Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation
Nationally Recognized Program
- Ranked 17th best graduate program in entrepreneurship (U.S. News & World Report, 2022 rankings)
- Top 25 Entrepreneurship program (Fortune Small Business)
Why Study Entrepreneurship?
Successful entrepreneurs recognize a "good opportunity," because a good idea is rarely the same thing as a good investment. Baylor MBA students learn how to:
- Gain access to the resources needed
- Launch their venture
- Grow their business
- Exit their business
Learn by Doing
Whether you review business plans for a venture capital company, participate in a business plan competition or get involved in Baylor's business research program, you will have multiple ways to apply your entrepreneurial skills.
Venture Capital Associates
As part of the Venture Capital Practicum class (ENT 5331), MBA students travel weekly to G-51 Capital Management, LLC. in Austin. At G-51, students scour new investment plans in order to evaluate the legitimacy of the opportunities to clarify issues ranging from market size to the protection of intellectual property.
Monthly, students participate in a "deal review" that entails each student pitching the various plans under his purview and giving his recommendations to the G-51 managers. Students are exposed to various types of business plans, ranging from software to manufacturing.
New Venture Business Plan Competition
Started by a $2 million gift given anonymously to the Hankamer School of Business, the New Venture Business Plan Competition provides a chance for students from all over the nation to develop their business ideas.
The inaugural competition was held in spring 2012 and continues to be held each spring. Winning teams receive prize money to assist them in the continued development of their business ventures, as well as advice from distinguished financial investors about how to enhance and realize their ideas.
Innovative Business Accelerator (IBA)
A broad-based spectrum of business, science and technical services designed to lend value to both new start-ups and existing businesses. The first stage in the IBA - the Business Research Program - will link companies and Baylor business researchers in order to develop applicable industry business research goals.
Companies that join the IBA Business Research Program make a three-year commitment to support a faculty member's research in exchange for access to the results of the research.
The Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) will house many of the planned IBA programs.
Baylor Angel Network
The Baylor Angel Network is an investor network providing early-stage capital to entrepreneurs with developed business plans, complete products, and early revenue.
Areas of Study
New Venture Creation
Learn how to transform an idea into a successful innovation with high growth potential.
Innovation is not reserved for start-up companies. Existing companies depend on creating value with new inventions. Focus on how technology works, how it is managed, and how to keep innovation in a corporation on track.