Entrepreneurial & Family Business Studies

  • Would you like to start your own business or learn how to grow an existing business? Do you plan to advise or work with entrepreneurial businesses?

    Entrepreneurship involves pursuing opportunities in a way that both builds and captures value. The Schulich entrepreneurial studies program is focused on learning how to identify, develop and assess value creating opportunities, and how to build and grow ventures to pursue them. Courses are designed to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence of those who want to be entrepreneurs, intrapraneurs (those who pursue new opportunities within existing organizations) or the managers, consultants, bankers, financiers, lawyers and others who work with them.

  • Dr. Moren Lévesque and Chris Carder, Entrepreneur in Residence; Specialization Co-DirectorsDr. Moren Lévesque and Chris Carder, Entrepreneur in Residence; Specialization Co-Directors
    Dr. Moren Lévesque and Chris Carder, Entrepreneur in Residence; Specialization Co-Directors

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Study Options

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Courses

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Requirements

To specialize in Entrepreneurial & Family Business Studies, enrol in four of the Elective Courses listed below, for a total of 12.00 credits of Elective Courses.

Elective Courses

  • FIELD STUDY: INNOVATING WITH ENTREPRENEURS, UNLOCKING NEW VENTURE POTENTIAL
  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP & TECHNOLOGY VENTURES
  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND NEW VENTURE CREATION
  • FINANCING GROWING VENTURES
  • SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  • MANAGING THE FAMILY ENTERPRISE
  • PERSONAL FINANCE
  • FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
  • INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
  • CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT
  • MARKETING RESEARCH
  • DEVELOPING MANAGEMENT SKILLS

Faculty

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Entrepreneurial Studies faculty members have a wealth of experience in the entrepreneurial sector as consultants, advisors, board members, venture capitalists, financing and marketing experts, economic development officers and most importantly, as entrepreneurs. They have published books, numerous articles and technical monographs and are sought after frequently by the media to comment on economic or business issues. Current research involves corporate governance in small to medium-sized enterprises, succession in family business, franchising, financing growing firms and doing business in the emerging economies of Eastern and Central Europe and the CIS.

Career Opportunities

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  • Schulich graduates specializing in entrepreneurial studies have started their own businesses or followed alternate career paths leading to: owner and/or manager of a small or medium-sized enterprise; heir to a family firm; professional manager in a family business; manager in a larger organization doing business with smaller entrepreneurial firms (e.g. a chartered bank or manufacturer using subcontractors, economic development agencies etc.).

  • Vasiliki Belegrinis (BBA '18)

    “The Schulich Entrepreneurship Specialization is entrepreneurial to its core and breaks boundaries on how entrepreneurship is taught and experienced. ”

    Vasiliki Belegrinis (BBA '18)CEO & Founder
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  • The Schulich Career Development Centre

    Your career is top priority at Schulich. To make career decisions that are right for you, the CDC will help you identify strengths, determine career objectives, develop career plans, hone skills for career management and put your professional development plan into action.

    - Our highly experienced CDC Advisors bring a unique combination of first-hand knowledge, experience and diverse perspectives in a wide variety of businesses and industry sectors.

    - Take advantage of a series of proven career-building modules, including up-to-date Job Search Techniques, Self-Assessment, Resume and Cover Letter Writing, and Interview Skills to help you stand out from the competition.

    - Corporate Information Sessions offer you an opportunity to meet top level recruiters, alumni and executives.

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Student Clubs

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Schulich Entrepreneurship Society

The Schulich Entrepreneurship Society strives to create lasting relationships with like-minded individuals who share a passion for entrepreneurship. By providing budding student entrepreneurs (BBA and iBBA) with key resources, the club hopes to strengthen the Schulich community by guiding students to innovative career paths. In collaboration with Schulich Startups and The Schulich Ventures Club (MBA), the club is committed to supporting and encouraging its members to better bridge the gap between in-class knowledge and the challenges of the business world by hosting innovative workshops, challenging competitions, and providing mentorship opportunities to its members.

Schulich Startups Program

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Schulich Startups is a community of startup founders, aspiring & established entrepreneurs, staff, and students. We are headquartered at the Schulich School of Business and directed by Schulich’s Entrepreneur in Residence & Co-Director of Entrepreneurial Studies – Chris Carder. Do you know a Schulich entrepreneur we should connect with? Email Chris at ccarder@schulich.yorku.ca

Concierge Services include: mentorship matching, client/pilot sourcing, assisting with financing and support with product design, business modelling and pitch strategy.

Events include: Schulich Startup Night, Dream Team, The Schulich Idea Jam and our Schulich Startups Signature VIP Events featuring exclusive sessions and coaching with top Alumni and Startup Community Leaders.