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Is the Minor in Entrepreneurship Right for You?

  •     Do you have great ideas and want to know more about making them a reality? Do you want to think more creatively about problems and solutions?

  •     Would you like to broaden and sharpen your professional skills for advancing in your career, launching a business, or starting a non-profit organization?

  •      Do you want to enhance your CSUN degree and increase your marketability to employers, investors, and business partners?


If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then the Minor in Entrepreneurship was designed for you.  Open to both business and non-business students of all Majors, the Minor in Entrepreneurship was created to open up the world of entrepreneurship to you through a blend of entrepreneurial education and experiential learning.

 

From left to right: John Leon, Andrea Banos, & Doreen Oppong pitching their ideas live to the panel of judges at the BUS310 "Fast Pitch" Competition - December 2015


Whether you aspire to be a manager, mathematician, accountant, marketer, engineer, lawyer, writer, artist, film director, nutritionist, or software developer; plan to open a small business, or dream of launching the next SnapChat or Google, you will learn how to identify and seize opportunities by discovering customers, defining unique value propositions, and taking informed, calculated risks. This type of novel yet disciplined thinking is extremely valuable because you also gain the insights to critically view changes in the world economy, understand significant new trends, and view opportunities from new perspectives.

The Minor in Entrepreneurship is a rigorous yet concise program developed to teach you the fundamentals of business model and business plan development while simultaneously exposing you to the real world through prominent entrepreneur guest speakers, and pitch competitions in front of seasoned business leaders and executives.  A brief summary of course requirements can be found below.

Minor in Entrepreneurship *New for Fall 2015*

New for Fall 2015 // Available to all CSUN majors
Minor in Entrepreneurship – Course Requirements

The Minor in Entrepreneurship prepares our students for a variety of future endeavors and builds the skills, abilities, and resourcefulness sought by contemporary employers. Upon completion of the minor, students will:

  • Acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to organize, protect, and launch a new venture
  • Practice "pitching" an idea to an audience
  • Learn the importance of experimentation and the "pivot"
  • Identify important challenges on a regional and global perspective
  • Write a compelling business plan with a bias towards action
  • Interact and learn from real-world, successful entrepreneurs

BUS 310: Photos from Fall 2015 Pitch Event

On December 2, 2015, the inaugural BUS310 Foundations of Entrepreneurship class taught by Professor Lois Shelton had its culminating class activity - a Fast Pitch Competition. Eight student teams pitched original business concepts to a panel of three prominent businessmen - Steve Fazio of Fazio Cleaners; Jeff Marine of JEM Sportswear and Awake, Inc.; and Zack Schuler of Ninjio LLC and Cal Net Technology Group. The panel selected the following winners:

First Place Team - ConnectED; Alec Ledoux and Arman Aivazian
Second Place Team - DanWel; Rico Zimmerman and Zi Gong
Best Pitch Presentation - Sharkbuddies; Jose Perez, Priscilla Morales, Lauren Gehringer, Brice Berdah
Best Q&A Session - Memuzin; Evin Acar, Helin Acar, Chung Liu

BUS310 is part of the new Entrepreneurship Minor now available to students of all majors across the CSUN campus. For more information on the Entrepreneurship Minor, please click here, or contact Professor Lois Shelton or Ryan Holbrook, Entrepreneurship Program Director. See photos below!

  
Rico Zimmerman (left) and Christian Fernandez (right) pitching their ideas live to the panel of judges
 
Our esteemed panel of judges. From left to right: Zack Schuler, Steve Fazio, and Jeff Marine
 From left to right: John Leon, Andrea Banos, Doreen Oppong (Team Greenleaves)

Our judges with winners of Best Presentation Team, Sharkbuddies. From left to right: Jose Perez, Brice Berdah, Priscilla Morales, Lauren Gehringer

First Place Team (ConnectED) & Second Place Team (DanWel). From left to right: Zi Gong (DanWel), Alec Ledoux (ConnectED), Arman Aivazian (ConnectED), and Rico Zimmerman (DanWel)
Our judges with Team Memuzin, Winners of Best Q&A Session. From left to right: Jeff Marine, Chung Liu, Steve Fazio, Helin Acar, Evin Acar, & Zack Schuler

Concentration in Entrepreneurship (MBA) *New for Fall 2015*

The David Nazarian Graduate Programs in Business recently introduced a Concentration in Entrepreneurship as part of their MBA program. The program includes a broad set of courses that provide targeted classroom training and experiential, hands-on learning that immerses students in the four pillars of successful entrepreneurship: personal integrity, the idea, team and execution, and serendipity. Under faculty advisement, students conduct challenging consulting projects for local small-business owners and entrepreneurs, leverage new technologies that spark innovation, and apply structure and experimentation to the project-planning process.

Entrepreneurship Classes (David Nazarian College of Business & Economics)

BUS310: Foundations of Entrepreneurship
This course is intended to help students gain knowledge and skills that are the foundation to become a successful entrepreneur in business. The course provides aspiring entrepreneurs a preview of the journey starting from an idea through the initial phases of a business venture. Students will learn about business model formation, early stage capital, small business market development and sales, small business operation and modeling, and project management. Students will acquire or enhance problem identification/definition aptitude, self-help ability, solution development know-how, as well as communication and collaboration skills.

BUS410: Business Development and Operation for Entrepreneurs
This course is intended to help students gain knowledge and skills that are critical for developing and running a successful business as an entrepreneur. The course provides aspiring entrepreneurs with a business model and the tools to grasp the essential operational aspects of a business venture both in the U.S. and abroad. Students will learn about business formation, fundraising, business development, operation setup, process design and automation, revenue generation, management of innovation and change, and new venture governance. Students will acquire or enhance problem identification/definition aptitude, self-help ability, solution development know-how, as well as communication and collaboration skills.

BUS495E: New Venture Launch
In this Credit/No Credit course, students or teams of students will actively work towards preparing to launch a new venture. Students will actually prepare to implement a business model, and business development and operational strategies developed in BUS 310 and BUS 410. Each student must should plan to invest a minimum of 150 hours in preparing to launch a new venture as well as successfully complete all assignments, which are designed to assist students in linking entrepreneurship concepts and theories to the actual practice of starting up a new business.

BUS491CS: Small Business Consulting
Perform situation analyses and develop business/marketing recommendations for actual clients. Mandatory client meetings several times within the semester. Present final recommendations to both the instructor and client. Offers a community service opportunity with activities relating to concepts and theories presented.

IS 497E: Technology Start-up Entrepreneurship
This course is intended to help students gain knowledge and skills that are the foundational to become a successful entrepreneur in businesses that revolve around technology. The course provides aspiring entrepreneurs a preview of the journey starting from an idea through the initial phases of a business venture. Learn about business plan formation, early stage capital, small business market development and sales, small business operation and planning, and software life cycles. Students will acquire or enhance problem identification/definition aptitude, self-help ability, solution development know-how, as well ascommunication and collaboration skills.

Entrepreneurship Classes (Cross-Campus)

MSE 402: Engineering Project Management
The engineering project management process, from the feasibility stage through project close out. Topics include project initiation, project screening and selection, organizational and project structure, time and cost estimation, budgeting, developing work plans, scheduling resources, managing risk, tracking work, managing teams, partnership projects and close out. Students learn to use appropriate software to assist with the project-management process.

MSE 303: Innovation, Invention, and Technology
Exploration of the history, processes, methods and creators of technological innovations and inventions. Global contributions, creator diversity and technological failures are addressed. Critical assessments of technological innovation and invention. Not available for credit toward an Engineering Degree.

MUS 483ME/L: Music Entrepreneurship and Lab
Development of analytical, organizational, cross-platform, research and presentation skills needed to acquire entrepreneurial acumen to assist in creating successful career opportunities in music. Through discussions, guest speakers and fieldwork, students learn how governments, foundations, demographics and philanthropic trends affect society. Students develop abilities to innovate and integrate their own unique talents in service to society and to the profession.

MUS 683: Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry
Study of the processes and procedures involved in launching entrepreneurial enterprises that monetize music industry-related intellectual property, products and services. Emphasis on opportunity recognition, commercialization of intellectual property, use of established and developing distribution models, and organizational and capitalization structures for new ventures within the music industry.

JOUR 495DME: Digital Media Entrepreneurship
(11639) -- Teacher: Jose Luis Benavides

CTVA 468: Multimedia Production / Multimedia Production Option
Pre-production, production and distribution of digital material for film, television and the World Wide Web. Students acquire effective computer skills to design websites, create streaming audio and video, design and create DVDs, and develop games in the interactive media environment.

CTVA 351: Anatomy of Film Producing
Organization and management for both independent and studio film production. Basic business procedures, financing, budgeting, distribution, exhibition, legal matters, the development of entrepreneurial skills and structure, practices and current trends of the industry.

RTM 304: Entrepreneurial Ventures in Recreation and Human Services
Analysis of approaches and techniques necessary to initiate an entrepreneurial start-up in the recreation and human service arenas. Topics include the nature of entrepreneurialism, development of a business plan, organization of the enterprise, financial and operations management, and computer applications.

Encouraging the Entrepreneurial Spirit: Dr. Lois Shelton

Encouraging the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Professor Lois Shelton led the charge in creating the revamped entrepreneurship curriculum within the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics. She sees a future in which CSUN is truly a magnet for entrepreneurs.

But why does entrepreneurship matter? “It provides you with a new way of thinking,” Shelton said. “Whether it’s a new business or a new initiative within an existing business, it gives you the skills to look beyond what is and to see what can be. We don’t want our students to be passive responders to change — we want them to have the tools to create and master the future.”