ENTR 1505 Entr I: Entrepreneurial Mindset

This course introduces the student to the entrepreneurial mindset in its true economic and social context by studying the opportunities that entrepreneurship offers. The student will study the skills, attitudes and behaviors that successful entrepreneurs have historically possessed, as well as the issues, circumstances and obstacles that shaped their time. Additionally, the student will analyze modern-day successful entrepreneurs who overcame hardship and adversity by embracing an entrepreneurial mindset. The entrepreneurial mindset is analyzed and the elements are applied to the student's own mindset and entrepreneurial potential. (3 lect.)


3 credits

Major Topics

  • What is Entrepreneurship?
  • Benefits and Drawbacks of Entrepreneurship
  • Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs
  • Cultural Diversity of Entrepreneurship
  • Avoiding the Pitfalls of Entrepreneurship
  • The Entrepreneurial Mind
  • Competitive Advantages
  • Strategic Planning
  • Conducting a Feasibility Study


In order to successfully complete this course, the student will:

1. Analyze the economic, political, social and technological climate that supports or hinders the spirit of entrepreneurship.

2. Trace the origins of entrepreneurial ideas focusing on the economic, political, social and technological conditions of the time.

3. Evaluate the impact and benefits of applying the lessons learned in dissecting the entrepreneurial mindset.

4. Translate the historical applications of implementing the characteristics of an entrepreneurial mindset to current applications.

5. Examine the potential for current implementation of the characteristics of an entrepreneurial mindset considering modern day issues, opportunities and obstacles.

6. Discuss the application of the entrepreneurial mindset to problem solving.

7. Affirm the value of the entrepreneurial mindset and its application on the future of our society.

8. Utilize ones’ personal perspectives, histories, experiences, and viewpoints to identify similarities and differences to the characteristics of an entrepreneurial mindset.

9. Compare and contrast the entrepreneurial mindset tools utilized historically and in modern times; identify similarities and differences.

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Ice House curriculum from Kauffman Foundation is required. Instructor must be certified to teach the curriculum.