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Entrepreneurial Studies

The HWS Entrepreneurial Studies Minor challenges students to become well-rounded leaders and resourceful innovators who are globally aware and community-centric. With an emphasis on the conceptual understanding, practical skills and ethical structure necessary for business or civic leadership, the Entrepreneurial Studies Program cultivates agents of change across a wide-range of causes and careers. These future leaders of the 21st Century explore and hone the analytical and critical thinking skills of a liberal arts education as they stoke their passions and animate their ideas – whether creating new non-profit or for-profit enterprises, or leading innovation within existing organizations.

Student Profile: Caraline Gray '23

Caraline Gray '23

Major: Economics Major, Entrepreneurial Studies and Biology Double Minor

"The entrepreneurial studies minor incorporates a diverse selection of interests into a single discipline. This allows students to utilize their entrepreneurial strengths in pursuing their personal passions. Through my participation in the entrepreneurial studies courses I have been able to strengthen communication, customer discovery and networking skills, among others."

Meet Our Faculty

Faculty in the Entrepreneurial Studies department are as dynamic as the discipline itself. Below you will find the leaders, innovators and educators available to you at HWS. Meet the entire department >

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Spotlight: Recent Grad

Recent Grad

Matthew Mead '13

Current Position: Founder, Hempitecture

Current Location: Ketchum, Idaho

Majors: Architecture

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Sample Courses

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Entrepreneurial Leadership
As technology and globalization continue to spur interconnectedness, leaders must navigate tumultuous environments where change is rapid, discontinuous and unpredictable. Innovation, ingenuity and an ability to add value by solving problems are necessary. This course will examine the attributes required of successful entrepreneurs in contemporary leadership roles. Students will learn how to take an idea to impact. They will consider important concepts, such as ethics, sustainability, economic Darwinism, and managing uncertainty. They will discuss product invention, service implementation, economic choice, risk and return, scale and scope, value creation, and small business generation. As a significant course assignment, students will develop a strategic plan for a product, service or startup or organization that is worthy of implementation.

Bozzuto Center

The Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship

The Bozzuto Center is home to classrooms, discussion spaces, workspaces and meeting spaces for the Entrepreneurial Studies program and related academic and co-curricular programming. The facility occupies three floors and more than 7,000 square feet on Castle Street in downtown Geneva. Designed to host hackathons, social innovation challenges, seminars and events that draw the HWS community downtown, the Center also serves as a hub for connecting students and faculty with area entrepreneurs and community members.