Entrepreneurship Courses offered at St. Olaf
The Finstad Program offers two entrepreneurial classes through the Management Studies Program in the Economics Department: Principles of Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formulation. Both courses include a large experiential component.
This course introduces students to the principles of entrepreneurshipand examines the importance of entrepreneurship, covering both the theory and practical aspects of the subject. Students will acquire a greater understanding of the entrepreneurial process – a process of opportunity recognition, resource marshalling, and team building driven by communication, creativity, and leadership. Discussions focus on the relationship of liberal arts disciplines to the entrepreneur, the role of the entrepreneur in society and history, the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship, and the elements of the entrepreneurial behavior. Study concentrates on the entrepreneurial process from idea creation to ultimate business or other organizational activity. A leadership theme permeates these discussions. A variety of instructional techniques will be used including group projects, guest presenters, and practicing entrepreneurs attending the class.
257 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formulation
This course teaches students how to develop a business or not-for-profit venture concept into a business plan. Students choose whether to develop a real business plan for a local entrepreneur or pursue an idea of their choice. Students work in teams to identify a market need, design a strategy, and determine feasibility of the proposed venture. Ethical practice permeates these discussions. Weekly assignments develop the necessary speaking skills that prepare students for the final plan presentation. Local entrepreneurs and fellow students critique the final plan and offer suggestions. Offered during Interim.
Instructor in Economics
Office: Holland Hall 433