Careers in Entrepreneurship
Employment outlook and opportunities
Entrepreneurship is an option for students interested in creating new ventures or affecting disruptive change in existing companies.
Entrepreneurial activity drives innovation, productivity and economic growth, but an unpredictable business climate and unproven products can result in significant challenges. Recent years have seen increasing numbers of Canadians choosing to become entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship graduates have a variety of opportunities available to them. You could
- Work as an independent entrepreneur and start a new venture
- Work for early-stage businesses that need help in a rapid growth phase
- Become an intrapreneur and innovator in a larger organization
The Entrepreneurship option program is very applied and experiential. Building on solid conceptual foundations, you will study:
In New Venture Design (COMM 466), the capstone course, students from the UBC Sauder School of Business, Applied Science and other faculties work in interdisciplinary teams to design a venture, build a prototype and develop the business model required to raise funding and possibly launch the venture.
Outside of the classroom, you have the opportunity to get involved with related student-run clubs and events like:
Building an entrepreneurship career at UBC
Entrepreneurship@UBC is UBC's entrepreneurially-minded community of educators and innovators. Their mission? To inspire entrepreneurial thinking and accelerate the creation of viable commercial and social ventures. They can help students through specialized programs, seed funding, and mentorship.
How much do entrepreneurs make?
"Earnings vary widely: entrepreneurs may make as little as $20,000 a year or less, and they may actually lose money if the business is poor. However, earnings can increase with an established business. Entrepreneurs with successful small businesses may earn $30,000-$75,000 annually, while the very successful can earn $100,000+ a year. Entrepreneurs also receive compensation in the form of equity."
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Companies started by UBC Sauder grads
What can I read to learn more?
Looking for more information? Check out:
What can I join?
To make connections, build your network, and learn more about this profession, consider joining an association. Options include:
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