BS BA with Innovation and Entrepreneurship Concentration

Innovation and Entrepreneurship students

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Concentration within the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA-IE) prepares students to create new ventures or pursue successful careers in innovation-related roles with larger companies. This concentration provides an in-depth overview of the entrepreneurial process with 12 credit hours of core courses. An extensive list of electives allows students to tailor the concentration to their specific areas of interest. Electives span across degree programs and include courses such as startup launch, innovation and creativity, social entrepreneurship, international marketing, professional selling, digital and internet marketing, or an internship with a startup or larger company. With advance permission, up to two upper level courses from any JSOM major may be included to help meet the 12 credit hours of electives that are required.

Graduates of the BSBA-IE program typically launch their own companies or pursue innovative positions with established firms.

Key Features:

  • Nationally recognized program – Ranked # 11 by Bloomberg Businessweek (2013)
  • Exceptional faculty with significant real world professional experience, including as company founders, CEO’s, CTO’s and investment professionals
  • Robust, state-of-the art curriculum
  • Startup launch courses enable students to validate their business concept and launch their company while receiving mentoring and academic course credit.
  • Students with scalable business concepts can apply for seed funding of up to $5K to support their concept validation and launch
  • Internships with startups or larger companies
  • Projects with new ventures and established companies
  • Interaction with entrepreneurs and venture finance professionals
  • Outstanding student programs
  • Director’s Message
  • Program Requirements
  • Course Progression
  • Startup Launch
  • Minor in IE
  • Testimonials

In addition to the exceptional classroom experience, we offer students multiple opportunities to meet, learn from, and network with leading industry professionals, including entrepreneurs, investment professionals and executives from larger companies. Students are encouraged to compete in the annual UT Dallas Business Idea Competition (a Business Plan Competition held each year), participate in the Entrepreneurship Club events and Distinguished Speaker Series, work as interns in startup companies through the UT Dallas Venture Development Center (the UT Dallas incubator), and get involved in the community outreach programs of the award-winning UT Dallas Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Enroll today, and “innovate your future”!

Madison Pedigo, MBA, CPA

Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Degree Programs

This concentration requires 24 credit hours to complete. Of that, 12 credit hours are core courses, including ENTP 3301 that is required for BSBA majors, and 12 hours are electives, including courses from other undergraduate degree programs.

Core Innovation and Entrepreneurship courses (12 hours):

  • ENTP 3301 Entrepreneurship (Required)
  • ENTP 3360 Entrepreneurial Finance (Required)
  • ENTP 4311 Entrepreneurial Strategy and Business Models (Required)
  • ENTP 4320 Small Business Management, or
  • ENTP 4350 Corporate Entrepreneurship

Concentration electives (12 hours – at least 3 hours must have ENTP prefix):

The following courses are pre-approved to substitute for any of the non-ENTP courses listed above:

  • ACCT 4340 Survey of Accounting Software for Small Business (QuickBooks)
  • MKT 4331 Digital Prospecting

This is one example of course sequence for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship concentration. Courses may be taken in any order, as long as prerequisites are met.

Sophomore Junior Senior
ENTP 3301
ENTP 3360
Entrepreneurial Finance
ENTP 3320
Startup Launch
ENTP 4311
Entrepreneurial Strategy
ENTP 4330
Entrepreneurial Marketing
ENTP 4320
Small Business Management
ENTP 4350
Corporate Entrepreneurship
ENTP 4340
Social Entrepreneurship
ENTP 4360
Innovation and Creativity
ENTP 4v90
ENTP 4v90

Startup Launch Funding for Undergraduate Students (SLF-U)

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate students enrolled in a UT Dallas degree program who have a scalable business concept AND who are enrolled in an undergraduate startup launch course (ENTP 3320 or ENTP 3321). Applications will only be accepted from UTD Undergraduate students enrolled in the ENTP 3320/3321 courses.
  • UTD Undergraduate students meeting the eligibility criterion above, can apply to receive up to $5K of seed funding to help offset the costs of concept validation and launch, including development of prototypes, beta testing, and explanatory videos. If funding is approved, funding will only be provided as actual costs are incurred during the startup launch courses.
  • Preference will be given to scalable business concepts and students without scalable concepts will not receive funding.
  • Applications for SLF-U funding will be submitted to the ENTP 3320/3321 course instructor for the section you are enrolled in. The course instructor will review the applications and make recommendations to the Startup Launch Review Committee for approval (comprised of several innovation and entrepreneurship faculty members).
  • Any funding approvals would be at the sole discretion of the Startup Launch Review Committee based on the availability of funding as approved by the Dean of the Naveen Jindal School of Management each year and the potential of the business concept.
  • Application process guidelines will be provided as part of the startup launch courses, but will include: i) a description of the business concept, ii) a discussion of the projected scalability of the concept and projected revenue ramp, iii) a summary of any concept or customer validation that has already occurred, and iv) a discussion of the specific milestones that are expected to require funding.
  • Reference the ENTP 3320/3321 syllabuses for additional information or contact:

Any UT Dallas undergraduate student may earn a minor degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, regardless of the degree that student is pursuing. A minor requires 18 hours of coursework as follows:

General business (both courses):

Innovation and Entrepreneurship core (select three courses from the following):

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Electives (select one of the following):

  • Any ENTP core course (above) not taken
  • ENTP 3320/ENTP 3321 Startup Launch I/II
  • ENTP Social Entrepreneurship
  • ENTP Innovation and Creativity
  • ENTP 4V90 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Internship

Monica Raofpur (BS- Marketing)

Cloud CRM Sales Consultant at Oracle
Placed in top 10 of the 2012-2013 national Collegiate Sale Open

“The entrepreneurship courses I took helped me understand how businesses operate and what it takes to create and deliver a winning business presentation.”

Eric Sutter (BSBA With I&E Concentration)

Founder and President, EMS Barcode Solutions

“The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Concentration was extremely helpful in providing the background I needed to launch my own business after graduation. Advice from faculty was also terrific. My company launched in 2011 and is doing very well.”

Mindy Tiu (B.S. in Marketing and B.S in Business Administration-I&E Concentration)

Commercial Leadership Program, General Electric Company
Team member on the 2012 BIC winning YouPark Team

“The I&E courses have been extremely valuable for me. I’m learning skill sets that will help me whether I work for a large company or decide to start my own business someday.”