Listed below are entrepreneurship courses offered through the Smith School of
Business. Check Testudo for current semester offerings.
Graduate Entrepreneurship Courses
BUSI 647: Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity
An advanced topics course in Corporate Finance. The major emphasis is how financiers
help firms plan for growth and finance firms using different types of securities
at different points in the industry's and firm's life. Securities will include private
financings and placements, Venture Capital (VC), Initial Public Offerings (IPOs),
Private Equity and Leveraged Buyouts.
BUSI 660 - Entrepreneurship and New Ventures
Introduction to important tools and skills necessary to create and grow a successful
new venture. The course integrates research findings from a range of different practical
and intellectual perspectives into practical, hands on lessons for an entrepreneur.
BUSI 661 - Creativity for Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs
Examines the concept of creativity as it applies in today's and tomorrow's complex
business environment. An overview of the cognitive foundations of creativity, examines
many of the preconceived notions about creativity in business and discusses multiple
ways in which creativity can help business leaders and entrepreneurs to succeed.
BUSI 771: New Venture Financing
Development of skills for financing new ventures (both small and potentially large).
Exploration of various funding sources. Criteria used in evaluation and decision
process, including commercial banks, venture capital companies, small business investment
companies, underwriters, private placement-financial consultants, mortgage bankers,
and small business innovative research grants (U.S. Government).
BUMO 730: Corporate Venturing
Explores the skills, techniques, and strategies that are required to instill entrepreneurial
behavior in large complex organizations. Students study presentations from real
executives and business cases wherein creativity, innovation, fast decision-making,
and trial and error implementation have been applied successfully.
BUMO 752: Strategic Growth for Emerging Companies
Explores the key elements of mastering the move from being a successful small company
to achieving industry significance. Supplemented by readings, video and guest speakers,
the course highlights the application of practical lessons leading to strategic
growth and subsequent emergence as a player.
BUMO 753: Emerging Business Formation
Business formation issues, legal obligations that affect entrepreneurial activities,
the spectrum of financing methods available to emerging businesses, creating management
and organization and a practical application of the tools through practical projects.
BUMO 758: Entrepreneurial Exit Strategies
Focuses on research and practice on how an entrepreneur exits the business. Topics
will include management practices in preparing the business, the options available
to the entrepreneur (acquisitions, IPO, and LBO), transition and post-exit options
including social entrepreneurship, angel investing, and serial entrepreneurship.
BUMO 758: International Entrepreneurship
Introduces new international developments that have greatly expanded the entrepreneurial
opportunities for the global market. Topics include: methods and process of entry,
joint ventures and strategic alliances, financing international ventures, flows
of people, goods, services and capital, insurance, nationality and culture, and
the analysis of foreign markets.
BUMO 758: Social Entrepreneurship
Examines the characteristics of a social enterprise and explores the challenges
of managing a successful social enterprise. The course prepares the student for
a career in social entrepreneurship through understanding the vision, mission, strategies,
goals, and organizational structures of successful and failed social enterprises.
BUMO 758F: Special Topics in Management and Organization: Entrepreneurial Issues
in Family and Closely-Held Businesses
Provides students with the practical tools to be effective working in and advising
these unique businesses. Topics addressed will include: the unique aspects of family-owned
businesses, legal and financial issues, generational conflict and resolution, transitions,
corporate governance, use of outside advisors and specific growth strategies.
BUMO 777: Technology Commercialization
Students will build commercialization plans for University of Maryland technologies
protected by the Office of Technology Commercialization. Students will learn different
mechanisms for successful technology transfer and work closely with the instructor,
the Dingman Center managing director and affiliated professionals.
BUSI 758: Business Plan Writing and China Business Plan Competition Training
This practical two-credit course is about writing and presenting new venture business
plans. It involves presenting (pitching) your business plan in the US (December)
and, if you choose, in Beijing, China (January). The course is required for participation
in the China Business Plan Competition and builds upon fundamental knowledge about
business venturing that is offered in BUSI 660.
Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Courses
Entrepreneurship Fellows Program
In your junior and senior years, you will have the opportunity to participate in
a Fellows track that allows you to specialize in a specific area of business. Fellows
programs will provide a broad range of opportunities to specialize and integrate
knowledge gained in the classroom with real-world activities and hands-on applications
in laboratories, internships and other action-based learning.
BMGT 289E: Entrepreneurial Thinking for Non-Business Major
A focus on how entrepreneurial thinking can improve you day to day life. Students
will have a chance to glimpse into the visionaries’ minds and understand how the
process of creating “the next big thing” works.
BMGT 361: Starting and Managing the Entrepreneurial Venture
Focuses on the early development of a new venture. Topics include: idea-getting,
opportunity recognition, feasibility studies, new venture financing and startup.
Guest speakers and practicing entrepreneurs offer real world guidance. Restricted
to students admitted to the Smith Entrepreneurship Fellows Program.
BMGT 365: Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity
Studies venture capital and private equity using a combination of cases, lectures
and guest speakers. Addresses how venture capitalists provide capital to start-up
firms in growing industries and how private equity markets provide capital to help
established medium-sized firms (often family businesses) grow and restructure.
BMGT 461: Entrepreneurship
Process of creating new ventures, including evaluating
the entrepreneurial team, the opportunity and the financing requirements. Skills,
concepts, mental attitudes and knowledge relevant for starting a new business.
BMGT 465: Business Plan For The New Venture
Students focus on the production of a business plan that will be accepted for an
annual business plan competition. Business plans of sufficient quality may be submitted
to attract financing. Topics include a deep review of business plan construction
and its derivative short forms.
BMGT 828E: Independent Work Study in Business Management
Cross Disciplinary Workshop in Strategy and Entrepreneurship.