Entrepreneurial Studies


The state of Colorado and the CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business are widely recognized for their unique entrepreneurial climate. The Leeds School's Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center for Entrepreneurship’s undergraduate program is consistently ranked among the top 20 nationally by U.S. News & World Report providing students an ideal environment in which to study the field.

The entrepreneurship and small business management area of application reflects that nearly all new job creation in the United States is produced by new ventures and small-to medium-sized emerging growth businesses. This application area provides the knowledge, understanding, and skills to create, organize, and manage new ventures or small- to medium-sized and emerging growth businesses as independent entities, or within corporate structures.

Students examine theory and research, but the fundamental thrust of this application area is to experience entrepreneurial cultures through professional experiences such as meeting entrepreneurs in the classroom, internships, writing feasibility and business plans, and developing other practical skills.

Career Opportunities

Some entrepreneurship graduates immediately begin work on their own businesses, while others work in existing entrepreneurial enterprises. Graduates also gain experience in larger businesses, learn an industry and its markets, and later find a niche to create a start-up business.

Entrepreneurship students learn the qualities to be “selfstarters,” disciplined workers, and capable team players who know how to find and use business information.

Entrepreneurship students graduate with a comprehensive understanding of the elements of a business through their business plan preparation experience. These graduates are attractive job candidates in all areas of business and are capable of creating new ventures either as start-up businesses or within existing corporate structures.


This certificate is awarded to Leeds students only, and it will appear on your transcript.

Full Information Sheet

Declaration of Intent

Please email your completed Declaration of Intent to patty.graff@colorado.edu or drop off at the Deming Center.

Declaration of Intent

Certificate Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the three ESBM courses
  • Complete an approved minimum 60 hour internship (you must complete ESBM 3700 prior to your internship)
  • Be active in Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization at Leeds for at least 1 year OR attend at least 5 CEO Club events.
  • Be involved in the entrepreneurial eco-system by attending community networking events, local business Meet-Ups, the CU New Venture Challenge, Entrepreneurs Unplugged, and CEO events to understand what entrepreneurship is all about.

During the final semester prior to graduation you will:

  • Complete a 4-6 page report about your internship, CEO Club activities, and entrepreneurial community involvement.
  • Complete a written exam
  • Sit for an oral exam with a panel of selected entrepreneurship faculty


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