What Is Entrepreneurship?
At LMU's Fred Kiesner Center for Entrepreneurship, we are dedicated to instilling the entrepreneurial spirit in all our students, whether they are pursuing a startup or planning to join a large organization. All we ask is that they change the world for the better!
LMU's Entrepreneurship major teaches students how to plan, organize and manage a small business. Students focus on the practical skills, ethical issues and management theory necessary to succeed in a diverse global economy. Students learn how to evaluate the feasibility of new business ideas and ventures, undertake risk analysis and develop a business plan. They then learn how to take those ideas and ventures from the drawing board to the real world.
LMU has been teaching entrepreneurship with an emphasis on ethics and social responsibility since 1972. In fact, we were one of the first schools in the U.S. to offer an Entrepreneurship program. We are also considered one of the best – having been ranked among the top programs in the nation by such publications as The Princeton Review, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg Businessweek, U.S. News & World Report, and Inc. magazine.
What Do Entrepreneurship Majors Do?
The LMU Entrepreneurship Program offers a state-of-the-art curriculum combined with innovative co-curricular activities. Undergraduate and graduate courses are designed to challenge students and expand the limits of their entrepreneurial capacity. Our co-curricular programs provide opportunities to connect with successful entrepreneurs, visit leading companies, participate in business plan competitions, and develop hands-on experience in building a business.
We are proud of our world famous Business Incubator which provides students with the workplace and guidance to prepare their businesses for the real world. We also host the Hilton Distinguished Entrepreneur Lecture Series, Dinner with a Winner, and Wall of Honor Awards, all of which allow students to learn from and make connections with successful entrepreneurs.
We are fortunate to be located in the center of one of the most vibrant entrepreneurship communities in the world, Silicon Beach. This new mecca for tech and innovation has served our students well - offering an abundance of internship and job opportunities.
Is This Major Right for You?
You might be an Entrepreneurship major if you:
- Have a “fire in the belly”
- Have a passion for new ideas
- Believe in your own endless capability
- Enjoy being your own boss
- Look forward to hard work
- Dream about changing the world
- Don’t mind taking on responsibility
About Our Faculty
Our faculty members are passionate entrepreneurs and dedicated teachers. Our faculty members include serial entrepreneurs, public company CEOs, venture capitalists, consultants, top-notch researchers, and award winning teachers. Like true entrepreneurs, they constantly innovate and experiment with their courses. They don’t mind working long hours to advise students on their careers and businesses, and celebrate students’ success like their own.
Our faculty members are experts in fields such as new venture creation, entrepreneurial finance, social entrepreneurship, technology management, international joint ventures, turnarounds, to name a few. They have been quoted or featured in numerous media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Inc. magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and The Los Angeles Business Journal.
About Our Students and Graduates
LMU’s College of Business Administration has close to 300 students pursuing a degree in Entrepreneurship. Many of our students join the fast-growing Entrepreneurship Society and immediately immerse themselves in many of the programs and activities offered, including guest lectures, visits to innovative companies, and events such as the New Idea Competition. High-achieving students may be invited to join Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
After graduation, our graduates pursue a wide range of career paths. Some land jobs in large established corporations. Others join promising startups – especially those in Silicon Beach, a hotbed for new technology companies – located a few miles from the LMU campus. A number of our graduates continue working on the startups they founded while in school.
Our curriculum includes the following innovative courses:
- Introduction to Entrepreneurship
- New Venture Creation
- International Entrepreneurship
- Entrepreneurial Finance
- Managing the New Venture
- Entrepreneurial Marketing
- Product and Business Design
- Business Incubation
- Entrepreneurial Leadership
- Real Estate Finance, Investment and Entrepreneurship
- Laws for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses
- Strategy for Technology Ventures
- Independent Studies
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