Collat Focuses on Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship doesn’t mean small business. At the Collat School of Business, it means big ideas.

Entrepreneurs share a way of thinking, a way of life. They have a way of identifying problems and seizing the opportunity in those problems, skills that are useful whether they’re starting a business or working for a large conglomerate.

The Collat School of Business is proud to recognize and celebrate Birmingham's talented entrepreneurs by hosting the Birmingham Business Journal's Entrepreneurship Spotlight Awards Luncheon on April 21 at the UAB National Alumni House. Register for this event today.

All types of businesses and organizations need entrepreneurial thinkers.

The Collat School of Business offers several different opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to gain entrepreneurial skills.

Graduate Level:
Certificate in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship
For graduate students, faculty and working professionals

This certificate is designed to meet a growing demand among scientific researchers for business know-how and to assist in commercialization and entrepreneurial ventures. It exposes students and scientists to the business foundations of entrepreneurship and technology commercialization.  Consisting of 12 credit hours, the certificate is designed to blend knowledge and experiential learning as a means to help move technology out of the lab and into the marketplace.

Students select four courses from the following:
  • MBA 681 From Idea to IPO
  • MBA 673 Technology-based Venture Planning
  • MBA 682 The Art of the Deal - Negotiating Technology Agreements
  • MBA 690 Managing Innovation
  • MBA 691 Directed Study
Undergraduate Level:
Minor in Entrepreneurship
For undergraduate, non-business students

This 15-hour minor offers students across campus the essential knowledge in business to link their core competence with their chosen major to create start-up opportunities. Students in the arts, sciences and pre-professional programs for optometry, dentistry and medicine gain the experience needed to open their own studios, practices and consulting businesses. 

This minor includes five courses:
  • BUS 101 Intro to Business or BUS 102 Business Foundations
  • ENT 270 Idea to Entrepreneur
  • BUS 310 Accounting & Finance for Non-Business Majors or BUS 311 Creating & Delivering Customer Value
  • ENT 425 Entrepreneur to Enterprise; and
  • ENT 426 Practicum in Commercialization, ENT 445 Entrepreneurship Internship or ENT 491 Directed Study in Entrepreneurship
Collat is also developing an undergraduate certificate in entrepreneurship for business majors. Students interested in entrepreneurship are highly encouraged to take ENT 270 Idea to Entrepreneur.