Find creative and inventive ways to make the impossible possible, with a bachelor's degree in entrepreneurship from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Here, we won't just support you in your dreams to start your own business — we'll help make it happen. And we have the students and alumni to prove it.
Accredited by AACSB International, our business school houses the tools, resources and knowledge necessary to succeed in the business world. Diverse course curriculum will provide you with a strong, well-rounded foundation of business knowledge. Through projects, internships and competitions, you'll learn the different components of a business plan, how data can drive strategy, and best-practices when managing and responding to change.
You'll also get real-world experience. Through a semester's worth of classes, you will have the opportunity to develop your own unique business idea. Partnerships with local community entrepreneurs and presentations with business owners will allow you to improve your business plan and work toward your goals on a regular basis.
Our entrepreneurship program is one of the most comprehensive programs in the state. Rich in scholarship, study abroad and resume-building opportunities, the entrepreneurship major will provide you with what you need to make your ideas a reality.
The UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides many scholarships for incoming and current Blugolds. Many incoming students are automatically awarded scholarships for having outstanding academic achievements. Students also have the opportunity to apply for scholarships specific to the entrepreneurship major. For example, the Stacey Hanke Entrepreneurship Student Scholarship is a $3,500 renewable scholarship awarded to those who have financial need, demonstrate solid academic performance and show involvement in civic or community opportunities.
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your entrepreneurship degree.
Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.
Entrepreneurship program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: campus
- This major does not require a minor.
- This program is also a minor.
- Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO)
- Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary (BGS)
- Beta Upsilon Sigma (BUS)
- Collegiate DECA
Accreditation information: Our business programs are among the best. We are accredited by AACSB International, a mark of excellence achieved by less than 5% of all business schools worldwide.
Regional and national competitions. Demonstrate your expertise at the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament, Swim with the Sharks, or the UW-Eau Claire Perfect Pitch, events entrepreneurship students regularly participate and place in. These competitions are excellent ways to sharpen your skills, build confidence and jump-start your career.
Access to start-up funds. The Blugold Angel Fund reserves dollars for students interested in starting their own business. Graduates can compete for these funds and use them to get their business up and running. This is just one of the many barriers UW-Eau Claire tries to eliminate for promising entrepreneurs.
Real-world learning. Unique assignments and projects in the entrepreneurship major will give you real, tangible experience. Much of the coursework also offers opportunities to network and meet potential employers. Guest speakers frequently present to students on how they got to where they are today.
Valuable student organizations. UW-Eau Claire's College of Business offers more than 20 student organizations, all aimed to provide you with new experiences, skills and opportunities. One unique organization, UW-Eau Claire's Collegiate Entrepreneur's Organization, helps students get their business ideas off the ground. It's how Blugold Roast, a successful coffee business (now an LLC), landed a location right here on campus.
A community of go-getters. The community of entrepreneurship students and professors will inspire you to go after your dreams. Faculty are always willing to lend a helping hand and strive to provide you with unique opportunities to meet other successful business professionals.
With an entrepreneurship degree, you will have the confidence to go out into the real world and succeed in your business ventures. You'll learn practical skills in communication, leadership and planning — all of which you can leverage during job interviews. You will also work with businesses right here in Eau Claire to further develop your connections and grow your network.
Where are entrepreneurship alumni now?
- Content creator, Youtube, Wisconsin
- Program manager, MatrixCare, Minnesota
- Owner, Durahome Painting Plus, Minnesota
- Owner, Next Level Soccer, Minnesota
- Business consultant
- Business owner
- Sales person
- Mid-level management
I enjoy getting to know other students in the program. We all help each other by giving advice and sharing our thoughts on each other’s business plans to help get to the next step. There are times when I’m talking to another student about their business ideas and I think to myself, “Yeah, you’re going to be successful. I have to remember you so I can say, ‘Yup I had him or her in my classes.’”
In addition to the required business core classes you will take during your time at UWEC, you will also experience a series of classes focused specifically on entrepreneurship. These classes will allow you to develop a business concept from start to finish, learn the inner workings of how to create your own business and give you the tools you'll need to succeed in your future endeavors.
Classes for entrepreneurship majors may include:
- Strategic Management in a Global Business Environment
- Developing the Leader Within You
- Production Planning and Control
- Small Business Consulting
- Topics in Leadership
- Foundations for Success in Business
- Business Law
Learn more about the comprehensive entrepreneurship major in the UWEC course catalog.
Learn more about the entrepreneurship minor in the UWEC course catalog.
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