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The innovation and entrepreneurship program is a great option for creative thinkers who are self-starters with lots of ideas.
Prepare to lead an entrepreneurial organization by developing an entrepreneurial mindset and structure which recognizes the significance of the innovation process. Explore new venture initiatives, while learning how to transform opportunities into financial, cultural, or social value for others.
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This program is available online and in class at the following location(s):
The U.S. economy relies heavily on the creation of new businesses that result in new jobs and services.
Innovation and entrepreneurship graduates are prepared to use foundational business knowledge to develop and implement ideas. Apply your understanding of finance, the economy, management and marketing to a start-up company. Or, use your skills to help existing businesses remain relevant in an ever-changing market.
Some possible paths include:
The Robert W. Plaster School of Business is an educational member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. As part of the ACBSP’s global network, the school enjoys exclusive access to training, awards programs and more.
Columbia College students benefit from small, personalized classes. Our professors and instructors are leaders in their respective industries and communities.
Columbia College students have the opportunity to present new ideas at the annual Student Pitch Competition, which includes a top prize of $5,000. The top pitches are selected to work with coaches to develop a business plan prior to the competition.
You’ll also benefit from the Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship, which provides resources, mentorships and opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Learn more about the Fishman Center
Built in 2019, New Hall houses the Robert W. Plaster School of Business. The first floor includes six classrooms with the latest educational technology and mobile furniture to allow for flexible seating. The first floor also includes event space, study areas and faculty offices. The top three floors house 150 students in suite-style rooms.
New Hall also has an outdoor terrace extending from the entrance of the building to the border of R. Marvin Owens field.
Our graduates work in a variety of industries.
"I honestly don't think I ever would have started my own business, and certainly wouldn't have been as successful at it, if I didn't have the business degree from Columbia College."
— Penny Peterson ’99, Owner, Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery