nature of the business. Students will leave the class with a better understanding of how to identify opportunities that address environmental issues and have a better understanding of how their decisions as an entrepreneur impact the environment and society, regardless of the type of venture they are pursuing.

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing

4 credits

EPS4525 - LIVING THE SOCIAL EPS EXPERIENCE

LIVING THE SOCIAL EPS EXPERIENCE

EPS4525 LIVING THE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP EXPERIENCE
4 General Credits


EPS4525, EPS4530 (formerly EPS3530), EPS4531, EPS4532, EPS4533 and EPS4534 are equivalent courses. Students can only take one of these courses.

Living the Social Entrepreneurial Experience is about solving _people and planet_ problems while generating societal and economic value. Building on the foundation from EPS 3501, this course is action focused, where you will execute on a real opportunity in teams. Students put Entrepreneurial Thought and Action into practice by developing, taking and building on key action steps to advance their own social venture or on projects for existing social enterprises. Key elements of the process involve secondary research and engaging experts, stakeholders, analogous/complementary ventures, and investors/donors to enrich understanding of the social entrepreneurship landscape and test ideas. Course readings and cases will provide supplemental background. Core to the class experience is the question - how do you build and lead a social venture? Students will set milestones to move their venture forward, working with both with external mentors and peer advisors. The core is "action based learning" which will result in pivoting your venture based on information gained in experimenting and testing assumptions. The course has multiple deliverables related to key actions and decisions in marketing, finance, customer service and operations. Students are expected to work independently as well as interdependently with other social entrepreneurs in the course. Contact time for this course will be split between in-class sessions and out-of-class individual meetings with the instructor.

This course is typically offered in the following semesters: Fall


Prerequisites: SME and EPS3501

4 credits

EPS4527 - DESIGN:ECON, SOCIAL, ENVIRON CHALLENGES

DESIGN:ECON, SOCIAL, ENVIRON CHALLENGES

EPS4527 EPS BY DESIGN: ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES
4 Advanced Management Credits


How would you change the world if you could? This course is designed for entrepreneurs who want to learn and explore opportunities aimed directly at improving/benefitting the economic, social, and environmental challenges we face today. Design Thinking methodology, user-oriented collaborative design, and key Entrepreneurship concepts and action methodologies will be used to solve economic, social, environmental/climate problems.


Examples of opportunity spaces include renewable energy, eco-friendly Fashion, Nature's Design (Biomimicry), carbon-positive construction, increasing manufacturing efficiencies, protecting wildlife, food production, waste management, managing impacts of climate change on communities, and building a sustainable future, etc.


This Course encourages students to focus on challenges you are passionate about, to give these problems definition, and to build solutions that are well-defined. The Course is experiential. Students have the opportunity to engage with multiple stakeholders to motivate their entrepreneurial approaches and solutions.


Guest Entrepreneurs, including notable Babson/Olin/Wellesley Alumnae, who have developed innovations in the economic, social, and environmental/climate change opportunities spaces will share their venture experiences with the Class.

Open to Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors of Babson College, Olin College, Wellesley College

4 credits

EPS4530 - LIVING THE ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCE

LIVING THE ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCE

EPS4530 LIVING THE ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCE
4 Advanced Management Credits

Living the Entrepreneurial Experience is about being an entrepreneur in action, and "living" the experience of being an entrepreneur through this course. Building on foundations from EPS 3501, students will engage in Entrepreneurial Thought and Action by exploring how entrepreneurs build ventures - the actions they take - and the lessons they learn along the way. Throughout the course, students will be tasked with learning from "living" the experience of the entrepreneur through role-plays, simulations, and case studies all designed to understand how entrepreneurs negotiate their way as they build their ventures. The course will therefore be structured with a negotiation lens: negotiation theory and practice will be the guiding framework, such that students will be expected to prepare and fully commit to the experience of being an entrepreneur. Students will explore how to negotiate the variety of settings and considerations across the entrepreneurship diaspora and "live" the experiential outcomes. Every class will be "action based learning" where students will be asked to take on roles and then experiment and test assumptions to see how well they might do given the situation they are experiencing. Full engagement, preparation and participation will be critical to success in this course. The course will have multiple deliverables related to reflection after negotiating as well as considering future actions, all designed to reinforce Babson's ETA model.

This course is typically offered in the following semesters: Fall and Spring

Prerequisites: None


EPS4530 (formerly EPS3530), EPS4525, EPS4531, EPS4532, EPS4533 and EPS4534 are equivalent courses. Students can only take one of these courses.

4 credits

EPS4534 - ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND YOUR FAMILY BUSINESS

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND YOUR FAMILY BUSINESS

EPS4534 ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND YOUR FAMILY BUSINESS
4 General Credits

**Students must be Juniors or Seniors to take this course


Entrepreneurship and your family business is about taking action and executing upon a real entrepreneurial opportunity within students' family businesses. Students put Entrepreneurial Thought and Action into practice by acting on their ideas in order to advance a real opportunity for value creation within their family business. Key elements of the process involve both primary and secondary research through engaging family members, prospective customers, experts, suppliers, stakeholders, and investors. Students are challenged to test ideas and gain a clearer understanding of the complexities involved with mixing entrepreneurial efforts and family dynamics. Course readings and cases will provide supplemental background. Core to the class experience is the question - how do you build and lead a venture or entrepreneurial opportunity within a family business? Students will set milestones to move their idea forward, working with family members and peer advisors. The core is "action based learning" which will result in pivoting your idea based on information gained in experimenting and testing assumptions. The course has multiple deliverables related to key actions and decisions in marketing, finance, customer service and operations. Students are expected to work independently as well as interdependently with members of their own family and family business in the course. Contact time for this course will be split between in-class sessions and out-of-class individual meetings with the instructor.

This course is typically offered in the following semesters: Spring


Prerequisite: None. Students in their third and fourth year are encouraged to register for this course. Students in their first and second years need permission from the instructor.

EPS4534, EPS4530 (formerly EPS3530), EPS4531, EPS4532 and EPS4533 are equivalent courses. Students can only take one of these courses.

4 credits