Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship

"Make No Small Plans"
Chicago now ranks second in the nation in the number of fast-growing small businesses. And at UIC, we put you in the thick of it with a dedicated Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies that offers connections to 1871, an annual business plan competition, innovation incubators and numerous resources that put you on the fast-track to starting your own business.

Students in the bachelor of entrepreneurship program gain knowledge of business planning, financing, marketing, management, information technology, and consulting. You'll learn how to apply this knowledge to new ventures, small enterprises and family businesses in such courses as new venture planning, family business management, entrepreneurial consulting, international entrepreneurship,and social entrepreneurship. 

At UIC Business, we prepare ambitious students to create their own ventures, contribute new ideas to the world and shape their own futures.

The Path of an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs don't follow a career path--they make their own. At UIC Business, we understand the drive and determination that makes an entrepreneur successful, and we provide the resources and directions to transform their goals into reality. 

At UIC Business, our faculty and staff members will teach you to 

  • Evaluate and write business venture plans
  • Identify and screen potential entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Analyze economic conditions 
  • Unravel the legal issues (establishing partnerships, incorporating, issuing IPOs, etc.)
  • Consult with business owners
  • Take the reins at a family business
  • Create and manage e-commerce companies
and more!
Student Life in Entrepreneurship

UIC Business is home to the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, which supports the academic programs by connecting student with local business and entrepreneurs. All students majoring in entrepreneurship are required to participate in consulting projects with local entrepreneurs to help their businesses achieve stability and growth. Students also assist entrepreneurs in writing and editing business plans, and many students launch their own businesses while in the program.

IES supports the Entrepreneurial Student Team Program (464 Entrepreneurial Consulting), which provides upper-level undergraduates the opportunity to practice general business analysis in a real-world setting. Previous companies and projects for the class have included: 

IES also sponsors Concept2Venture, a yearly business plan competition that takes place every December. The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate student teams from any of UIC's 15 colleges, including teams made up from multiple colleges. The event provides students with an opportunity to pitch their business plans to potential investors and compete for awards exceeding $10,000 cash for their business ideas, plus in-kind services. A distinguished panel of experts including entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, investors and service providers will judge the entries and provide valuable feedback.


Enactus
: Our purpose is to foster growth and stability in our community and our world. We are guided by the power of business and the spirit of philanthropy to address social, economic, and environmental issues to improve the quality of life. Students who join Enactus (formerly SIFE) have an opportunity to use their business school while making a positive social impact. Enactus teams effectively empower people in need by applying business and economic concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve the quality of life and standard of living for their target audience. 

Recently, UIC  students won "Rookie of Year Award" at the regional Rosemount Enactus conference. In the past year, students volunteered as Junior Achievement educators; partnered with TCF Bank to provide a financial literacy workshop for students; and participated in the "Campbell's Let's Can Hunger Challenge" organizing a food drive and hosting a fundraising dinner.

Innovation Incubator is a UIC organization dedicated to building and fostering entrepreneurship and innovation. Its purpose is to promote awareness of the resources available to the community and to help budding entrepreneurs create viable businesses. 

Concept2Venture

Our Concept2Venture Business Plan Competition is a big part of the UIC Business entrepreneurship program. It's a chance to get your ideas in front of venture capitalist, angel investors and serial entrepreneurs. It's also a fun way to get creative and put your hard work to the test. Take a look at what last year's competition was like.
And....

Listen to short, exciting videos of successful Chicago-based entrepreneurs telling their unique stories of how they started and built their businesses at Crain’s Business, Chicago Entrepreneurs in Action