Academic Courses

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (HCEI)

Open to all UCalgary Undergraduate Students

Instructor: Olga Petricevic

Offered:

  • Fall 2019: TuTh -15:30 to 16:45; TuTh - 17:00 to 18:15
  • Winter 2020: TuTh - 11:00 to 12:15; TuTh - 12:30 to 13:45

This is a highly experiential course and the emphasis is placed on learning-by-doing. The course focuses on sharpening students' entrepreneurial mindset; a way of thinking and a way of acting.  It also provides an overview of what an entrepreneurial company looks like, from marketing to HR to operations, from the perspective of an entrepreneur. The course includes case studies of enterprises, an interview with a local entrepreneur, and an opportunity to write a business plan as a team.  Students come up with business ideas, and get feedback from "Team Hunter" mentors who are Calgarians with experience and knowledge about starting businesses and social enterprises. 

For Non-Haskayne students, no ENTI prerequisites.

Instructor: TBD
Offered:

  • Fall 2019: Tu,Th – 11:00 to 12:15
  • Winter 2020: MoWe - 9:30 to 10:45

This course provides hands-on experience with the entrepreneurial process, emphasizing a "lean start-up" approach that eliminates much of the guess-work in entrepreneurship through systematic testing and feedback. The main deliverable for the course revolves around establishing a team to develop a product/service that you sell during the semester and then based upon your experience pitch to a key stakeholder needed to help scale your venture.

For non-Haskayne students, ENTI 201 is a prerequisite course.

Instructor: Kris Hans
Offered: Fall 2019: Tu – 19:00 to 21:45

Opportunities can be identified through four different approaches: creativity techniques, formal analysis, networking, and leveraging resources. By learning the four approaches, you will have the skills to identify opportunities to create great businesses, solve social problems, and generally improve the world we live in. Opportunity identification also includes the ability to screen ideas for quality, through business research and Excel modelling.  Student go in-depth to develop entrepreneurial opportunity skills.

For all UCalgary students, ENTI 317 or ENTI 381 are required prerequisite courses.

Instructor: Alice de Koning
Offered: T 18:30 - 21:15

New Venture Start-Up looks at how businesses are started and growth in the context of a business ecology. The course uses a project to teach students how to work an ecology like an entrepreneur.  We focus on Calgary neighbourhoods to analyze the market, compare businesses, identify resources, meet local entrepreneurs and influencers, and recommend actions to improve the businesses and the environment.  "Working the ecology" is a skill that can be applied to any type of business. The course includes guest speakers, in-class experiences, survey research, creating videos, interviewing entrepreneurs, and creating a business zone improvement plan.

For all UCalgary students, ENTI 317 or ENTI 381 are required prerequisite courses.

Instructor: TBD
Offered: Winter 2020: Mo - 11:00 to 13:45

Entrepreneurship today is just not the way it used to be. Many aspects of starting and running a new venture are now fully or partially automated or in some way technology-assisted. The modern-day entrepreneur needs to know what a chat bot, Slack channel, IFTTT recipe, Trello board, Klout score or growth hack is. Entrepreneurs who fall behind in their ability to leverage the latest technology will find it increasingly difficult to compete. Take this course to learn how leading-edge tools and technologies are changing the nature of entrepreneurship, either to excel at your own venturing efforts, or to consult or educate other entrepreneurs.

For all UCalgary students, ENTI 317 or ENTI 381 are required prerequisite courses.

Instructor: TBD
Offered: Fall 2019: Tu – 19:00 to 21:45

This course provides a non-technical and hands-on introduction to starting a technology-based company using a highly engaging computer program. Instead of relying on the lectures, students will be placed into a very realistic high technology business setting where they will experience the uncertainty, ambiguity, and chaos of giving birth to a new business. The online software will let students build a tech firm, experiment with strategies, and compete with other students in a virtual business world. A large portion of the final grade will depend on the team's performance relative other teams in the class. All the requirements of the course will be done by the end of the week.

For all UCalgary students, ENTI 317 or ENTI 381 are required prerequisite courses.

Instructor: Rosalynn Peschl
Offered: Fall 2019 Block Week: MoTuWeThFr - 8:30 to 17:30

Social Entrepreneurship is a successful business model that focuses on creating positive social and environmental impact with revenue generation, in both for profit and not for profit organizations. This course will concentrate on for-profit and profit-hybrid models, but many of the principles and tools are applicable to any entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial (new social or environmental change initiatives in existing organizations) endeavours with a social mission. The course is focused in 4 specific areas: 1) Tackling "Heropreneurship" and the Oxford University "Map the System" Global Case Competition, 2) Utilizing tools that allow for the design, build & evaluation of social enterprise business models, 3) Measuring & Reporting Impact, and 4) Social Finance (Impact Investing). These areas will be analysed through experiential exercises, guest speakers and numerous practical, hands-on tools.

For all UCalgary students, ENTI 317 or ENTI 381 are required prerequisite courses.

Instructor: Sandra Malach
Offered: Fall 2019: MoWe - 15:30 to 16:45

This is a practical law course aimed at entrepreneurs but students who anticipate having to work with legal issues from a managerial perspective will find it useful.  Lectures will focus on: corporate share structure and incorporation, introductory corporate tax, financing through debt and equity, securities laws, intellectual property law (patents, copyright, trademark) and licensing, reading and drafting of contracts, employment law, negligence (waivers and insurance), and legal research issues.

For all UCalgary students, ENTI 317 or ENTI 381 are required prerequisite courses.

Instructor: Alice de Koning
Offered: Fall 2019 Block Week: MoTuWeThFr – 8:30 to 17:30

This course is focused on understanding the fundamentals of the starting a new venture in a newly created industry, for example the cannabis industry worldwide. The course will provide a state-of-now overview of the industry, including the supply chain from growers to consumers, and all the related support industries and regulation perspectives, including international comparisons.  The course will primarily revolve around developing a business within the sector.   A diverse range of cannabis experts who are actively working in the industry will help students understand what it takes to start a business in one of Canada’s most regulated industries.

For all UCalgary students, ENTI 317 or ENTI 381 are required prerequisite courses.

Open to Haskayne BComm Students

This course has been designed to provide proven methods of entrepreneurial thinking to all Haskayne students. Entrepreneurial thinking has become one of the most important skills all firms seek in new hires, as an entrepreneurial mindset is an asset regardless of career path. Students will learn how to identify a problem, rapidly test their solution, and determine how to structure a disruptive business model to solve the problem. During the course students will be exposed to many events to interact with experts and pitch their ideas to receive feedback.

Required course for Haskayne students, no ENTI prerequisites.

Instructor: Chad Saunders
Offered: Fall 2019: Tu,Th – 14:00 to 15:15

For software ventures to successfully meet customer needs in a sustainable manner requires individuals with business and technical skills to work together.  This course provides an opportunity for you to leverage your business skills, and learn some technical skills, to build a software venture while working with team members with technical skills from the Computer Science course CPSC 405 Software Entrepreneurship. Key resources from the class will include speakers, mentors and support providers who are actively engaged in key aspects of software ventures.

For Haskayne students, no required ENTI prerequisites.

Instructor: TBD
Offered: W20: MoWe – 17:00 to 18:15

The course is designed to familiarize students with the alternative financing sources that can be used by a firm that is early in its life cycle.  The focus of the course will be on Canadian sources of capital; however, the principles and analytical techniques can be generalized to other countries. At the end of the course, the students will be able to develop a financing plan for their own business venture, or be able to render effective advice to firms seeking development capital.

Open to Haskayne MBA Students

This course covers in-depth entrepreneurial thinking concepts, including innovation, design thinking and business modelling, which can help students to acquire the management competencies in creativity and innovation development to transform the toughest business challenges into opportunities. The team project with intensive field-work is embedded in the course.

Instructor: Mohammed Keyhani
Offered: Fall 2019: Th – 8:30 to 11:30

Details coming soon.

Offered: F19: Mo – 17:30 to 20:15

New Venture Law emphasizes the practical aspects of legal planning for new ventures as opposed to legal theory. This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to address corporate/commercial legal issues that commonly confront managers and entrepreneurs. Students will be instructed in the legal issues that impact business decisions and may include:

  • corporate structure,
  • financing,
  • securities,
  • intellectual property law and licensing,
  • review and drafting of contracts,
  • intellectual property,
  • human resources,
  • torts and insurance.

The course is part of the Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies (CDL-Rockies) program and will familiarize students with the development of a business model and the alternative financing sources that can be used by an early-stage firm. The focus of the course will be on Canadian sources of capital; however, the principles and analytical techniques can be generalized to other countries. At the end of the course, the students will be able to conduct a due diligence examination of an early-stage firm, create a business model for this type of firm, and develop a financing plan for their own business venture, or be able to render effective advice to firms seeking development capital.

Known as the 'Hot House', ENTI 785 is a newly redesigned course that engages teams in the development of a new venture (startup). This course is open to students in the MBA program and other graduate programs (Masters and PhD) at the University of Calgary.

Instructor: Rosalynn Peschl
Offered: W20 Block Week: MoTuWeThFr – 8:30 to 17:30

Details coming soon.

Instructor: Seok-Woo Kwon
Offered: F19 Block Week: MoTuWeThFr – 9:00 to 18:00

Unlike other theory or 'book' classes, this course provides a real experience in preparing students to start a technology-based company.  It is NOT about writing a feasibility study or business plan.  Instead, through computer simulation, we will place you into a very realistic high technology business setting where students will experience the uncertainty, ambiguity, and chaos of giving birth to a new business. Students will be working and studying in teams of their own choosing, although there will also be individual tests and assignments.  The simulation software used in the course will let students build a tech firm, experiment with strategies, and compete with other students in a virtual business world.  In addition to helping students develop skills that will be valuable in starting a new business, this course will help students decide if entrepreneurship is right for them.

Instructor: TBD
Offered: W20: Mo – 18:30 to 21:15

The dynamics of innovation and the evolution of technology are investigated as a strategically manageable process within organizations. Topics include: disruptive innovation, technology and innovation strategy, organizing for innovation, creativity and knowledge management, new product development, business model innovation, and open innovation. Ethical & legal issues in technology and innovation management will also be discussed. This course may not be repeated for credit.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Option for non-MBAs

This academic option equips non-business graduate students with the fundamental skills of entrepreneurial thinking that will allow them to become successful, real world innovators. It features two courses that provide graduate students from all faculties with hands-on experience to discover business opportunities, determine their feasibility, and build strong business models to transform their ideas into fully developed ventures.

Learn more about the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Option...

Instructor: Chad Saunders
Offered: Fall 2019 Block Week: MoTuWeThFr – 9:00 to 18:00

This experience-based course covers the prestart-up stage of business development through group projects and case studies designed to provide experience-based skill development in creativity, idea generation, and feasibility analysis.  This section of ENTI 781 has been designed specifically for students with no formal training in business.

Instructor: Chad Saunders
Offered: Fall 2019 Block Week: MoTuWeThFr – 9:00 to 18:00

Known as the 'Hot House', ENTI 785 is a newly redesigned course that engages teams in the development of a new venture (startup). As part of the application process, students are asked to identify a compelling idea, opportunity or problem that they would like to develop in this course (which may or may not be related to work completed in ENTI 781). This course is open to students in the MBA Program and other graduate programs (Masters and PhD) at the University of Calgary.

Prerequisite: ENTI 781 or ENTI 601