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Each GC scholar must participate in a curricular or meta-curricular component on the process of translating invention and innovation into market ventures.–NAE

UMBC’s Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship (ABCE) is an example of UMBC’s culture for creating strong cross-campus programs. Rather than housing the entrepreneurship program within a business school or economics department, UMBC’s program is a freestanding center that includes affiliated faculty from across campus. The ABCE works closely with multiple departments and industry partners to provide opportunities for students and faculty to develop entrepreneurship skills and apply them to pursue new ventures. The ABCE’s Director, Ms. Vivian Armor, is on the GCSP Advisory Board.

Since being awarded a Kauffman grant in 2007 to infuse entrepreneurship across disciplines, UMBC has revised or developed over 70 courses with entrepreneurial skills and principles. A new Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation was approved in Fall 2011 and currently has over 120 students enrolled from 29 different majors. Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows representing all three Colleges, along with the Director of the ABCE, serve as the governing body overseeing the Minor.

Additionally, the ABCE offers a wide range of initiatives for students including an Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, CEO Chats, targeted workshops, internships in early stage companies and/or community ventures addressing social issues, mentoring opportunities, and competitions where students can test out their ideas and win seed funding to launch their businesses.

Learning Objectives

The Entrepreneurship learning objectives are drawn from our assessments of existing entrepreneurship coursework and activities at UMBC. In addition to these four core learning objectives, students will select a single personalized learning objective.

  • Develop strategies for recognizing opportunities and identifying the tools for quality risk assessment.
  • Exhibit skills for communicating ideas in a concise and logical way.
  • Work effectively in teams focused on entrepreneurship-related projects.
  • Apply entrepreneurial thinking to social issues and social problems.

For details about gold/silver/bronze experiences, visit the Learning Experiences page.