Enterprise Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Professional Track

The Enterprise Innovation and Entrepreneurship Track brings like-minded students together very early in the MBA program to learn about startup business concepts and to experience the unique entrepreneurial ecosystem.

With a focus on launching emerging technology companies, Enterprise Innovation and Entrepreneurship emphasizes team practice linked to real-world entrepreneurial projects, balances theoretical and practitioner education, and provides thorough exposure to the many building blocks of an entrepreneurial career.

Our Westlake campus has a state-of-art incubation facility, which assists the student teams with Startups, business model development etc. with the help of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, speaker series and networking events.

Entrepreneurship Courses

Required Emphasis Course
  • MBA 522   Innovative Business Models
    (Student must take this corresponding Emphasis Course along with an additional Emphasis Course of their choice.)
Professional Concentration Courses

Choose four from the following:

  • MBA 550   Agile Product Development
  • MBA 551   Entrepreneurial Marketing and Selling
  • MBA 552   Entrepreneurial Finance
  • MBA 553   Growth Stage Venture Management
  • MBA 5STE   Special Topics of Entrepreneurial Management

Career Paths in Entrepreneurship 

If you’re pursuing a career as an entrepreneur, there’s really no title beyond that, especially in the early years of a startup. Every person on the founding team fulfills whatever role is needed for the situation. Second, for MBA’s who have an interest in entrepreneurship, careers tend to lean toward product management and sales.

Much of entrepreneurship education is about knowing who your customer is and what their needs are, as opposed to Human Resource, Organizational Behavior, Operations, or Finance. These are functions that often are outsourced at first. 

Examples of level-based positions:
Entry-level Positions Middle-level Positions Top-level Positions
  • Business Consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • Recruiter
  • Associate Product Developer
  • Sales Representative
  • Anything at a start-up
  • Department Head
  • Marketing Director
  • Manager
  • Specialist
  • Owner of a Company
  • CEO
  • COO/Director of Operations
  • CFO
  • President of a Company

Professional Associations and Organizations

According to the Forbes Magazine, top 5 Startup incubators and accelerators are in California. It is recommended that students can follow the activities supported by them through social media. Following are the suggested websites to use. Also, Cal Lutheran has an active Entrepreneurship student club and we have resources available at www.hub101.la that students are welcome to tap into as well.

Entrepreneurship Professional Organizations