Entrepreneurship Minor

Entrepreneurship Minor

Live your life on the economic frontier.

Entrepreneurs can recognize business opportunities and know when to seize them. They use creativity, ingenuity and solid business skills to influence investors, raise capital and start their own ventures. They can identify emerging technologies and bring commercially viable ideas to fruition. Entrepreneurship is an an exciting lifestyle as much as a career choice. The Entrepreneurship minor will prepare you to live your life on the economic frontier, give full expression to your personality and build wealth for yourself.

Why study an entrepreneurship minor at UCCS?

  1. Support and Guidance

    If you have an idea or concept you wish to build into a business venture, UCCS offers entrepreneurial support through resources such as The Garage, the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurship Club.

  2. AACSB Accredited

    The UCCS College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance College Schools of Business (AACSB) which ensures your professors, classes and fellow students are of the highest quality. Only 5% of business schools worldwide have achieved this distinction.

  3. Exceptional Faculty

    Our leading instructors are nationally and internationally recognized for their research and instruction. Receive personalized guidance from professors with real-world experience in their field. 

  4. Ethical Curriculum

    The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS instills principle-based ethics education throughout the business school, resulting in a high standard of ethics in our students and graduates.

  5. Real-World Experience

    The College of Business houses its own Career Development Center, dedicated to provide business students with assistance in career development, internship opportunities and job placement upon graduation. 

  6. Global Perspectives

    The College of Business incorporates international business cases into the curriculum to ensure you are prepared for cross-cultural and international business opportunities. For those who wish to study abroad, the College of Business maintains partnerships with business schools across the world.

Entrepreneurship Faculty Spotlight
Tom Duening, Ph.D.
Dr. Thomas Duening is the El Pomar Chair for Business & Entrepreneurship, associate professor of management and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. He has over 25 years of experience in teaching entrepreneurship and running entrepreneurship centers. After receiving his PhD from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Duening was recruited to be the assistant dean of the business school at the University of Houston. There, he helped create the first entrepreneurship center in Texas, which has become one of the leading centers in the world. Dr. Duening went on to create centers for entrepreneurship at the University of Houston-Downtown and in the Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University.

Dr. Duening is well known for his advocacy of entrepreneurship as a life path, and for his research into human potential. In addition to having written 17 books on business and entrepreneurship, he also publishes widely on topics in management, organizational behavior and positive psychology. Duening believes that his teaching is most relevant not when people learn particular concepts or lessons, but when they are encouraged to change the trajectory of their lives to strive for things they previously thought unreachable.

What Our Students Are Saying

Lee Haider
Class of 2020
"Currently, I am the president of the Entrepreneurship Club here on campus. Being the president of the club has been such an amazing learning experience. I am also involved with my own startup with three other co-founders who attend UCCS. We are currently working out of “The Garage” accelerator here on campus. Our startup has competed in international startup competitions as well as state-wide angel investment competitions."
Sharon Erale-Palmer
Owner, Swirl Wine Bar
"I used what I learned from classes on marketing, research and trends and put it all in my (business) plan. (When I went for a small business loan) they recognized me as a good business owner. "