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What can you do with an MBA and a concentration in entrepreneurship? The sky’s the limit.

At Booth, you’ll join an unparalleled entrepreneurial community of students, alumni, and faculty who are passionate about turning ideas into impact. You’ll network with venture capitalists and explore the risks and rewards of building a startup, including through a number of business accelerator programs offered through the University of Chicago Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. You’ll also have access to the Polsky Exchange, a 34,000 square foot startup incubator.

And you’ll gain real-world experience in creating new ventures, competing for funding—and maybe even changing the world.

At Booth, You Own Your MBA Experience

A Booth MBA is rooted in The Chicago Approach, the educational philosophy that sets Booth apart from every other business school in the world. Grounded in the fundamental scientific disciplines at the heart of business—economics, accounting, psychology, sociology, and statistics—this transformative approach teaches all Booth students how to use theoretical frameworks to help them define problems, ask better questions, and develop evidence-based solutions.

At the same time, the MBA curriculum for Full-Time and Part-Time MBA students is the most flexible among the world’s top business schools. At Booth, the level and sequence in which you take your foundational courses is not set in stone. We give you the opportunity to customize your education to support your career interests and goals, because we know there is no singular roadmap to career success. As our students and alumni will tell you, everyone’s journey to the career they want is different. 

Customize your MBA experience with courses that immerse you in a startup culture and teach you the tools you need to take your venture from idea to impact. Here are just a few of the many entrepreneurship-focused courses available at Booth.

Course Short Description
Lab to Launch Lab-based innovations have contributed the most important advances to humanity, from energy that power our lives to medicine that cures disease. But limited effort is placed on commercializing these discoveries. In this class, you’ll work in teams to build a new business, using a lab technology that is sourced from a leading research lab.
Women As CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Investors, Executives & Directors

The goal of the course is to provide candid insight and purview into the personal and professional lives of leading women entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and private equity executives, what has helped catapult or has hampered their ability to lead organizations worldwide.
Building the New Venture

Through class lectures, “game” assignments, and real-world cases, you will learn how to raise initial seed funding, establish initial brand values and positioning, leverage a strong niche position, determine appropriate sourcing and sales channels, and develop execution plans in sales, marketing, product development, and operations.
New Social Ventures

In this course, groups of students will develop an idea for an innovative, startup social organization. They will conduct research to create a detailed plan for its creation and growth and pitch the plan to faculty, social entrepreneurs, domain experts, foundation officers, and philanthropists

To see more Booth MBA courses, visit our course catalog.

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MBA Concentrations at Booth You Can Consider

Our flexible curriculum gives you the freedom to focus your MBA experience on a specific area of interest. Earning an MBA concentration gives you deep knowledge in a given field and sets you up for success in your career. Concentrations are available to Full-Time, Evening, and Weekend MBA students.

Entrepreneurship is the most popular concentration at Booth. Several of our concentrations are of particular interest to students planning to pursue entrepreneurship careers with an MBA.

MBA Student Groups in Entrepreneurship

Participating in student-led groups is a great way to meet fellow entrepreneurs, explore new ventures, and make connections across our vibrant startup community.

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Discover Alumni Outcomes

Our alumni are launching new ventures all over the world in fields ranging from cryptocurrency to research to winemaking.

Booth Research Centers in This Area

Our interdisciplinary research centers give you access to workshops, conferences, leading scholars, and research opportunities.

Faculty Research in Entrepreneurship

Our faculty are award-winning scholars whose work is regularly covered in Chicago Booth Review, our influential magazine focusing on business, policy, and markets.

Leverage Resources Across the University

Booth MBA students who are interested in a career in entrepreneurship have access to the New Venture Challenge. Launched in 1996, the New Venture Challenge is recognized as one of the top-ranked accelerator programs in the nation. Companies that have been successfully launched through the NVC include Grubhub, Braintree/Venmo, and Simple Mills, among many others.

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