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Explore the entrepreneurship bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

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.

Lessons learned at UWEC grow student’s small business

Entrepreneurship student Claire Bee chose to enroll at UW-Eau Claire because of the fantastic things she had heard about the University's business programs — and so far, she has not been disappointed. In fact, Claire says that she has already used lessons learned to better her alpaca business, a venture she started in her hometown of Mondovi.

In addition to relevant courses, interacting with other people with a passion for entrepreneurship as well as campus events like Entrepreneur Fest have been helpful.

“My journey as a business management student has already given me a lot of resources and connections with so many people," she said. "There are so many opportunities here.”

Entrepreneurship degree scholarships

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.

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Grads launch business, author ebook

Two marketing and entrepreneurship grads are taking lessons learned from UW-Eau Claire on the road. Pete Thuli and Taylor Bucher recently launched their own business, Always The Road, which includes an ebook, apparel, music and a booming Instagram account. Their growing brand helps people learn how to convert vans into traveling homes, opening them up to a world of exploration and adventure. The pair also focuses on ways people can reduce their carbon footprint and live a more minimalistic lifestyle. 

The grads credit UW-Eau Claire with giving them the tools and experiences needed to take a risk and go after their dreams. 

Quick facts

Entrepreneurship program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Availability: campus
  • This major does not require a minor.
  • This program is also a minor.
Student organizations
  • 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.

Entrepreneurship bachelor’s degree program highlights

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. 

What jobs can you get with an entrepreneurship degree from UWEC?

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?

Entrepreneurship careers

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.’”

Taylor Pierce Entrepreneurship
Bradley Johnson of Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization was a leader in making Eau Claire-Opoly a reality

Blugold entrepreneurs create Eau Claire-Opoly board game

If you've ever dreamed of creating your own board game, entrepreneurship student Bradley Johnson is proof it can happen. The Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO) leader recently debuted a "Monopoly" spin-off board game, that features well-known Eau Claire businesses, organizations, bridges, parks, streets and other local landmarks.   

The game is now available for purchase, with funds going towards future CEO projects. But students are getting much more than money out of the deal. They're also gaining real-world, marketable skills that will be used throughout their careers. 

“Working with a team, leading a team, understanding my own in addition to others' strengths and weaknesses, communicating, marketing, sales and strategic planning are all skills that have been enhanced through my experiences in student organizations,” said Bradley. 

Entrepreneurship bachelor’s degree program curriculum

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:

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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