From discovering new ventures to managing technology to directing corporate strategies, entrepreneurs need expertise in a broad spectrum of specialty topics in order to thrive in today’s competitive business environment. MBA@UNC’s entrepreneurship MBA concentration prepares aspiring business leaders with the skills and confidence they need to make their business a lasting success.
Through targeted electives, faculty mentorship and high-level networking opportunities, students in the entrepreneurship MBA concentration develop the skills, resources and connections they need to develop their ideas.
Career Paths for Entrepreneurs
Innovation and an influx of new businesses are rapidly becoming driving factors in the global business market. This influx has led to expanded opportunities for professionals in a variety of entrepreneurship-related roles, including:
Founder — The founder (and co-founders) of startup companies are responsible for bringing an idea to life and taking on all aspects of a company until it’s large enough to hire additional employees. Founders are involved with all aspects of a company’s growth, such as product prototyping, manufacturing, marketing, raising capital, operations and technology.
Funder — Also known as venture capitalists (VCs), these individuals help start, grow or mature small firms and startups. VCs work with the investment team to look for companies that have potential to grow; analyze the company’s accomplishments, goals and business models; and advise them in developing their business.
Corporate Innovator — Executives in this pathway work for medium to large corporations and can be responsible for generating innovative new ways to do business within a company. Corporate innovators identify new markets to enter, spread best practices to promote efficiency and shepherd innovative ideas through the product life cycle.
Early Executive — Early senior managers at startup companies often benefit from approaching their roles with an entrepreneurial mindset. These professionals help young companies operate more efficiently and can develop a better understanding of how to start their own future businesses.
UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni have gone on to start, support or grow innovative companies in a wide range of industries. Meet some of our notable entrepreneurial alums:
Brent Callinicos: Early Executive, Uber
Joseph Colopy: Founder, Bronto Software
Jason Kilar: Founder, Hulu
Martin Lagod: Funder, Firelake Capital Management
Julian Robertson: Founder, Tiger Management
Amit Singh: Founder, Spectraforce
Bill Starling: Founder, Synergy Life Science Partners
Jeff Tucker: Early Executive, Century Bridge Capital
Sumit Vohra: Founder, Lonerider Brewing Company
Matt Williamson: Founder, Windsor Circle
Tucker York: Early Executive, Goldman Sachs
Z. Biri Singh: Early Executive, Cisco
“Even right now, as I’m raising capital for my company, I’m taking what I learn in class back to the business an hour later. I’ve learned how to inspire innovation and launch professional development programs, but most importantly, I’ve become a better leader.”
Stephanie Winans CEO of Bundoo MBA@UNC Class of 2016
Entrepreneurship Job Titles
In addition to founders and co-founders, there are a wide variety of potential careers that entrepreneurship MBA graduates can pursue, including:
Entrepreneurship Education at UNC Kenan-Flagler
UNC Kenan-Flagler students learn how to apply core principles to their own business plans. Both in class and through in-person learning opportunities, students acquire the skills to identify potentially lucrative and financially viable enterprise opportunities, refine and develop their strategies to secure funding, and expand their initial business vision over time.
Core and elective courses in the entrepreneurship concentration cover essential skills such as new venture discovery, corporate strategy, innovation and social entrepreneurship, managing business innovation and technology management.
Marketing Strategy, Analysis and Development
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
New Ventures Discovery
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies
In the STAR program, students serve as consultants to leading corporations and nonprofit organizations to develop actionable strategies. Under the guidance of faculty advisors, students expand their entrepreneurial skills and get hands-on experience helping businesses grow. Learn more about the STAR program.
Students in the STAR Global program complete the same consultative services as in the STAR program, but in this case they are working for clients based in China, India or Brazil. We complete more than 15 high-impact, action-oriented global engagements each year.
Resources and Career Development Services
Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES)
At UNC Kenan-Flagler, an entrepreneurial spirit is ingrained into our culture. Since 1997, CES has offered students, staff and faculty the resources to identify and evaluate valuable entrepreneurial opportunities and get connected to mentors and coaches in Research Triangle Park (RTP)—one of the nation’s most vibrant entrepreneurial hotspots.
Career and Leadership Consulting Services
Leadership Consulting and Career Guidance
MBA@UNC’s dedicated Career & Leadership Services team helps students work on specific entrepreneurial skills such as presentation skills, executive presence and networking.
The career services team also works with students one-on-one to design an individualized career management strategy. These strategies integrate high-caliber UNC Kenan-Flagler resources, consultative services and networking contacts to maximize the return on each student’s career investment through the MBA@UNC program.
Learn More About MBA@UNC
See how UNC Kenan-Flagler’s top-ranked online MBA helps aspiring entrepreneurs start or grow businesses by learning more about MBA@UNC. Download our comprehensive brochure now.