The Minor in Entrepreneurship is available to students in Arts, Science, Applied Health Sciences, Environment, and Math. Check out the answers to these frequently asked questions about the minor!
I am interested in pursuing the minor in entrepreneurship. What’s my first step?
The minor is very flexible to individual schedules, so there is no one-size-fits-all path.
For most students, the first step will be to enroll in BET 100 and then follow with BET 320. These courses will help you decide whether you would like to pursue the venture creation track or the corporate entrepreneurship track. After deciding on a track, you can enroll in the next courses you will take towards the minor.
Alternatively, if you have a venture idea you want to pursue now, you can apply for BET 300, and start there.
If you are unsure of what step you should take, feel free to discuss your options with the minor coordinator, Marc Hurwitz.
When and how do I declare the minor in entrepreneurship so it is recognized on my degree?
Contact your academic advisor to formally declare the minor in entrepreneurship.
We recommend that you declare the minor when you enter either BET 300 (for the venture creation track) or BET 411 (for the corporate entrepreneurship track). At this time, you will submit a proposal for your track, which will detail the entrepreneurial component you plan to pursue as well as your electives, to the minor coordinator, Marc Hurwitz.
I don’t have an idea yet. Can I still start the minor in entrepreneurship?
Yes. BET 100 and BET 320 are designed specifically to help you identify opportunities and evaluate ideas. These courses will help you develop and refine your ideas for either the venture creation track or the corporate entrepreneurship track.
You will need to have a well-developed idea when you apply to either BET 300 (for the venture creation track) or BET 411 (for the corporate entrepreneurship track).
Can I double-count minor electives with the core courses for my major?
Yes. Your major courses can be double-counted as minor electives, as long as they are relevant to the entrepreneurial experience you pursue (subject to the approval of the minor coordinator Marc Hurwitz).
What’s the best order to proceed through the minor?
The minor is designed to be flexible to both your academic schedule and your entrepreneurial interests. As a result, there is no ‘best’ or ‘typical’ order. Generally, you will begin with BET 100, proceed to BET 320, and then decide on an entrepreneurial track.
The order in which you pursue courses thereafter depends on you. The minor coordinator, Marc Hurwitz, is available to discuss your particular path through the minor.
I am not a co-op student. Can I still do the minor?
In the corporate entrepreneurship track, you will pursue an entrepreneurial experience through your major end-of-program project (capstone, honours thesis, or equivalent).
In the venture creation track, you will build a venture during a term that meets the same requirements as an Enterprise Co-op term. You will complete Ignition week activities, progress reports, and pitches as if you were in E Co-op. At the conclusion of your term, rather than receiving a co-op credit, you will receive an entrepreneurial experience milestone.
My degree does not have a capstone or major end-of-term course component. Can I still pursue the corporate entrepreneurship track?
BET 412 acts as a stand-in for a major end-of-term course, for those who do not have it. In this course, you will devise your own end-of-term project, in collaboration with the minor coordinator and ideally a faculty member from your home faculty. This will form the experiential component of your minor.
Your BET412 project must be approved by the minor coordinator, Marc Hurwitz.
I do not know which track to take! When do I have to decide?
BET 100, BET 320, and BET 420 will help you get a better idea of which track is right for you.
You must decide at the time that you apply for the track-specific courses and experiential component (BET 300 in the case of the venture creation track; BET 411 in the case of the corporate entrepreneurship track).
I have already completed some of the courses/requirements for the minor. Can they count retroactively towards the minor?
Yes, in most cases they can. Speak to the minor coordinator Marc Hurwitz to confirm.
Are there prerequisites for these courses?
BET 400 has a prerequisite of either BET 320 or BET 420.
BET 310 is designed to be taken concurrently with an Enterprise Co-op term. You will register for the course in the term following your Enterprise Co-op term.
Several courses require instructor approval prior to registration.
What grades do I need to complete the minor?
To be successfully awarded the minor in entrepreneurship, students must complete all courses and approved electives with an overall average of 65% and no course less than 60%. Experiential components are graded on a credit/non-credit basis.
Where are the courses held?
The courses are generally held on main campus. Occasionally, classes may be held at the Conrad Centre in the Research and Technology Park (North campus), or at the Conrad space in the Communitech Hub.
What is the difference between the Arts/Science/Environment and Business programs and the minor in entrepreneurship?
The minor in entrepreneurship and the X and Business programs are not mutually exclusive. X and Business programs include specific classes on functional domains of business (i.e. marketing). The courses in the minor in entrepreneurship are taught from a more holistic perspective, and lessons-learned are applied right away to the business challenges you are currently facing.
What is the relationship between the minor in entrepreneurship and the Velocity and GreenHouse programs?
The minor is complementary to Velocity, GreenHouse, and other entrepreneurship support programs on campus. Students can be involved in these programs at the same time that they pursue the minor in entrepreneurship. Students to be involved in all programs.
Further questions can be directed to Lindsay Kroes at the Conrad Centre.