Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership


Most entrepreneurship courses are available to students from any discipline.

Experiential Track
The ELE 301/401 sequence focuses on individual initiative and learning through experiences.

Planning Track
The ELE 314/315 sequence focuses on the process of developing a structured new venture plan.

Special Courses

Foundations Track
The ELE 356/321 sequence focuses on the economic and social science foundations for entrepreneurship.

Graduate Level Courses

Course Descriptions

  • ELE 301 - Executive Leadership and Entrepreneurship I seeks to create an appreciation of the opportunities and uncertainties in an entrepreneur's life through extensive readings and interactions with entrepreneurs.
  • ELE 401 - Executive Leadership and Entrepreneurship II is a continuation of ELE 301 with extensive use of a computer simulated business startup. (Prerequisite - ELE 301)
  • ELE 314 (MKT 314) - New Venture Creation I provides students an opportunity to design their own new business startup. Students participate in creativity exercises and learn how to perform a market opportunity analysis.
  • ELE 315 (MGT 315) - New Venture Creation II allows students to take their market opportunity analysis from ELE 314 and develop it into a full new venture plan. (Prerequisite - ELE 314)
  • ELE 400/600 - Technology Entrepreneurship provides an introduction to technology-based entrepreneurship for undergraduate students in engineering and science majors.
  • ELE 499 – Executive Leadership and Entrepreneurship III provides an opportunity for high-potential students to participate in an entrepreneurial field experience such as starting their own businesses or participating in a special project. (By recommendation only.)
  • ELE 356 (SOC 356) - Social Science of Entrepreneurship is team-taught by faculty from the sociology, psychology and political science departments as an exploration of entrepreneurship from the social science perspective.
  • ELE 321 (ECON 321) - Economics of Innovation examines the nature of entrepreneurship and the contribution innovation has made to economic growth.
  • ELE 800 - Special Topics in Technology Entrepreneurship is a comprehensive study of a current topic in technological entrepreneurship. This course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits, but only if different topics are covered. (1 to 6 hours; Prerequisite - ELE 400/600)
  • MBA 845 - Technology and Innovation Management provides an interdisciplinary examination of issues with integrating technology and innovation into processes and products, evaluating tangible and intangible aspects of new technology adoption, management of research and development, and functional integration of marketing and operations.
  • MBA 872 - Entrepreneurial Finance provides a study of business valuation, financial forecasting, financial strategies and business harvesting through case studies and computer modeling. (3 hours; Prerequisites - MBA 807 or ECON 855)
  • MBA 875 - Enterprise Development provides an in-depth study of the entrepreneurial process from conception to birth of new ventures emphasizing discovery, searching for opportunities and gathering resources to convert opportunities to business. Students work in teams to write a business plan for a new venture.
  • MBA 899 - Selected Topics in Creativity and Innovation is an extensive study of the principles of creativity and innovation within a business environment, focusing on understanding and applying techniques to generate new ideas and develop strategic thinking skills to transform ideas into innovations.