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UNC Burch Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley
Students in the seminar will spend a semester interning in an innovative enterprise while pursuing the course work associated with the minor in entrepreneurship. The seminar will take full advantage of the strong entrepreneurial culture associated with the Bay Area. Trips to venues such as the Stanford Design Lab, the Y-Combinator Incubator, and iconic companies such as Apple, Google, Twitter, and Uber will be incorporated into the curriculum. The seminar will also involve local entrepreneurs in teaching, speaking, and mentoring.
The courses to be offered in this Burch seminar represent the core of the Minor in Entrepreneurship. The seminar will be open to students in the Entrepreneurship minor who have completed Econ 101 (a prerequisite) and the minor's mandatory gateway course, Econ 125 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (or are currently enrolled in 125).
The seminar will be open to students in the Entrepreneurship minor who have completed Econ 101 (a prerequisite) and the minor's mandatory gateway course, Econ 125 Introduction to Entrepreneurship. Students in this semester-long Burch seminar will enroll in two three-hour courses and an internship-based practicum worth six hours of academic credit, for a total of 12 credit hours.
The seminar begins in Chapel Hill for a 2-week intensive of the majority of Econ 325H and continues on to California for the remainder of the program.
Econ 325H Entrepreneurship: Principles and Practice, 3 credit hours, in Chapel Hill before concluding in Silicon Valley, satisfies minor requirement
Econ 325H, a 12-day intensive course of study to be offered at the beginning of the seminar, will provide a granular approach to the most important tasks required to create a new enterprise. The course will meet for four hours a day in Chapel Hill.
Econ 327H Business Venturing Workshop, 3 credit hours, satisfies minor track requirement (on-site, on-line, and via video teleconferencing)
The venturing workshop will take advantage of the resources of the Bay Area to give students a unique combination of experiential learning opportunities. The content of the course will include at least seven site visits to innovative companies or enterprises in the Bay Area, two weekend-long workshops (one focused on ideation and the other on design), and a series of speakers, all of whom will bring real-world expertise to the classroom. Networking events will also be integrated into this course. The course will meet weekly for 3.5 hours in the afternoon or evening.
Econ 393H Practicum in Entrepreneurship, (Internship) 6 credit hours, satisfies minor internship and practicum requirements (on-line and via video teleconferencing)
The internship is central to the curriculum of the Minor in Entrepreneurship. Students in the Burch seminar will work in their internships 30 hours per week over 12 weeks.
Courses in this program are UNC Graded Credit.
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- You will receive a letter grade for those courses, and this does affect your GPA.
Students will be housed in dormitories with double or triple rooms with students at Menlo College in Atherton, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. There is a strong small-campus culture and interaction with local students. From Atherton, there is access to San Francisco and the entire Bay Area via public transportation. A meal allowance for the dining halls is included in the housing costs.
For the first two weeks of the program, students will be housed in double-rooms in a hotel in Chapel Hill before traveling to California for the remainder of the program.
Full-time residential staff are available to answer questions and handle emergencies on the ground.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the program are based on operating costs of the program. Tuition and fees will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
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