The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur educates Culver students for leadership and responsible citizenship by challenging them to develop a deeper understanding of entrepreneurism through rigorous curricula and experiential learning.
The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur defines entrepreneurism as one’s ability to identify meaningful opportunities within social, environmental, and economic pursuits and to be responsible for creating sustainable solutions within those pursuits. Individuals leverage personal passions, acquire deep understanding, engage in reflective practices, and pursue collaborative efforts while assessing potential outcomes and risks associated with both predicted and unknown markets.
Entrepreneurial Studies Honors Seminar – ES800 – 2 TermsThis two-term solid seminar course combines academic research and economic, social, or environmental innovation. Most students will follow one of two tracks. Students must take Foundations in Innovation, Applications of Innovation, and The Corporate Challenge before taking the honors seminar.
Students (or partner teams) who take this track are required to arrive with a venture, service, or product in mind to launch in an economic, social, or environmental market. They will conduct comprehensive research of the related contexts to their idea in anticipation of creating a viable product, venture, or service. The first Term of this track will culminate with students pitching their business model to relevant stakeholders. The second Term of this track will require students to reflect on the feedback and either launch or gain traction towards launch in the targeted market.
Students who select this track are focused on business modeling (past or present). In line with entrepreneurism, this analysis will present an exposition of the relevant attributes of the business (e.g. finance, management, marketing, human resources, operations) that led to both successes and failures. This analysis should also capture the business philosophy used by the leader(s) of the company. Term 1 will end with students presenting, through their chosen medium, the analysis of the business. Term 2 will provide students the time and space to incubate an idea with the outcome of a viable product or solution at the end of the second term of work.