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L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Academic Program

Students with a major or minor in entrepreneurship will develop an understanding of how a business enterprise is conceived, launched, and sustained. Our curriculum teaches students how to identify viable business opportunities and explores how such opportunities are transformed into new ventures. Additionally, emphasis is placed on how entrepreneurial ventures successfully compete for financial resources, identify and reach their target market, and establish business processes, systems, and controls to manage small and growth-oriented ventures.

One of the distinctions of the program is the micro-company experience where student teams create and operate micro-businesses during their sophomore year. Examples of past micro-businesses include wall tapestries, spirit clothing apparel, folding chairs, coffee mugs, Christmas ornaments,  rehabilitation of a 112-year-old home near campus, and even a one-pound gummy bear.  This experience is delivered through the Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. To date, over 200 micro-companies have been created, successfully run, and harvested.

Another key benefit of the program is the capstone course senior seminar in entrepreneurship, in which students work as consultants to local emerging companies, solving strategic or operational issues under the supervision of a course professor and recently retired local entrepreneurs who serve as mentors to each consulting team.

With our undergraduate program being nationally ranked in America, entrepreneurship is the fastest-growing major at the University of Dayton School of Business Administration. It is also our most selective major for entrance. We do not accept all who apply for the entrepreneurship major, however, the entrepreneurship minor is open to all UD undergraduates who apply.


L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

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