By Jeremy Fallis, Communication and Marketing Maven
This is the first in a three-part series by CFE to celebrate the University of Michigan’s No. 3 ranking by the Princeton Review in undergraduate entrepreneurial education. The Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to be a part of the many world class programs across campus that have helped elevate U-M over such a rapid time period.
One gateway to entrepreneurship education lies in three ENTR courses offered by the CFE. These courses are taught by top-level entrepreneurs who bring their experience and acumen to the classroom. While the CFE has an assortment of over 20 classes, these three gateway courses include offerings of TED-style talks, immersive lab experiences and hands-on introductory design to allow entrepreneurial Wolverines to try something new, take a risk, solve a problem and exceed expectations.
ENTR 407: Entrepreneurship Hour
This is the flagship class of the CFE. This distinguished speaker series course explores entrepreneurship through the eyes of seasoned and successful executives, leaders and game-changers. CEOs, founders, venture capitalists, rocket scientists and NFL professionals have graced the Stamps Auditorium stage in front of hundreds of students, faculty and staff. Students will be exposed to the variety and breadth of possibility that is entrepreneurship.
When: Friday 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Stamps Auditorium, North Campus
Credit Haul: 1
ENTR 390.005: Intro to Entrepreneurial Design
This two-credit immersive dual lecture and lab course will feature five sections this semester. Students will build foundational knowledge of entrepreneurial design and experience the fun of creating physical and digital prototypes. There is no prior experience required as students will identify problems and invent solutions using 3-D printing, metal working, coding, prototyping and virtual reality.
When (lecture only): Wednesday 12:30-1:30 p.m.
When (labs): Sections 6&7—Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Machining/Metal Working); Sect. 8—Friday 1-4 p.m. (Hardware/Coding, IoT); Sect. 9—Tuesday 1-4 p.m. (3-D Printing/Prototyping); Sect. 10—Monday 2:30-5:30 p.m. (Virtual Reality)
Credit Haul: 2
ENTR 390.012: Digital Product Design
Digital Product Design is a one-credit hands-on introductory course. Students will dive into the fundamentals of designing products for digital platforms in this interdisciplinary course taught by actual designers working at a startup. Whether a student is studying engineering, art and design, or liberal arts—this course will equip you with the skills to make effective and impactful digital products.
When: Monday 4-5 p.m.
Credit Haul: 1
The Center for Entrepreneurship is committed to an experiential approach to education. It’s this approach that has helped the University of Michigan to rise up the rankings year after year in the field of entrepreneurship. Whether a student wants to start his or her own business, work at a high-profile corporation or hone an existing skill set for future use, the CFE has the resources and the people to guide success.