Entrepreneurship and Venture Management
What is Entrepreneurship and Venture Management?
Students who dream of starting or owning their own business should put OU’s Entrepreneurship and Venture Management program at the top of their list. Award-winning faculty and students make the program a top-notch option for a major course of study in the Michael F. Price College of Business. Students take classes in starting and managing businesses, new product development, financing, field studies and business planning. Graduates of the program say that it gave them the tools to turn their ideas into realities.
We collaborated with the Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth to form Sooner Launch Pad, a program empowering students, graduates, and members of the Oklahoma community to pursue their entrepreneurial endeavors. The purpose of this program is to help our graduating students find connections for launching their ventures as it provides a fertile environment and sound guidance.
OU’s Tom Love Center for Entrepreneurship is a leading entrepreneurship program- ranked a top 20 program by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine for the past five years. At the Center for Entrepreneurship, students experience entrepreneurship and learn by doing. We focus on creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem that enables entrepreneurship students to learn through experience and launch successful business ventures. Students are immersed in the entrepreneurial process through hands-on innovation programs and all-expense-paid visits to entrepreneurship hubs spanning the globe. Students learn how to build new ventures with the help of practicing entrepreneurs and leading entrepreneurship scholars. We empower students with the resources and opportunities they need to launch a successful business venture.
Launched in 2016 and named in 2017 after benefactor and Oklahoma businessman Tom Love, the Tom Love Innovation Hub’s mission is to increase innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Oklahoma and across the state through a unique operational model that combines openness with opportunities. The state-of-the-art facility features innovative tools for today’s entrepreneurs, including a digital fabrication lab, code and visualization labs, and collaborative spaces, as well as the Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth.
The undergraduate program is composed of five distinct steps. We believe these steps will best prepare you to set forth on your entrepreneurial journey. The five steps are: Integrated Business Core, three course sequence, learning from entrepreneurs, experiential learning, and Governors cup.
So, what's my degree?
An Entrepreneurship and Venture Management student graduates with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Advanced degrees include Master of Business Administration, Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy.
Do my interests fit?
Entrepreneurship and Venture Management students typically have interests in:
- Business strategy
- Technology business development
- New venture creation
- Running a business
- Commercialization of intellectual property
How can OU Entrepreneurship and Venture Management help me?
Our ecosystem combines the best academic resources and experiential programming to activate students as process-oriented thinkers who build revolutionary ideas and companies. Regardless of experience, time capacity or field of study, there is a place for you in the world of entrepreneurship. Join the University of Oklahoma’s entrepreneurial movement that enables students to discover entrepreneurship, develop specialized skills, test emerging business ideas and launch breakthrough ventures to transform our state, nation and world!
Wait, I can have a minor?
Entrepreneurship offers a minor for non-business majors. It is 18 hours of course work. All upper division courses must be completed at OU. Students must progress through the curriculum according to the approved plan of study. No correspondence courses may be taken to fulfill requirements. Courses for the minor may not be taken as Pass/No Pass. A minimum of three terms is required to fulfill minor requirements.
How can I study abroad?
How can I get involved?
- The Sooner Innovation Fund is a self-taught, 10-week proof of concept program that is designed to help OU students test the feasibility and marketability of their ideas, products, and services.
- The Sooner Launch Pad Accelerator Program is a 10-week summer program designed to help OU students launch new business ventures.
- The new OU Entrepreneurship EXPO welcomes student and local startups to showcase their work, wares and services to the broader OU community. The event promotes student entrepreneurship specifically, while displaying the vibrancy of the OU entrepreneurship ecosystem - supporting Sooner Nation’s drive for innovation.
What kind of career can I pursue?
- Start-Up Companies
- Business Development divisions of companies
- Consulting Firms
- Venture Capital & Private Equity
- Small & Family Business
What have our OU graduates done with this degree?
- Small business owner
- Partner in startup firm
- VP of Business Development
- VP of Product Development
- Business Owner
How much will I make?
Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree.
The Michael F. Price College of Business has been accredited since 1926 by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Price College is ranked in the top 12 percent of AACSB International’s accredited undergraduate programs by U.S. News and World Report.