Classroom Structure

Carlson Ventures Enterprise associates start the Ventures program in the B Term of spring semester and continue through the following fall and spring—the entire second year of the MBA program. Students receive ten credit hours for their work in the Ventures Enterprise, with a grade issued after each term.

Most associates spend about twelve hours per week on their enterprise work, primarily on projects. The majority of the grade is based on project work, with additional consideration for collaboration skills, class participation, presentation skills and professionalism.

The coursework is divided into three sections:

  • During our Introduction to Entrepreneurship we teach the foundational best practices, frameworks and mindsets of entrepreneurial thinking and doing.
  • Entrepreneurship in Practice focuses on extending our understanding of and experience with opportunity assessment, business building, and assumption validation.
  • Topics in Entrepreneurship provides insight into subject matter relevant to the real world application of entrepreneurial skill through guest speakers, panels and activities.

Each section of the curriculum is builds upon the previous section and is designed to draw connections to the real-world project work CVE students.