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Entrepreneurship Program

Many business classes at SPU include an emphasis on entrepreneurship ― the equipping of each learner to find their own successful business niche. Whether it’s focused on a new product, business, or service, this unique approach explores ways of developing entrepreneurial skills while engaging the culture and changing the world.

Classroom Foundations

In BUS 4631/32 “Business Planning I and II” you’ll learn the foundational business skill of creating a business plan. You’ll also learn how to evaluate existing plans. You learn by doing, with our one-on-one help, as you:

  • Meet with established entrepreneurs and managers.
  • Hone your business presentation skills.
  • Develop a working plan to show to potential employers.

You may also work with a team, or enter your work in business-plan competitions around the country – even here at Seattle Pacific's Social Venture Plan Competition. We’ll show you how.

SPU’s Social Venture Plan Competition

Each year, the Center for Applied Learning sponsors the Social Venture Plan Competition, which encourages SPU students to develop projects that can help make a positive difference in the world. More than $5,000 in prize money is awarded. Check out the Social Venture Plan Competition site.

Entrepreneurship Emphasis and Minor

The School of Business, Government, and Economics at SPU offers an Entrepreneurship minor for undergraduate students who major in subjects other than business. This emphasis is designed to give you a better grasp of how small business principles can help change the way you approach your professional calling.

Learn more

Herbert Kierulff

Donald Snellman Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance

Email: hkierulf@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-3523
Office: McKenna Hall 215

Tesfa Netela

Scarves of Hope

For three SPU students, the Social Venture Plan Competition inspired a plan for empowering Ethiopian women who had suffered terrible childbirth injuries. The goal was to give them the business skills to care for themselves.

Develop Your Plan

BUS 3682 is a nontechnical, workshop-style course designed to help you develop an outstanding social venture plan and compete in the SVPC. Each session concentrates on a specific element of the SVPC planning template.

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