Start your own business before you graduate

You’ve chosen your major because it feeds your passion. Now, how to make that pay off? Turn it into a money-making venture! We are here to help! UNI’s entrepreneurship program will prepare you academically for the challenges associated with owning and running your business, one that is aligned with YOUR passions! Even better, working with our entrepreneurship team you can get your business started while you also pursue your education. We will make sure you have a solid business plan, help you hone your business pitch, and make sure you protect your financial interests and intellectual property. We will help you succeed. 

Be the innovator inside a business

Businesses today need entrepreneurs. You may not want to be your own boss right after graduation, but your entrepreneurship skills will help you innovate in any career you might choose. Continued business and organizational success requires continued innovation. You can be prepared to contribute to that innovation!

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Dedicated staff to help you launch your business 

Our dedicated entrepreneurship team will assist with business plans and startup processes. 

Scholarships for your business

Scholarships to work on your business

Students can earn a $1,000 scholarship to work on their business by joining the early founder's program. 

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Careers enhanced with entrepreneurship skills

There is no better way to apply the skills you are gaining from the major of your choice by developing your entrepreneurship skills. You really learn what makes any organization move forward successfully. And, that organization, that business that reveals your professional passion, can be yours. Beyond being your own boss, there are HUNDREDS of careers that benefit from entrepreneurship skills. Here are just a few to get you thinking!

  • Museum Curator
  • Freelance Artist or Musician
  • Freelance Writer, Copywriter or Editor
  • Freelance Graphic Designer
  • Freelance Web Designer
  • Voiceover Artist
  • Catering Manager
  • Social Media Manager
  • Personal Wellness Consultant
  • Management Consultant 
  • Real Estate Developer
  • Loan Officer
  • Events Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Certified Public Accountant

Entrepreneurship Certificate Courses

Here are the courses available to build your business fundamentals and help you develop your entrepreneurship and innovation skills.

  • Entrepreneurial Fundamentals
  • Economics
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Strategy