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Entrepreneurship

Overview

Entrepreneurs are not just business owners. They are ambitious risk takers who bring their vision to the marketplace. But you need more than vision and great ideas to be a successful entrepreneur. You need the knowledge and skills to bring those ideas to life: how to analyze markets, create a business model, find investors, and manage and grow a business.

In Hofstra's entrepreneurship program, we'll help you cultivate your creative impulses and hone your business acumen.

You'll get mentoring and coaching from your professors, as well as a team of experienced entrepreneurs, investors and corporate executives from our internationally recognized Center for Entrepreneurship.

You'll learn how to sell your ideas to investors at campus pitch competitions, including the annual Hofstra-Digital Remedy Venture Challenge, which awards a total of $75,000 in prizes to help student entrepreneurs launch their start-ups.

And you'll get experience at home and abroad through a variety of service learning programs, including our global entrepreneurship course, which culminates in students traveling to places like South Africa, Silicon Valley and Israel to help entrepreneurs develop practical solutions to business problems.

Entrepreneurship graduates in the New York region earn an average annual salary of $86,286, and job growth for this major is projected to increase about 16 percent by 2026, according to New York area labor market data retrieved in July 2018 by Burning Glass Technologies.

The Zarb School of Business facilities are among the most technologically advanced in the nation, including a new, 52,000-foot building that opened in 2019 and is home to the Center for Entrepreneurship and a business incubator. And being so close to New York City means you'll have access to internships, networking opportunities and potential investors whose business is finding and financing young, cool companies - maybe even yours.

 
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Curriculum

Entrepreneurship majors learn how to think creatively and collaboratively, and develop the skills to launch a new enterprise, including crafting a business model that incorporates financing, marketing, human resources management, and other variables. Our robust entrepreneurship program includes courses in global entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial vision, small business management, law for entrepreneurs, digital marketing, consumer behavior, and social entrepreneurship.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BBA in Entrepreneurship Requirements

Qualified entrepreneurship majors also can combine their degree with an MBA as part of a five-year dual-degree program.

Hofstra also offers a minor in entrepreneurship, providing students from other disciplines the skill sets to run a business in their field.

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Many of Hofstra’s entrepreneurship majors are working at a variety of organizations in the public and private sector, as well as launching their own companies. Others go on to pursue advanced degrees at top graduate schools.

Recent Hofstra entrepreneurship alumni work at Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Merrill Lynch, ADOP, Morgan Stanley and Stein Industries. Those furthering their studies attend Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, University of Notre Dame, Villanova University, Duke University and Sacred Heart University.

100% are employed, grad school or both
95% accept a position within six months
$52K median salary
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Internships

Entrepreneurship majors are encouraged to pursue internships to get hands-on experience in a real-world business settings. Our students have interned as organizations including:

  • Tiffany & Co.
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Capital One Financial
  • Steve Madden
  • Nikon
  • Northwell Health
  • AXA Advisors, Inc.
  • New York Jets

Experience

Research Presention

Entrepreneurship majors have the opportunity to work on start-up ideas with peers and experts from the moment they step on campus.

Our Center for Entrepreneurship operates the ideaHUb, a high-tech incubator inside the Zarb School of Business, that houses a high-tech makerspace and offers a variety of events, bootcamps and pitch competitions throughout the year that lead up to the annual Hofstra-Digital Remedy Venture Challenge. The Venture Challenge is funded by Hofstra graduate and Digital Remedy CEO Mike Seiman, who founded the company while he was still a student himself.

The Center also fields a team of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence who hold regular office hours for students, and a NextGen Alumni Advisory Board comprised of young graduates who are eager to share their experiences as budding entrepreneurs.

We also understand that students often learn best when they get an opportunity to mentor others, so Hofstra offers several entrepreneurship service learning programs. The Capital One Entrepreneurship Challenge brings together Capital One small business experts with Hofstra business students and local high schoolers who are aspiring entrepreneurs. The bankers mentor the Hofstra students , who in turn mentor their high school counterparts.

Students are encouraged to study abroad, where they can expand their perspective, improve foreign language skills and gain business insights both inside and outside the classroom.  Hofstra's International Entrepreneurship Consulting Class provides a combination of classroom instruction on campus with a spring break trip to advise foreign small business owners.

The Zarb School of Business offers more than 40 student organizations encompassing a variety of business interests, including Hofstra Start-Ups, which host speaker forums and panels, and networking opportunities with successful alumni. The school also hosts an Executive Speaker series that brings industry leaders to campus for lectures and informal networking.

Meet Breanna Toney

 
 

An entrepreneurship major, Breanna turned her talent as a baker into a business - Breazy Pops, which produces cake-based push pops - and made it to the finals of the 2018 Hofstra-Digital Remedy Venture Challenge.