Most business schools end with the business plan, but the Owen Entrepreneurship program goes beyond the plan to results because our goal is to see you become a successful entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship students who graduated in 2003 and beyond will generate over $75 million in sales this year and have created over 300 jobs. The Entrepreneurship program is extremely flexible—you can create a program that fits you as an individual. And because Vanderbilt is located in Nashville—perennially ranked as one of the USA’s top entrepreneurial metro areas—you will enjoy abundant business and networking opportunities.
Required 8 hours
Paired with a functional area (finance, accounting, marketing, operations, HOP) the 8 hours of Entrepreneurship courses will help focus your ideas into a business plan. Students who go through this program are prized for their can-do attitudes, perseverance, innovative thinking, creativity, analytic skills and ability to get the job done with superior results.
8 hours of course work from the following:
||Course Title||Credit Hours|
||Managing the Global Enterprise||2|
||Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship||2|
||Health Care Innovation and Evaluation||2|
||Accounting and Finance for Entrepreneurs
||Product Design I
||Product Design II
||Introduction to Entrepreneurship
||Writing a Business Plan
||Launching the Venture
Other recommended courses which do not count as part of the 8 hours toward the emphasis:
||Course Title||Credit Hours|
||Leadership: Theory and Practice
||Management of Service Operations
NOTE: Students may petition to have a project course count as credit toward the entrepreneurship emphasis. The project course must have an entrepreneurship component in order to be considered for credit toward the emphasis. Other Owen and Vanderbilt courses will be considered for credit toward the entrepreneurship emphasis on a case-by-case basis.
NOTE: New course numbers took effect in fall 2015. Former course numbers are included in course descriptions in this catalog and at this website: click here.
Professor of Accounting
Director, Owen Entrepreneurship Center
Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship
Adjunct Professor of Management
Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship
Clinical Professor of Business Strategy and Innovation
Assistant to the Provost for Strategy Process Innovation
Owen Entrepreneurship Center
The OEC brings together entrepreneurs, business managers, investors, faculty and Vanderbilt students to share innovative ideas and build productive relationships. Through its many services and activities (i.e., conferences, discussion groups, speakers, and networking programs), the OEC provides a vital resource for the business community while training MBA students for entrepreneurial careers.
Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Association
The VEA is a student run organization with the primary objective of building a strong community of entrepreneurs at Vanderbilt. The VEA, in conjunction with the Owen Entrepreneurship Center, works to continue the tradition of entrepreneurship at Owen by hosting guest speakers, sponsoring pragmatic workshops, and by supporting the launch of new business ventures.
More Resume-Building Activities
Lunch with Entrepreneurs
Network with and learn from top local entrepreneurs in a friendly, social setting.
Nashville Capital Network
The NCN serves as the hub for early stage capital formation in middle Tennessee.
Summer Enterprise Development Internships
Receive a stipend to work on your own startup venture as your MBA summer internship.
Venture Capital Firm Internships
Learn how these competitive, astute businesses run from the inside out.
Venture Capital Investment Competition
Pit your business plan valuation skills against those of other MBA students.
Meet Students & Alumni
Vanderbilt MBA 2015
Senior Consultant, Deloitte
““I chose the school that I felt would enable me to make the most impact, and I was not wrong,” she says. “Because we are not cookie-cut, you will gain much more than a graduate degree here. You will gain lifelong friendships, unique memories and a network of successful individuals who found a way to thrive by being themselves.” View this profile in a separate window ”
Skills to Succeed
Willing to take risks
Strong personal/business network prior to business school
Previous experience in entrepreneurship
Comfortable with ambiguity
Interpersonal and communication skills
Passion for entrepreneurship
Drive to succeed
General business understanding