New E&I Minor Offers Opportunity

Posted: August 22, 2013

Food and Bio-Innovation is one of five areas of emphasis in a newly created Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI) — a 'great mechanism to bring students' ideas to life'

When the fall semester begins Monday, students of all academic majors will have a new opportunity to explore their entrepreneurial side by pursuing a newly created Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI).

Food and Bio-Innovation at the College of Agricultural Sciences is one of five areas of emphasis—or clusters—available for students to pursue after taking three core courses worth a total of nine credits: Entrepreneurial Mindset, Entrepreneurial Leadership and New Venture Creation.

“This new minor is a great mechanism to bring students’ ideas to life,” says Mark Gagnon, Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar & Entrepreneurship Coordinator. Gagnon also teaches a section of Entrepreneurial Mindset (MGMT215), the introductory course for the minor. 

“The minor is student-centric and an excellent opportunity for students to take their interests in agriculture, food and natural resources and start new businesses,” says Gagnon. 

Enrolling in the minor builds credentials, qualifications and skills that not only will help students succeed with their own ventures, but also are sought after by employers, says Gagnon. “Today’s employers are looking for students with entrepreneurial skills and experiences so that they can lead projects and new initiatives and grow existing companies.”