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Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology Management (EIT)

Students develop an entrepreneurial mindset and related organizational skills to identify problems that can be converted into opportunities, attract and deploy resources in pursuit of those opportunities, and lead through innovation in both new and established companies.

This option prepares students to take an entrepreneurial approach to build and enhance organizations, from large firms to new startups. It is also suitable for students who intend to run their own businesses.

Career Opportunities

  • New Business Development Specialist
  • Business Designer
  • Innovation Analyst
  • Lean Start-Up Coach

Targeted Skill-sets

The option targets the development of the following entrepreneurial characteristics among students:

  • Comfort with ambiguity
  • Visionary tendencies.
  • Risk-taking
  • Tenacity
  • Action-oriented
  • Collaborative
  • High energy
  • Grit

The EIT curriculum collaborates closely with the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs who provide extraordinary experiential learning opportunities and collaboration across all of the colleges within the University. The Apex Center for Entrepreneurs in the Pamplin College of Business has two management faculty members to lead its teaching and research programs. Assistant professor Rick Hunt serves as the research director; assistant professor David Townsend, academic director.