UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Entrepreneurship Concentration


Since 1997, the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies has fostered a culture of entrepreneurship at UNC.  As an MBA enrichment concentration, we do not serve as a traditional career concentration where job placement is a core function of the program.  Instead, we have set as an objective of our program to establish the leading US business school-based entrepreneurship curriculum and program preparing students to build an enduring entrepreneurial mindset to successfully make the transition to entrepreneurship through the course of their career. 


MBA Concentration Requirements

All entrepreneurship courses offered at UNC Kenan-Flagler are elective-based allowing students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a custom tailored curriculum. A factor that sets our offerings apart is that the curriculum is complemented with innovative co-curricular offerings that enrich the learning experience.

To receive a certificate of completion of the Entrepreneurship Concentration, students must complete a minimum of five (5) courses from the following list:

A minimum one (1) Required Course (1.5 credits)
MBA 835: Introduction to Entrepreneurship (Atul Nerkar), or
MBA 846J: Business Plan Analysis (Randy Myer), or
MBA 848F: Entrepreneur’s Lab – ELab (Ted Zoller)

A minimum of four (4) Elective Courses (6.0 credits)
Students who take all required courses may take two elective courses, total of 3.0 credits.


FOUNDER competencies, curriculum choices and co-curricular offerings are most appropriate for individuals seeking to found a new enterprise or join an early-stage venture on the management team.

MBA 848F: Entrepreneur’s Lab – ELab (Ted Zoller) – Foundation Course
MBA 848B: Launching the Venture: Feasibility (Patrick Vernon)
MBA 848C: Launching the Venture: Business Modeling (Randy Myer)
MBA 848D: Launching the Venture: Financing (Randy Myer)
MBA 895: Healthcare Entrepreneurship (Perry Genova)
MBA 754A: Innovation and Product Development (Barry Bayus)
MBA 846K: Designing and Protecting Your Market-Driven Startup (Andy Grubbs)
MBA 866: Social Entrepreneurship (James Johnson)

Co-Curricular Offerings:  Carolina Challenge, 1789 Venture Lab , Launch Chapel Hill, 1MillionCups, Adams Apprenticeship

FUNDER curriculum choices and co-curricular offerings are recommended for individuals who hope to prepare to join professional investing groups in venture capital and private equity and learn private investing techniques.

MBA846J Business Plan Analysis (Randy Myer/Scott Albert) – Foundation Course
MBA 817: Venture Capital Valuation and Deal Structure (Mitch Mumma/John Glushik)
MBA 846V: Applied Venture Capital Concepts (Patrick Vernon)
MBA 846A: Private Equity (Charles Merritt)
MBA 846F: Applied Private Investment Management (Clay Hamner)

Co-Curricular Offerings: Venture Capital Investment Competition, Kenan-Flagler Private Equity Funds, Adams Apprenticeship

GROWTH EXECUTIVE/INTRAPRENEUR competencies, curriculum choices, and co-curricular offerings are recommended for those who would like to acquire skills to manage a growth-oriented private venture or serve as an intrapreneur in an existing enterprise:

MBA 835: Introduction to Entrepreneurship (Atul Nerkar) – Foundation Course
MBA 832:  Managing the Growing Business (Bob Bicksler)
MBA 847: Sales (Dave Roberts)
MBA 843A: Family Business I: Introduction to Family Enterprise (Steve Miller)
MBA 843B: Family Business II: Managing the Family Office and Enterprise (Cooper Biersach)
MBA 895: Healthcare Entrepreneurship (Perry Genova)
MBA 836: Entrepreneurship and Minority Economic Development (James Johnson)

Co-Curricular Offerings: Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network,  Global Entrepreneurship Lab, Adams Apprenticeship

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