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Concentration in Entrepreneurship

An Entrepreneurial Heart We understand entrepreneurs. We launched our entrepreneurship programs almost 60 years ago and we know what talents and expertise it takes to increase your chance for success as you launch a new venture. If you are ready to develop the skills and confidence you need, our concentration in Entrepreneurship is for you.

"For someone with an entrepreneurial spirit, it takes more than just having the ideas. You need the backing, you need the connections, and you need funding in many instances. But more than that, you need a support system along with your education, and you can find that at D’Amore-McKim School of Business."
JAKE JOHNSON, MBA'15
Product Manager, LogMeIn

For Entrepreneurs Who Want To Think Bigger and Act Bolder

You want to push your boundaries and start a venture of your own. Your drive and ambition belong in one place: The Full-Time MS in Finance/MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

Here, you will develop insight and expertise in a place where the entrepreneurial community is thriving. In fact, there are 15 organizations on campus dedicated to helping students, faculty, staff, and alumni foster innovation and entrepreneurship—from assistance with financial resources to developing business plans to networking with Boston’s entrepreneurial community.

We maintain a vibrant focus on entrepreneurship and innovation inside and outside of the classroom. As you gain the skills to help you successfully start and then lead a new business, you will be surrounded by a community of progressive thinking.

You can also get involved with IDEA as a mentor. In fact, when you serve as a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs through the IDEA program, you will earn one credit. IDEA has helped numerous businesses grow from core concept to launch. In this unique organization you will work with mentors and coaches across the entire start-up phase as well as gain access to financial support and in-kind resources like marketing and accounting from corporate partners.

From product and service development to financing, go-to-market strategies to loan development and managing high-performance teams, this specialized program helps you to magnify your value to your new company and chart a new course for your career.


Program Details

To earn an Entrepreneurship concentration for the Full-Time MS in Finance/MBA, students must complete the 16 credits of MBA core curriculum, corporate residency, and 12 credit hours from the Entrepreneurship coursework listed below. You will also complete 24 credits from the finance curriculum, and 15 elective credits of which 3 must be experiential in nature and 6 will be from courses offered at other schools and colleges at Northeastern to ensure that you graduate prepared to meet the interdisciplinary needs of businesses today.

The curriculum is subject to change by D’Amore-McKim faculty. Please monitor for updates.

Required Entrepreneurship MBA Course Details

Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Dynamic Competition

Explores the life cycle of industries and their effects on the dynamics of competition, including the creation of industries and the role of startups and proliferation of designs; the half-truth of entry timing advantage; design competition, emergence of dominant designs, and implication for firm strategy and industry structure; the onset of maturity: the role of process innovation and incremental product changes; technological discontinuities, challenges for incumbents, and opportunities for new entrants; the hybrid trap and how incumbents often miss the mark during times of industry transformation; the rise of platform disruptions and winner-take-all dynamics; the sociocognitive dimension of industry evolution: product categories and framing; and best practices for managing innovation in startups and established firms. Taught through a combination of cases, vignettes, and interactive lectures.

3 credits

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Complete 9 credits from the following:

Elective Entrepreneurship MBA Courses Details

Business Model Design & Innovation

Introduces major topics in the modern understanding of business models: their essence and role in securing competitive advantage, key components and design of business models, business model change and innovation, technology commercialization through sustaining business models, financial representation of a business model, and validation of developed business models.

3 credits

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Corporate Entrepreneurship through Global Growth, Acquisitions, and Alliances

Offers students an opportunity to analyze whether, why, and how multibusiness corporations expand their operations into new business areas by questioning decisions to grow globally through mechanisms such as acquisitions or alliances. Uses rigorous case-based discussions, expert readings, and major current events to discuss issues related to the choice of make, buy, or partner. Offers students an opportunity to evaluate how these different corporate entrepreneurial strategies are used to help firms be more competitive and innovative.

3 credits

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Design Thinking for Market-Driven Innovation

Uses digital mashups, iterative design, and “play” to unlock creative potential in the way products and services work for customers. Based on the principle that innovation is a discipline that is capable of being learned and being practiced and that arts-based learning and design thinking can unlock creative potential and foster an environment that encourages innovation. A team-based group project applies the principles of iterative design introduced in this course.

3 credits

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Entrepreneurial Finance, Innovation Valuation, and Private Equity

Covers qualitative and quantitative aspects of entrepreneurial finance, such as venture capital and angel financing. Also covers private equity (i.e., buyout/leveraged buyout firms) but in less detail. Introduces students to valuation aspects in entrepreneurial finance, including valuation of startups, using real options to value innovation-intensive firms; valuation in staged financing; etc. Case-work emphasizes the practical aspects of qualitative and quantitative issues related to venture capital financing, entrepreneurship, and innovation from the perspective of the financier and the startup firm. Also covers many issues related to the venture capital industry, such as the limited partnership structure of the venture capital/private equity industry, venture capital term sheets and contracts, exit of portfolio firms, and international investments.

3 credits

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Entrepreneurial Marketing & Selling

Examines the specific situation of entrepreneurial marketing. Topics include how to perform a market analysis when there are limited resources and tight schedules to be met. Also addresses new market situations, opportunity assessment, customer segmentation, going to market, and writing a marketing plan.

3 credits

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Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Growth

Explores the challenges and processes for harnessing technological innovation for new-business development. Integrates technology strategy, innovation in marketing, product development, and organization design for the purpose of enterprise growth. Through readings, cases, and exercises, studies how firms from different industries gain competitive advantage through distinctive products and services, and leverage their technologies and skills into new emerging markets. Also focuses on processes for conceiving, financing, and organizing new ventures.

3 credits

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Financing Ventures from Early Stage to Exit

Introduces students to the financing process for ventures from early stage to exit. Exposes students to various financing options, which may include crowdsourcing, the American JOBS Act, and foreign-sourced capital, as well as different types of debt and equity financing. Offers students an opportunity to learn about analyzing financial aspects of term sheets, including valuation methodologies and other financing documents.

3 credits

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Intellectual Property and Other Legal Aspects of Business and Innovation

Introduces the major areas of the legal environment for innovation and new ventures and their relationship to early stage decisions and product and business development. Analyzes the nature, practical impact, and competitive usefulness of laws in the areas of intellectual property, contracts, employment, e-commerce, regulatory compliance, and entity formation. Offers students an opportunity to integrate and apply their understanding of legal, financial, business, technology, and ethical factors; sharpen their analytic skills; and use their skills and understanding to recognize opportunities for adding value and managing risk.

3 credits

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Iterative Product Prototyping for Engineers

Seeks to develop in-depth knowledge and experience in prototyping by focusing on engineering processes and instrumentation that are used in different industries. Studies the prototyping cycle, from initial process flow and sketching to prototype development to testing and analysis, with an emphasis on iteration. Analyzes how different kinds of engineering prototypes can address design and user-interface needs vs. functional needs, such as looks-like and works-like prototypes. Offers students an opportunity to obtain operating knowledge of methods including 3D printing, SolidWorks, off-the-shelf hardware-software interfaces, simulation, embedded systems, product testing, prototype analysis, and prototype iteration.

4 credits

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Managing a Technology-Based Business

Covers topics specific to managing a business or a strategic business unit within a firm. Considers the special issues related to technology-based firms. Topics include creating a culture, operations planning, staffing for technical excellence, dealing with technology vendors, dealing with advisers, supply chain management, and writing operations plans.

3 credits

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Product Development for Engineers

Focuses on the main processes needed to develop a complex, high-technology product. Emphasizes the most important techniques and approaches used in a startup environment. Seeks to benefit students of all engineering disciplines including computer science and biomedical, industrial, electrical, mechanical, computer, and chemical engineering. Includes a running practical project in which a new product is designed and executed through a series of small projects for each phase of the product development process. Topics include the product life cycle, new product development processes, project planning and management, new product idea generation, the systems approach to product development, design for manufacturing, market testing and launch, and escalation to manufacturing.

4 credits

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Social Enterprise

Designed to provide students with an in-depth exposure to entrepreneurship in the social sector, a rapidly growing segment of the global economy. Uses the case method to expose students to leading entrepreneurs who have developed and implemented business models to solve social problems such as extreme poverty, disease, illiteracy, and economic and social dislocation. Focuses on uniquely creative and driven people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference in the lives of others through values-based entrepreneurship.

3 credits

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Is a Concentration in Entrepreneurship Right for You?

If you see yourself emerging as a truly different person, the answer is yes. If you imagine a future where you can have a meaningful, relevant impact on the world of business, the answer is yes. If you’re ready to join people who think like you, now is the time to accelerate your career with our Full-Time MS in Finance/MBA program.

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