If you are interested in starting a business or want to put your entrepreneurial spirit to work in an existing company, the entrepreneurship minor can help you achieve success. With UW-Platteville's entrepreneurship program, you will learn to evaluate risks and rewards, apply problem-solving tactics, improve your written and oral communication skills, make ethical decisions in a business context, and leverage creativity to help your company reach its goals.

Practical, hands-on learning opportunities are designed to help students understand the real-world planning and operational aspects of launching businesses. At the same time, entrepreneurship courses complement coursework for students in a wide array of majors, ranging from business and engineering to animal science and biology.

The entrepreneurship and innovation minor is housed in the School of Business and introduces you to common business goals such as profitability and expense management. This minor will also develop your skills in creativity and innovation to improve marketing efforts, adopt organizational agility, leverage technology, and much more. You will learn to apply entrepreneurial skills in organizations of all sizes, including startup, nonprofit, governmental, and major global corporations.

The entrepreneurship minor will help you examine the technical aspects of your products or services, and how to commercialize those aspects. You’ll receive hands-on experience building a company throughout multiple stages of the startup process. Our facilities are excellent for designing and prototyping a product.

Prospective Careers in Entrepreneurship

An entrepreneur, by definition, is someone who creates, organizes, and operates a new business. Entrepreneurship college courses help students prepare to realize their business dreams by teaching them to hone their critical thinking skills, evaluate and manage risk and opportunities, and learn and adapt to changing circumstances. However, an intention to own a business is not a requirement when you are considering college entrepreneurship programs. Entrepreneurship skills and thinking can be applied to any organization.

An intention to own a business is not a requirement when considering studying entrepreneurship in Wisconsin. Entrepreneurship skills and thinking can be applied to any organization. Many exciting career opportunities could include:

  • Sales manager or director
  • Operations manager
  • Small business consultant
  • Chief innovation officer
  • General manager
  • Venture capitalist
  • Corporate business advisor
  • Corporate recruiter
  • Corporate trainer
  • Franchise owner

Whether you dream of starting a company immediately after college or want to gain foundational knowledge you can put into practice after working in an established organization for a few years, pursuing a minor in entrepreneurship and innovation will prepare you for career success in any industry. 

Discover by doing

UW-Platteville's new Huff Family Innovation Center is one of the largest makerspaces in the Midwest. Open to students of all majors, it provides a wide variety of tools for students, artists, makers, creatives, programmers, and engineers to use and a space to create, collaborate, and share ideas.

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