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Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises

Why Entrepreneurship?
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. 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

Clubs and Connections
Whitman’s many clubs, including the Family Business Club,  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.

Real-World Readiness
Our entrepreneurship majors gain practical experience by connecting with the resources and outreach programs through the Couri Hatchery and Blackstone LaunchPad, which are student-centered, supportive business incubators that help student business startups reach independence through mentorship and professional resources. Students have the opportunity to compete in various business plan competitions to win cash prizes to support their endeavors. Additionally, the selective D’Aniello Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to work directly with entrepreneurs in the Syracuse area.

Here is a sampling of the kinds of internships and jobs our EEE majors have had:

Nike – Global Strategic Planning Intern
W2O Group – Social Commerce Intern
Macy’s – Product Development Intern

Amazon – Area Manager
Proctor & Gamble – Associate Manager, Brand Communications
Microsoft – Program Manager, Operations