The courses in the Duke MBA curriculum that help students cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset may be organized in two categories: experiential courses and case-based courses. In experiential courses, students learn by doing, working on actual business problems under the guidance of faculty. The case-based courses CEI recommends are either entrepreneurship-centered classes or classes which will complement your entrepreneurship studies while not necessarily focused on entrepreneurship.
All of these courses are listed below. You may find some career-specific guidance on courses and other activities on our Learn and Engage pages.
Fuqua also offers a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
- New Ventures: Discovery (Strategy 848, offered Fall and Spring) – Want to know where good ideas come from? New Ventures: Discovery is designed to lead you to a eureka moment by teaching you how to explore the world around you for problems worth solving. The New Ventures: Discovery course is ideal for anyone who wants to excel at finding white space for new innovation and entrepreneurial action.
- New Ventures: Development (Strategy 849/850, offered Fall and Spring) – Have an idea for a problem you want to solve or want to design a business model around someone else’s problem? New Ventures: Development will lead you through the process of understanding whether an idea has teeth and if it is a business worth doing. New Ventures: Discovery is the ideal course for anyone who wants to learn how to build and assess new business models.
- New Ventures: Delivery (Strategy 851/852, offered Spring) – Did your idea pass muster in New Ventures: Development? Do you have early revenue or evidence of product market fit? Are you ready to launch your venture? New Ventures: Delivery is the ideal course for serious entrepreneurs ready to push themselves to take the leap.
- Mentored Study in Entrepreneurship x CEI (Strategy 895, offered Spring) – Students may work with an experienced mentor on a critical project, including an entrepreneurial search.
- Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum (FCCP) x CEI (Strategy 895, offered Spring) – Through the FCCP program, you can engage in an extended consulting project over the course of a semester, working on a matter of strategic importance to an outside organization. Collaborators may include corporate innovation groups, start-ups, and venture capital firms. Clients and projects vary year to year.
Entrepreneurship-centered Case-based Courses
- Entrepreneurial Execution/Planning (Strategy 845)
- Entrepreneurial Strategy (Strategy 838)
- Entrepreneurial Finance (Finance 651)
- Venture Capital and Private Equity (Finance 660)
- Managerial Accounting (Accounting 591)
- Real Estate Entrepreneurship (Finance 662)
- Marketing of Innovations (Marketing 802)
Case-based Courses to Round out your skills
- Leadership (Management 747)
- Negotiations (Management 745)
- Consumer Behavior (Marketing 738)
- Market Research (Marketing 796)
- Social Entrepreneurship (Management 750)
- Medical Device Strategy (Health Management 712)
- Corporate Finance (Finance 646)
- Impact Investing (Management 898)
- Human Assets (Management 748)
- New Ventures Clinic: Healthcare (Management 898)
- Managing Innovation in a Global Organization (Management 738)
- Raising Capital and Financial Technologies (Finance 661)
Concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The Entrepreneurship and Innovation concentration enables students to gain skills and practice in identifying opportunities, harnessing key resources, developing go-to-market strategies and managing operations, change and growth. The concentration offers a broad set of electives to deliver training in the critical success factors for starting a new venture.