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 offered in this Burch seminar represent the core of the Minor in Entrepreneurship. This seminar is open to UNC undergraduates (second-year status or greater) with a 3.0 GPA who have completed ECON101 and ECON125 or with instructor permission.
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 with instructor permission. Students in this semester-long Burch seminar will enroll in three three-hour courses and an internship-based practicum worth six hours of academic credit, for a total of 15 credit hours.
The seminar begins in Durham
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, satisfies minor requirement
Jed Simmons (Durham intensive)
ECON 325H, a two-week intensive course of study 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 at American Underground
ECON 327H Business Venturing Workshop,
3 credit hours, satisfies minor track requirement
Silicon Valley-based faculty
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 and a series of speakers, all of whom will bring real-world expertise to the classroom. The course will meet weekly for 3.5 hours.
HNRS 350: The Silicon Valley Experience
, 3 credit hours
Silicon Valley-based faculty
Students will study design thinking and understand the ingredients that made Silicon Valley a center for innovation.
ECON 393H Practicum in Entrepreneurship (Internship),
6 credit hours, satisfies minor internship and practicum requirements
Jed Simmons (online)
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 for 12 weeks. Local coaches will assist students in networking and maximizing their internships.
Courses in this program are UNC Graded Credit.
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