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Foundations of Entrepreneurship

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Go from “Wantrepreneur” to Entrepreneur
Foundations of Entrepreneurship

Learn what it takes to build a business from concept to launch.

University Extension (UEX) offers Foundations of Entrepreneurship, a course developed and taught by faulty of the McCombs School of Business that taps into Austin's startup culture to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the information needed to turn business ideas into business ventures.

Guest speakers from the Austin business community are invited into the classroom to speak about their experiences, offer advice and answer student questions. At the end of the semester, students participate in the Deep in the Startup of Texas Pitch Event before a panel of Angel Investors.

This course offers step by step guidance on how to:

  • develop and test a business idea.
  • build and grow a team.
  • file the correct legal forms.
  • develop a business marketing plan.
  • fund and grow a startup.

This class is offered in the fall and spring semesters only. Class meets Monday evenings (6-9 p.m.) on the main UT Austin campus.

Courses offered by UEX provide college credit, are transferable and appear on an official university transcript. Admission is not required.


Student Testimonial

Photo of Wesley Draper"One of the driving forces of me coming to UT and majoring in computer science is the entrepreneurial nature of both the school and the major. I have pursued as much entrepreneurship related classwork as was offered to me at UT. I will be graduating with not one but two certificates related to entrepreneurship. I think students stand so much to gain by engaging in the study of entrepreneurship, even if they have no interest in pursuing a start-up themselves. Professor Landolt's class, Foundations of Entrepreneurship, is a great example of teaching the value in concepts of iterative development and validated learning. As pressure on students increases for perfection in classes, Landolt's was a refreshing reminder that failure is not just ok but encouraged. Fail, and fail quickly. But gain valuable insight on why you failed and how to improve. The entrepreneurial mindset is a paradigm shift from traditional academia. I believe it is crucial for every student to have some exposure to it."

- Wesley Draper, UT Alumnus, Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science 

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What Our Students Are Saying

"This is a real world experience! I learned skills in this class that I will benefit from for years to come."

"It's like a cross between Shark Tank and a practicum."

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Meet the Instructor

Karen M. Landolt is a lecturer in the Business, Government and Society department at the McCombs School of Business. Landolt completed a BA in government from The University of Texas at Austin and went on to earn a J.D. from the Northeastern University School of Law before returning to her alma mater to teach.

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Information for Current UT Austin Students

BA 320F counts toward the Business Foundations Program minor/certificate in place of LEB 320F, MAN 320F or MKT 320F, and may be counted toward the Bridging Disciplines Program certificate in Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship.

Learn more about how UEX courses work for UT Austin students.

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Texas Business Foundations Program

Developed by the McCombs School of Business to provide non-business students with a fundamental understanding of common business topics and processes, the Texas Business Foundations Program curriculum is now available to everyone through University Extension.
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