Center for Entrepreneurship

Center for Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs Start Here.

The Center for Entrepreneurship is dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship, venture creation and economic development in the Southern Colorado region. It achieves these objectives through its extensive research, teaching and service activities. The Center for Entrepreneurship faculty members are active scholars and authors, presenting their work in venues around the world. The Center's curriculum features a minor in entrepreneurship that is open to all students at UCCS.

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Curriculum

The Center for Entrepreneurship features a minor in entrepreneurship. The minor consists of nine credit hours for College of Business majors and 15 credit hours for non-Business majors. All students must take the following three courses for the minor in entrepreneurship:

  • ENTP 3000: Principles of Entrepreneurship: This course focuses on the teaching students principles of successful entrepreneurship that have been derived from research into the behaviors, cognitions, and attitudes of expert entrepreneurs.

  • ENTP 3100: Entrepreneurial Law & Capital: This course builds on the ENTP 3000 and dives deeply into the legal and capital formation issues that all entrepreneurs grapple with as they launch, grow, and exit their ventures.

  • ENTP 4000: The Business Plan: This hands-on course leads students through the process of crafting an investor-grade business plan and formal presentation to raise capital. Students will have many opportunities to hone their presentation skills and learn how to deal with lenders and/or investors.

  • Non-business majors must take two additional courses from the business core curriculum.

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.