2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 12, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor Overview

Clark University’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor, housed in the School of Management, is designed to support and complement your quest, passion, business idea, field of study, or whatever motivates you, to change your world for the betterment of self and others.

Entrepreneurship and innovation is the development of a product, service, or social cause that is new, or a bit different, while creating an income for self. At Clark University, we believe innovation is not innovation until it is implemented. Therefore, our minor is designed to guide you through the process of identification, ideation, and implementation of your entrepreneurial endeavor, whether it is starting a business, creating a community outreach program, or addressing a global cause.

A student graduating with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation will have completed a custom designed road map of classes that enhance their entrepreneurial skills and leadership abilities to be an agent of change and an owner of a venture.  Whatever your interest, a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Clark University can help propel you into a world-changing way of life.

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor is complimented with several auxiliary organizations and clubs, which enhance learning, and venture growth. Check out our student run website: https://www.clarkstudentventures.com/


For additional information, please contact the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor Manager Teresa Quinn at (508) 421-3730 or email tquinn@clarku.edu.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor Mission Statement

The mission of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor is to discover, cultivate, and propel innovative and entrepreneurial endeavors of Clark students, regardless of major or field of study. Whether the student is intrinsically motivated to solve social issues or to become financially profitable through business ownership, the Clark University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Minor supports and guides entrepreneurial progression of the individual, for the betterment of the collective.


Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor Requirements

The Clark University Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor requires completion of two Entrepreneurial Foundations courses, three units in Exploring (electives) Entrepreneurship, and one unit in Experiencing Entrepreneurship, for a total of six units. Learning objectives are innovative, relevant and cutting-edge, and are designed to develop applicable skills that can launch meaningful and sustainable ventures.

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor is designed as a road map to assist students with progression to start, run, and sustain a business, social cause, or venture. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship minor pairs well with all Clark University majors to assist students in pursuing their entrepreneurial goals in relation to their field of study.

Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in their minor courses. It is recommended that students declare a minor by the end of their sophomore year.


Entrepreneurial Foundations (Complete 2 Units)

Entrepreneurial Foundations courses for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor are designed to develop a general understanding and practice of entrepreneurial ventures. Students will develop skills in business and venture idea generation, ideation, and implementation. Additionally, students interact and gain knowledge from multiple resources on campus, as well as the surrounding community, to understand how business-ownership and entrepreneurship supports positive change. Students pursuing an entrepreneurship and innovation minor must take both Entrepreneurial Foundations courses to complete the minor. 

It is recommended that students take these courses during their first year and/or sophomore year to prepare for the Exploration and Experiential courses. ENT115 Entrepreneurship: Art of the New is the prerequisite course for most Exploring Entrepreneurship elective courses.

Exploring (Electives) Entrepreneurship (Complete 3 units)

Courses in Exploring Entrepreneurship are designed to offer a variety of different topics for students to explore and continue development of their entrepreneurial and innovative venture. Course selections in this area should be made in consultation with the student’s minor advisor and/or the E&I Minor Manager to ensure the progression of their particular entrepreneurial journey.  A combination of one unit and half-unit courses from the Exploring Entrepreneurship list can be used. The courses in this section are offered on a rotating basis to promote flexibility in course selection options.

Management Courses

The following courses offered through the School of Management can be applied as an elective credit for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor.

Experiencing Entrepreneurship (Complete 1 unit)

The final requirement of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor is intentionally focused and designed for students to practice and experience entrepreneurship.  The courses in Experiencing Entrepreneurship challenge students to prepare their venture for sustainability after graduation. Your choice of Experiencing Entrepreneurship will reflect your area of interest - business, community, or global entrepreneurship. Courses should be selected in consultation with your minor advisor and/or the E&I Minor Manager.  

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Directed Study

Directed studies are meant to provide credit-bearing independent study opportunities for students interested in pursuing an intensive topic within entrepreneurship with a specific Entrepreneurship and innovation instructor. To take ENT 299, students must receive prior approval from the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor Manager, Teresa Quinn tquinn@clarku.edu,  prior to the start of the semester when a student intends to enroll.

Program Supported Opportunities

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor at Clark University supports several opportunities to promote and enhance the student entrepreneurial experience.


Clark Collective

  • The Clark Collective, is a retail storefront, as well as a moblie pop-up venue, open to Clark entrepreneurs and student-owned businesses to showcase and sell their products and services to Clark and surrounding communities. Participating in the Clark Collective provides Clark entrepreneurial students the opportunity to experience firsthand owning and operating a store.

Ureka Challenge

  • This contest provides seed money to Clark student-owned businesses to help them grow and flourish. The seed money belongs to the student business owner and can be used any way they see fit to grow their business. At the end of the contest, students present the outcome of the seed money investment to a panel of Clark alumni entrepreneurs for the opportunity to be awarded additional funds.

TIE - Center for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • TIE is a club that works with several campus staff, faculty, and students to operate a co-working space on campus to foster and promote innovation. TIE also supports students in Hack-a-thons and other innovation and entrepreneurial contests throughout the New England area.

Entrepreneurship Club

  • This club aims to provide the resources for motivated, creative, and talented students to collaborate in fostering entrepreneurial activity on campus through including entrepreneur speakers and business competitions. The Entrepreneurship Club holds a charter with the national Colleigate Entrepreneurship Organization which supports college entrepreneurship clubs across North America. CEO hosts regional and national conferences for college students to engage with successful entrepreneurs. CEO conferences host nationally reconized speakers and pitch competitions. https://www.c-e-o.org/.

International Entrepreneurship

  • The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor supports understanding entrepreneurship in global economies. Courses within the minor give opportunity to travel nationally and internationally to work closely with social entrepreneurs throughout the world.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Faculty

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor’s full and part-time faculty bring a wide range of entrepreneurial experience. Many professors have worked internationally with entrepreneurs to implement social change; many are authors and businessowners. All of our professors are experts in the field of entrepreneurship.

Full-time Entrepreneurship and Innovation Faculty and Staff


John Dobson, D.B.A.

Priscilla Elsass, Ph.D.


Teresa Quinn, M.Ed., Program Manager



Part-Time Faculty

David Jordan, MPA, DHA

Ulysses Youngblood, MBA

Art Martin, MEd

Anthony Aiello, MBA

Will O’Brian, JD, MBA

Teresa Quinn, MEd, Program Manager