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.
Careers in Entrepreneurship
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.
The following entrepreneurship courses are currently offered to MBA@UNC students. However, course offerings are subject to change, and not all electives are offered every term.
Marketing Strategy, Analysis and Development
Business Innovation and Technology Management
Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability in Developing Economies
MBA@UNC’s dedicated Career and Leadership team works with students one-on-one to design an individualized career management strategy. These strategies integrate high-caliber UNC Kenan-Flagler resources and consultative services to maximize the return on each student’s career investment through the MBA@UNC program.
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