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  • The J. Frank Barefield, Jr. Entrepreneurship Program has a workspace with hi-tech equipment in Innovation Depot, a startup facility for technology companies in Birmingham, AL.
  • Students are given hands-on opportunities through alliances with the Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Innovation Depot, and other organizations.

About the Program

Many of the world’s leading companies began as student startups. Could one of your big ideas be next? At UAB, we can teach you how to turn your idea into a business, preparing you to be an entrepreneur who adapts to change, solves problems, and can thrive in all sorts of environments.

You see, before you have a big idea, you have to find the right problem to solve. The curriculum in the J. Frank Barefield, Jr. Entrepreneurship Program is designed to show you how to fall in love with a problem so that you can find the right solution. Then we want you to take that solution and turn it into a viable business. To do this, you’ll take required courses like The Entrepreneurial Mindset, Entrepreneurial Strategy and Operations, and The Entrepreneurial Engagement Seminar, along with core business classes that cover the basics of marketing, finance, management, and more. You’ll even take Public Speaking to help you develop the skills to deliver that perfect pitch. We also want your education to be full of hands-on experience. Because how else will you really learn how to launch a business? You can pursue an internship with a local start-up, join a team of students exploring business ventures or collaborating on new ideas in one of UAB’s extracurricular programs, or complete a directed study in entrepreneurship.

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This program delivers most of its content via on-campus, in-person meetings.

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