Entrepreneurship, Minor


Overview


"Developing entrepreneurial talent by developing real businesses"

Sontag winners

Undergraduate Minor

The entrepreneurship minor is open to all students at the university, purposefully designed without pre-requisites so any student can complement their major with entrepreneurial training. 

Learn more about the entrepreneurship minor by reading through the tabs above.


Participating Faculty

Faculty from throughout Nevada's College of Business participate in the various entrepreneurship programs. Learn more about the entrepreneurship instructors.


Academic Advising

Students seeking to declare a minor in entrepreneurship or help with academic advising should contact Dr. Mark Pingle.

Curriculum


Jump to MBA Area of Emphasis in Entrepreneurship

The entrepreneurship minor is open to all students at the university, purposefully designed without pre-requisites so any student can  complement their major with entrepreneurial training. The  program seeks to provide the student with fundamental  entrepreneurial skills, enhancing the student's ability to one day  open and operate a business.

Credits: The minor includes 18 total credits. There are three required courses, comprising 9 credits. The remaining 9 credits are electives.

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • ENT 401 New Venture Creation: Explores the process of new venture creation, including opportunity recognition, determining feasibility, planning, securing capital, and team building. Assesses and develops entrepreneurial capacities.
  • ENT 402 Entrepreneurial Finance: Explores financial issues facing entrepreneurs, including stages of financing, cash flow, sources of funds, valuation, legal issues, strategic positioning, and exit strategies.
  • ENT 403 Applied Entrepreneurship: A new business venture is planned, including identifying the opportunity and market potentials, analyzing feasibility, articulating business functions, delineating risks and rewards. (Prerequisites: ENT 401 and ENT 402)

Elective Courses (9 credits)

There are pre-approved elective courses for the Entrepreneurship Minor, but students are also encouraged to speak to the Entrepreneurship Minor Advisor about the possibility of obtaining approval for other courses, for it is desirable to tailor your Entrepreneurship Minor to your business startup interests. Here is the list of courses currently preapproved for the Entrepreneurship Minor:

  • ENT 200 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship: Explores the basics of entrepreneurship, introducing students to the cycle of entrepreneurship, from idea generation and validation to presenting the idea to potential investors.
  • ENT 404 Entrepreneurial Marketing: Learn marketing principles and operational marketing especially useful for startup businesses or for new products initiated from within existing businesses.
  • ENT 451 Entrepreneurship Jumpstart: Learn entrepreneurship principles by jumpstarting your own business idea or by helping a fellow student jumpstart their business idea.
  • ENT 452 Entrepreneurial Sales: An overview of what you need to know about sales to make an entrepreneurial venture successful.
  • ENT 489 Entrepreneurship Internship: Internship with a business firm or organization providing practical experience and exposure to applied entrepreneurship problems.
  • ENT 493 Special Topics in Entrepreneurship: Study of selected topics in entrepreneurship.
  • ENT 495 Independent Study: Opportunity to study entrepreneurship independently, under the supervision of a faculty member, including working on developing a business idea.
  • ACC 201 Financial Accounting: In this course, you will learn the basic accounting practices, useful for tracking business performance.
  • MKT 210 Marketing Principles: Learn the basic marketing techniques and principles, useful for selling business products.

Suggestions

Based upon past student experiences, the following suggestions may help you get more out of your Entrepreneurship Minor:

  • Entrepreneurship is best learned by doing.
  • Visit the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship in AB 402 and find out how to move your ideas into action.
  • Participate in entrepreneurship competitions, including the Pack Pitch and Sontag Competition.
  • Join the Entrepreneurship Club and meet weekly where ideas collide. Participate in this built in group of like-minded students who engage in entrepreneurship on campus. Learn from experts in workshops and presentations that will further you toward the goal of becoming an entrepreneur.
  • Think about what courses will best complement the required entrepreneurship courses, given your business interests, and contact the Entrepreneurship Minor Advisor to choose electives for the minor that best suit you.
  • Plan to take ENT 401 and ENT 402 in the fall semester, and then take ENT 403 in spring semester, for ENT 401 and ENT 402 are pre-requisites for ENT 403. This will also allow you to best prepare for entrepreneurship competitions.

MBA Area of Emphasis in Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship involves turning an idea into profit. This can occur with a startup or within an existing business. To see profit in an idea requires a breadth of business understanding, and to obtain profit from an idea requires the ability to execute. An emphasis in entrepreneurship provides grounding in evaluating business ideas and much detailed exposure to the practical steps necessary to form and execute a business plan.

Faculty Advisors: Professor Mark Pingle and Chris Howard

  • BADM 791 Special Topics (Social Entrepreneurship & Non-Profit Management)
  • BADM 794 Value Creation and Measurement
  • ENT 601 New Venture Creation
  • ENT 602 Entrepreneurial Finance
  • ENT 603 Applied Entrepreneurship
  • ENT 604 Entrepreneurial Marketing: Learn marketing principles and operational marketing especially useful for startup businesses or for new products initiated from within existing businesses.
  • ENT 651 Entrepreneurship Jumpstart: Learn entrepreneurship principles by jumpstarting your own business idea or by helping a fellow student jumpstart their business idea.
  • ENT 652 Entrepreneurial Sales: An overview of what you need to know about sales to make an entrepreneurial venture successful.
  • ENT 693 Special Topics in Entrepreneurship: Study of selected topics in entrepreneurship.
  • ENT 695 Independent Study: Opportunity to study entrepreneurship independently, under the supervision of a faculty member, including working on developing a business idea.

Courses


The following list of courses are available in entrepreneurship. For the latest class schedules, visit MyNEVADA.

  • ENT 401/601: New Venture Creation
    Exploring the process of new venture creation, including opportunity recognition, determining feasibility, planning, securing capital, and team building. Assesses and develops entrepreneurial capacities.
  • ENT 402/602: Entrepreneurial Finance
    Exploring financial issues facing entrepreneurs, including stages of financing, cash flow, sources of funds, valuation, legal issues, strategic positioning, and exit strategies.
  • ENT 403/603: Applied Entrepreneurship
    Planning a business venture, including identifying the opportunity and market potentials, analyzing feasibility, articulating business functions, delineating risks and rewards.
  • ENT 489/689: Entrepreneurship Internship
    Internship with a business firm or organization providing practical experience and exposure to applied entrepreneurship problems.
  • ENT 493/693: Special Topics in Entrepreneurship
    Study of selected topics in entrepreneurship.

General Information

For the undergraduate Entrepreneurship Minor, Applied Entrepreneurship, ENT 403, is required and offered in the Spring Semester. ENT 401 and ENT 402 are pre-requisites for ENT 403.  If you do not have both of these pre-requisites, you may be able to get a waiver by contacting the advisor, Professor Mark Pingle, at pingle@unr.edu

Undergraduate students who are working on a business should consider taking the Entrepreneurship Jumpstart Course, ENT 493, during the Wintermester. Another good course offered during Wintermester is the Economics of Patent Law, ECON 493, and this course will be accepted for the Entrepreneurship Minor. 

Graduate students who are working on a business should also consider taking the Entrepreneurship Jumpstart Course, ENT 693, during the Wintermester. Also, the Economics of Patent Law, ECON 493, will be available during the Wintermester and is suitable for the MBA Area of Emphasis.  MBA students seeking an Area of Emphasis in Entrepreneurship can also take Value Creation and Measurement, BADM 794, during the Spring Semester, or take ENT 603, Applied Entrepreneurship. 

If you cannot sign up online for the course you want, schedule an appointment with the Advising Center. 


Advising


Advising for the entrepreneurship program is offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Advisors are located in the Ansari Business Building.

Undergraduate Advising


Mark Pingle

Mark Pingle

Professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship

College of Business/0030
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada 89557
Telephone: (775) 784-6634
Fax: (775) 784-4728
pingle@unr.edu

Graduate Advising


Chris Howard

Chris Howard

Lecturer of Entrepreneurship

College of Business/0048
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada 89557
Telephone: (775) 784-4912
Fax: (775) 784-1773
chris@nbsstar.com 

Faculty


David Croasdell, Hopping Professor of Entrepreneurship

David Croasdell

Roles
  • Program Communications
  • Sontag Competition Coordinator

David Croasdell has a joint appointment as a professor of entrepreneurship and associate professor of Information Systems. He received his B.S. degree in Zoology from University of Idaho in 1986. He received his M.S. in Business Computing Science from Texas A&M University in 1990 and his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Texas A&M University in 2000. Professor Croasdell has served as Chair of the University of Nevada Department of Information Systems.


Rod Hosilyk, Entrepreneurship Letter of Appointment

Rod Hosilyk

Roles
  • Entrepreneurial Finance Instructor
  • Community Liaison

Mr. Hosilyk is a seasoned results-oriented marketing-driven executive with international experience in both large corporations and entrepreneurial ventures specializing in strategic & niche marketing of manufactured products with a unique specialty in small mechanism design and consumer products. He has held corporate positions in engineering, manufacturing, operations and senior management and is highly effective in starting and growing entrepreneurial ventures quickly and with a minimum investment. After serving in the military at an early age, Mr. Hosilyk start his business career in a high volume manufacturing division of Rheem Manufacturing where he started as a design engineer and was promoted up through the management ranks to Director of Operations. From there he left to take a position with BASF as senior Vice President charged with building a large manufacturing facility in southern California. Mr. Hosilyk has designed products for production in the US, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, China & South America, and successfully brought hundreds of products to market, created "sales channels" from scratch and has done product licensing deals in Europe, Asia, Sweden and South America. Mr. Hosilyk left corporate life in 1980 and became what some call a serial entrepreneur, successfully growing and selling a number of companies. After spending 35 years in Orange County in Southern California, he moved to Reno NV when he sold his company, Road Warrior International, to a Reno based high-tech company in 2000. Mr. Hosilyk is currently Chairman of the Board of four companies, an adjunct professor teaching an Entrepreneurial Finance minor at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), a guest lecturer on entrepreneurial marketing & finance at both Pepperdine University in the Graziadio School of Business Executive MBA Program and at the University of San Diego in their Executive MBA program.


Mark Pingle, Professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship

Mark Pingle

Roles
  • Program Coordination
  • Student Advisement
  • Internships (ENT 489/689)

Mark Pingle has a joint appointment as a professor of entrepreneurship and professor of economics. He received his B.S. degree in economics from Southern Oregon State College in 1983. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Southern California, in 1984 and 1988 respectively. Professor Pingle has scores of publications in macroeconomics, behavioral economics, and experimental economics. He has served as Chair of the University of Nevada Department of Economics and President of the International Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics. Desiring to more personally facilitate economic development in Northern Nevada, he shifted a large portion of his efforts toward the development of entrepreneurial talent. He spearheaded the effort to create the entrepreneurship program at the University of Nevada, subsequently spearheaded the creation of the community Entrepreneurship Nevada effort, and remains devoted to seeing entrepreneurial capacities developed at the university and in the community.




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Contact College of Business

Phone (775) 784-4912
Fax (775) 784-1773
Location Ansari Business Building
Address University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557