Entrepreneurship / Small Business Major
Entrepreneurship is about creating value by identifying opportunities, and gathering and managing resources to exploit these opportunities. Students in the Entrepreneurship/Small Business Major are exposed to this process in contexts such as new venture startup, social initiatives, small business management and family business.

Students will encounter questions including: What is creativity and how does it relate to entrepreneurship? What is opportunity and how do businesses start in response to perceived opportunities? How does family involvement impact the business and family?

For students selecting this major, the main focus of this major is on developing skills that are critical for entrepreneurship. This major is concerned with identifying the key success requirements for entrepreneurship, exploring the range of alternatives for starting a small business, and defining the resources necessary to launch a successful new venture.

What is unique about this program at the U of M? The Entrepreneurship/Small Business Major has many unique aspects. For example, we offer a diverse range of entrepreneurship-related electives including a course on Entrepreneurial Leadership as exemplified by recipients of the University of Manitoba’s International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award. The award has been given to leading entrepreneurs, such as Richard Branson, Anita Roddick and Howard Schultz. In addition, we periodically offer specialized courses on topics such as Creativity, Social Entrepreneurship and Indigenous Entrepreneurship. Students are also offered direct hands-on learning experiences and exercises – that are unique to the U of M. These exercises include developing business plans for purchasing existing businesses, launching new ventures based on cutting edge technologies, proposing a new app for the iPhone, and prototyping, pitching, and then validating a new design for a paper aircraft (‘Kitty Hawk in the Classroom’). Students from our program also hold the distinction of winning more competitive business plan competitions than any other school Worldwide.

Interesting Courses include: New Venture Analysis, Family Business Management, Selected Topics in Small Business/Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management, Technological Entrepreneurship Profiles in Entrepreneurial Leadership: The I.D.E.A Award Recipients, Entrepreneurial Creativity, Small Business Finance and Social Entrepreneurship. 

Graduates with the Entrepreneurship/Small Business Major are typically oriented toward either starting their own business or working in an established small or medium-sized enterprise, both in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. However, given that many students double major in Entrepreneurship/Small Business and another functional area (e.g., Marketing, Accounting) many students still pursue more conventional career paths, such as working for a larger established organization.

Student Groups

CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization) Manitoba