Develop the skills you need to take your business idea from concept to reality

As a Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship degree candidate, students study classic business areas, such as accounting, finance, marketing and management, and gain skills to help them spearhead new business practices and processes.

Students also learn the importance of opportunity recognition, flexibility, and challenging the status quo with sustainable and ethical business strategies. The Entrepreneurship major is now the third most popular major for college students, and is a good option for students interested in starting their own organization or contributing to the success of a startup. Through classroom and community experiences, students develop their own entrepreneurial management skills. The program teaches traditional business concepts while providing a unique lens for entrepreneur CEOs.

In this program students will:
  • Develop the skills and knowledge to research, plan and prepare a viable business proposal for a new venture
  • Apply approaches for how to manage risk and how to build on the challenges of venture feasibility
  • Integrate valuable perspectives from speakers who are business leaders and entrepreneurs
  • Appreciate the importance of passion and dedication in the success of a venture

Outcomes

Entrepreneurship graduates are prepared to join an organization in a leadership role or start their own businesses.

For example students can start a:
  • Social enterprise
  • Software firm specializing in smartphone applications
  • Boutique clothing store
  • Mobile dining facility
  • Bakery or restaurant

Or, students might join a new venture team that promotes a sustainable environment, affordable housing or other business and societal innovations. Students who are not ready to start their own business or dive into startup culture can find many ways to apply their Entrepreneurship major to other careers such as:

  • Business consultant
  • New venture development for a large firm
  • Corporate sales
  • Nonprofit fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Recruiting​

Upon completion of the BBA in Entrepreneurship, many graduates continue their education by pursuing an advanced degree in related disciplines, such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Outside the Classroom

Student Entrepreneurship Club (SEC)

The SEC is a student organization designed to advance an entrepreneurial ecosystem at St. Edward’s University for students who are interested in starting a small business or nonprofit organization to benefit the University, its students, the Austin community and beyond. The organization supplements classroom learning and serves as an outlet to promote the entrepreneurial experience. Activities include co-sponsoring and supporting the annual business plan competition and the iChallenge pitch competition, field trips, presentations by entrepreneurs, and volunteering at various entrepreneurial events – both on campus and in the community.

Meet the Faculty

Entrepreneurship faculty work closely with entrepreneurs in the Austin business community and beyond, including experts in areas such as the legal aspects of entrepreneurship, venture capital, and intellectual property. They bring real-world expertise from companies such as Capital Factory, Motion Computing and Dell into the classroom.

The Entrepreneurship faculty are active in the business community and are affiliated with a variety of professional organizations, including:
  • Academy of Management
  • American Bar Association
  • American Marketing Association
  • Austin Technology Council
  • Society for Marketing Advancement
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Association of Business
  • Texas Legal Services Center
  • United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE)​

“In an educational environment that strives for continuous improvement, I enjoy the challenge of tapping into my students’ energy and enthusiasm. I hold myself accountable for helping maximize their highest levels of performance in class in order for them to make responsible decisions later in their chosen fields.”
— Antonio Alvarado, JD, Executive-in-Residence