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Entrepreneurship Major

Turn your big ideas into bigger realities with an Entrepreneurship major at Columbia College

Entrepreneurship at Columbia College is a major for the big dreamers and even bigger risk-takers. Students studying Entrepreneurship learn core business fundamentals while cultivating their own visionary business ideas from conception to fruition.

The entrepreneurship major requires a broad range of business courses, preparing students to apply practical business skills to bring their own business ideas to life. Students will recognize the significance of the innovation process, the risks of new ventures and how to market, manage and finance their own start-up business.

Studying Entrepreneurship can lead to careers as a startup business owner, CEO, business consultant, sales manager, fundraiser, company manager and beyond.

Steven and Barbara Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship

With advantages like access to professional mentors, internship opportunities with working business professionals and networking with potential investors, the Steven and Barbara Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship is an influential resource for business students. Thanks to continued support from alumnus and former Big Lots, Inc. CEO Steve Fishman, entrepreneur students have the freedom to explore and refine their entrepreneurial talents within a safe, educational environment.

Students are highly encouraged to network and seek out an internship to learn from working business professionals. For assistance with finding internship opportunities, students should speak with their mentors or visit the Grossnickle Career Services Center.

'Trep Takeover

Short for entrepreneur, the ‘Trep Takeover is one of Columbia College’s premiere events, particularly for business students. Well-respected, successful entrepreneurs visit campus each year to share their experiences and words of wisdom for any aspiring entrepreneurs within the surrounding community. Through this annual event, students will have access to some of the greatest business minds around to aid in their personal business ventures.

Fishman Entrepreneur of the Year pitch competition

With a $5,000 prize at stake, the Fishman Entrepreneur of Year pitch competition recognizes outstanding business students with promising entrepreneurial spirit. During the event, students pitch their innovative business ideas before a panel of judges. One winner is selected each year to receive $5,000 in startup capital and a seat on the Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Board.

Learn more about previous winners and competitions:

2012 Entrepreneurs of the Year: Brynne and Bailye Stansberry

2013 Entrepreneur of the Year: Angela Houston

2014 Entrepreneur of the Year: Meg Goddard


Disclaimer: Degree requirements and the availability of business majors varies by nationwide campus.