Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises

The ability to envision and create new business ventures is a valuable skill whether you plan to be a founder in a startup, an employee in an existing firm or a possible successor in a family business. An entrepreneurial perspective adds value to organizations by identifying fresh opportunities, growing new markets and infusing innovation. Entrepreneurs are transforming the way we live and how we conduct business.

Are you intrigued by the challenges and opportunities of starting a company, working for a start-up, joining a family business or adding an entrepreneurial mindset to a social venture or non-profit? Do you plan to work for a large firm in product or business development where you will need to understand how to strategically maneuver in a rapidly growing global market? If you enjoy innovative thinking, creating and managing, then Whitman’s renowned entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises (EEE) program could be the perfect fit for you.

Choices in Courses and Careers
The underlying philosophy of our undergraduate entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises (EEE) program is experiential learning. The entire program is dedicated to providing hands-on opportunities for students to live entrepreneurship, whether through starting their own companies, working with local start-ups or by engaging in consulting projects with established businesses or not-for-profits.

A comprehensive and timely curriculum gives our graduates the knowledge base for success in a variety of business settings. The Whitman EEE major has four distinct tracks:

  • New venture creation
  • Corporate entrepreneurship
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Family business
Real-World Readiness
Our entrepreneurship majors gain practical experience by connecting with the resources and outreach programs through the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship, which is home to the Couri Hatchery, a student-centered, supportive business incubator that helps student business startups reach independence through mentorship and professional resources.

Other entrepreneurial resources and practical learning programs offered include the Panasci Business Plan Competition, open to all students across campus, the Whitman Alumni Club Student CNY Business Start-up Award and the Whitman Entrepreneurial Idea Award. All three reward winners with cash and in-kind services to support their endeavors.

The highly-selective D’Aniello Internship program, an internationally recognized initiative providing unique entrepreneurial opportunities for highly qualified students, offers student interns the opportunity to work directly with an entrepreneur and founder of an entrepreneur and founder of a high growth, innovative company located in the greater Syracuse area.

Clubs and Connections
Whitman’s many clubs further enhance students’ entrepreneurship skills and spirit. For example, our Entrepreneurship Club is a dynamic and passionate group that brings students, faculty and local businesses together to spread entrepreneurship around the Syracuse University campus and throughout the Syracuse community.

Primed for Placement
Our entrepreneurship majors are recruited by leading corporations, including Bloomberg, Burlington Stores, IBM, JPMorgan Chase and Northwestern Mutual.