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Are you looking to unleash your changemaker potential and make your impact on the world? The Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) is here for you. Led by seasoned innovators and entrepreneurs, we offer over 30 course sections to support your individual aspirations and expand your horizons. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to take your education to the next level, our diverse range of courses are designed to help ignite your passions and fuel your ambitions. Start here and let’s make your entrepreneurial dreams a reality.

ENTR courses are open to ALL students from ALL schools and colleges – undergrad, masters, PhD & professional students.

“What is really refreshing about the ENTR courses is how creative they are. I think it is fun to be around people that are excited, eager for challenges and ready to be at the cutting edge of what is next.”

– ALLIE FARMER, ENTR STUDENT

ENTR COURSE SCHEDULES

Individual Courses

AI Based Market Disruption ENTR 490.030

Graded | 1 Credit Hour

This seminar-style class will consider recent advances in AI (Transformers, LLMs, Diffusion, …) alongside historically significant technology-driven market disruptions (incl. technology, business models, and market context). Students will combine historical examples with current trends to propose a to-be-founded-in-2030 AI-enabled business, including technical, product, market, and historical justifications. (Jr. standing and above)

Compensation, Funding, and Ownership ENTR 510

Graded | 3 Credit Hours

From formation to launch, growth to long-term operation or exit, we’ll explore the intricacies from both the entrepreneur and employee owner’s perspectives. Students will gain invaluable insights, enabling them to grasp the nuances of equity and ownership issues for both non-profit and for-profit entities. (Winter term only)

Creativity & Product Development ENTR 599.021

Graded | 3 Credit Hours

Explore the vital role of creativity and storytelling in product development, often overlooked yet essential. Learn how these elements drive innovation and how to leverage them effectively. Develop your creativity, communication skills, and prototyping abilities to shape new product ideas. Gain deeper insights into the product development process, enhancing your teamwork, problem-solving, and leadership skills. Stand out in today’s dynamic business landscape by mastering these high-value skills. (Fall term only)

Digital Product Design ENTR 390.012

Graded | 3 Credit Hours

Delve into the world of digital product development as you master the art of identifying product needs, swiftly creating prototypes, and actively seeking valuable feedback to ensure ongoing product enhancement.

E-Commerce Entrepreneurship ENTR 390.011 (UG) / 599.011 (GRAD)

Graded | 2 Credit Hours

Gear up for this dynamic course and your ticket to launch a successful online venture! Unleash your marketing prowess and conquer the digital landscape as we dive into the exhilarating world of selling platforms, competitor and customer analysis, the secrets to shipping success and potential pitfalls. We’ll equip you to navigate the online world of retail commerce like a pro!

Entrepreneurial Leadership Program ENTR 490.013/ENTR 490.015 (UG), ENTR 599.032/ENTR 599.033 (Grad)

Graded | 6 Credit Hours

ELP is an application based Immersive Experience, recruiting annually in the fall. This year-long program that provides deep training and mentorship for a select cohort of students to develop skills in areas of individual leadership, operations, innovation, and execution. Students from all schools/colleges, academic programs, and years are eligible for the program.

IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE BY APPLICATION ONLY

  • Semester 1 WN term 3 credits
  • Semester 2 FA term, 3 credits
  • Credits: 6 in total, graded

Entrepreneurial Marketing ENTR 413

Graded | 2 Credit Hours

This action-packed, hands-on course is all about teamwork and interactivity. Gear up for a hands-on startup immersion! Conquer challenges like customer discovery, marketing, pricing, and more, all while ensuring profitability.

Entrepreneurship Hour (EHour) Speaker Series ENTR 407

Pass/Fail | 1 Credit Hour

An adrenaline-pumping intimate interview seminar that gathers trailblazing, game-changing entrepreneurs from around the globe. Brace yourself as they reveal their surprising journeys of daring, disruption, and success in founding, financing, and running revolutionary businesses!

Entrepreneurship Hour Discussion ENTR 417

Graded | 1 Credit Hour

The ultimate companion course to the EHour speaker seminar. Get up close and personal with trailblazing entrepreneurs, visionary venture capitalists, and revered business leaders. Engage in captivating conversations and fire away your questions on founding, financing, and managing ventures. Prepare to be inspired, empowered, and equipped to chart your own path to success managing their ventures.

Entrepreneurship in the Age of AI ENTR 390.102

Graded | 3 Credit Hours

Delve into the realm of Artificial Intelligence, explorating its potential applications and limitations within entrepreneurial contexts. Students will uncover problems, design prototypes, and ultimately launch innovative venture prototypes leveraging AI technology.

Entrepreneurship Practicum ENTR 411

Graded | 3 Credit Hours

This hands-on practicum course immerses students in the development of their own ideas for new ventures through the exploration of problem spaces, customer discovery, entrepreneurial biases, and idea testing.

Finding Your Venture ENTR 410

Graded | 2 Credit Hours

Improve your odds of starting a viable business in this course through the introduction of a framework that will help you design and pitch a new product or service to sell to a customer in a start-up like environment.

Innovation & IP Strategy ENTR 530

Graded | 3 Credit Hours

Dive into the world of intellectual property with a focus on startups! This course is your gateway to mastering strategies that build formidable barriers to competition and shield against infringement risks. Explore patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret laws, tailored for all stages of entrepreneurial ventures. If you’re ready to take on this exciting challenge, come armed with your research or technology to directly apply the strategies learned in class. (Fall term only)

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Innovation for Impact: Defense and Security ENTR 490.425

Graded | 3 Credit Hours

In this hands-on course, you’ll be rolling up your sleeves and working directly with defense and intelligence experts to innovate at lightning speed. No sitting on the sidelines here – you’ll be right in the action, crafting solutions to real-world national security problems. (Not offered this fall)

Interpersonal Skills: Leveling up to Leadership ENTR 550

Graded | 3 Credit Hours

In this course, we’ll equip you with the power of Emotional Intelligence to master self-management, foster strong relationships, and lead teams with finesse. Get ready to unlock your full potential and inspire others to reach new heights. It’s time to become the leader you were meant to be.

Introduction to Innovation Careers ENTR 500

Graded | 3 Credit Hours

Our comprehensive program covers a vast array of essential topics, from intellectual property analysis to market research, achieving product-market fit, understanding equity and stock options, mastering program and project management, honing communication skills, and navigating the world of securing investment and government funding.

Introduction to Venture Capital ENTR 409

Graded | 1 Credit Hour

Whether you dream of making savvy investment decisions, launching your own empire, or thriving in the corporate world, this dynamic short course introduces you a powerful VC framework to evaluate opportunities, perform due diligence, and make simulated go/no-go investments. Because of the compressed time frame of the class, you will get a sense of the speed at which entrepreneurs operate at. Be ready to acquire investor mindset.

Leading an Entrepreneurial Team ENTR 490.014

Graded | 2 Credit Hours

This action-packed course will propel you into the heart of building and managing a world-class team! Unleash your leadership potential as we uncover the secret formula to identify and prioritize the perfect “who” – your human resource capital, the essential “what” – the skill sets required, and the crucial “why” – the driving force behind your venture’s growth and success!

Navigating Innovation Landscapes ENTR 390.101

3 Credit Hours

Get ready to explore strategic technology management! In today’s fast-paced global market, organizations must be agile and entrepreneurial to thrive. This course will equip you with the skills to navigate technological complexities and drive organizational success. Whether you’re interested in tech careers or want to understand strategic challenges in dynamic environments, this course is your pathway to mastering innovation and leading organizations through change.

Patent Law ENTR 408

Graded | 1 Credit Hour

In this action-packed short course, we’ll tackle patent-related concerns head-on. Ready yourself for a riveting exploration of case law and real-world business scenarios, all while applying these insights to your very own invention.

Perot Jain TechLab at Mcity ENTR 390.013 (UG) / ENTR 599.013 (GRAD)

Graded | 6 Credit Hours

Perot Jain TechLab at Mcity: The dynamic application-based course propels students into the heart of innovation, immersing them in exhilarating project-based collaboration with pioneering startup companies. Unleash your potential in the transportation industry, working on cutting-edge technology and making a real impact.

IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE BY APPLICATION ONLY

  • Semester 1 WN term 3 credits
  • Semester 2 FA term, 3 credits
  • Credits: 6 in total, graded

Perot Jain TechLab Climate Change ENTR 490.262/263

Graded | 6 Credit Hours

Students have the opportunity to enroll in a year-long immersive course centered around project-based learning. Throughout the course, you will engage in collaborative projects with companies dedicated to making substantial contributions to the planet’s carbon balance.

IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE BY APPLICATION ONLY

  • Semester 1 WN term, 3 credits
  • Semester 2 FA term, 3 credits
  • Credits: 6 in total, graded

Perot Jain TechLab Electrification ENTR 490.431

Graded | 6 Credit Hours

Engage in entrepreneurship through collaboration with startups focused on shaping the future of transportation electrification – including power electronics, micro-grids, batteries, metering, and complete vehicle systems.

IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE BY APPLICATION ONLY

  • Semester 1 WN term 3 credits
  • Semester 2 FA term, 3 credits
  • Credits: 6 in total, graded

Project Management Consulting ENTR 560

Graded | 3 Credit Hours

In this course you will acquire essential skills and tools utilized in the consulting world. Engage in real-world, team-based consulting projects, collaborating with local startups or non-profits. Prepare to make a meaningful impact while honing your expertise in the realm of consulting and project management. Get ready for an exciting journey towards success and valuable hands-on experience!

Reimagining Companies Through Innovation ENTR 490.344

Graded | 3 Credit Hours

An exclusive opportunity to collect and analyze crucial data, guiding real companies in their transformational journey. Help reshape the future of these firms with your high-level insights. Don’t miss this chance to make an impact. (Winter Term Only)

Space Entrepreneurship ENTR 390.103 / 599.103

Graded | 3 Credit Hours

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the multifaceted domain of space technology and its intersection with business and regulatory aspects. Tailored for non-technical students, the course provides foundational knowledge in key areas of space technology fundamentals, economics, venture capital models, and regulatory frameworks.

Startup Sales ENTR 390.055 (UG) / ENTR 599.055 (GRAD)

Graded | 2 Credit Hours

Prepare yourself to venture into the thrilling world of entrepreneurial B2B sales! This course is packed with adrenaline-pumping excitement and real-world challenges. Unleash your sales prowess as we delve into the Sales Organization, Sales Processes, the Art of the Technical Sale, and mastering the skill of Handling Objections. You’ll discover cutting-edge approaches and tools that will skyrocket your success in the sales game!

Survivor: The StartupSim ENTR 490.025

Graded | 1 Credit Hour

Embark on the ultimate entrepreneurial challenge in our startup survivor course. Navigate the uncertain terrain of venture development, funding dilemmas, strategic planning, team building, and market twists. Be introduced to the startup process: can your startup outwit, outplay, and outlast the competition?

Tech Inspired Business Models ENTR 520

Graded | 3 Credit Hours

With a focus on STEM students, this course will provide a framework for understanding the difference between Innovative Value Creation and Innovative Value Capture. Students will learn how to use a variety of innovation and entrepreneurial tools to identify opportunities, construct a business model, and assess its fundability in order to bring an idea to life.

NOTE: Students should either have previously taken ENTR 500 or otherwise be familiar with the Business Model Canvas before enrolling. (Fall term only)

Urban Entrepreneurship Practicum ENTR 490.012

Graded | 3 Credit Hours

Calling all change-makers and urban enthusiasts! Get ready for a dynamic journey that empowers you to make a lasting impact on urban quality-of-life! This course is your key to unlocking the secrets of urban-focused ventures that create tangible improvements in our cities. It’s time to ignite change and transform our cities for the better!

Frequently Asked Questions: ENTR Courses

Got a question? We are here to answer, but if you don’t see it here please contact one of our advisors.

Who can take an ENTR course?

Students from any school, college, or unit. Currently no ENTR courses have a prerequisite. Some ENTR courses are by application. 

When in doubt, please contact an academic advisor or email entrepreneurship@umich.edu

Can undergraduate students take 500 level or above courses?

Yes, undergraduates with senior standing (85+ total credit hours) can take any of our graduate courses.

Can graduate students take undergraduate courses?

Yes, Graduate students can take 400 level and above courses.

Do ENTR courses help me towards my degree?

ENTR courses count as Electives (or Cognates with department approval).

College of Engineering undergraduate students can also earn up to 4 credits of PCDC (Professional and Creative Development Courses) credit from ENTR courses.  Consult with your academic/program advisor to learn more about ENTR satisfying requirements of your major.

How can I register?

1. Use the Wolverine Access  – Search for Classes, Course Catalog or the ATLAS Schedule Builder

https://wolverineaccess.umich.edu

https://atlas.ai.umich.edu

2. Search by the subject code ENTR

3. If you can’t find a course, expand the additional search criteria section, and paste in the five-digit class number.

Are ENTR courses available remotely?

All ENTR classes are in-person

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