Entrepreneurship and Innovation program

Getting Started

Do you have skills? Do you have a talent?
Have you found your passion? Interested in owning your own Business?

If you answered yes to any of these questions…then you are in the right place. You have just found the most cutting-edge, state of the art Entrepreneurship program at a California Community College.  This brand new program was developed based on 10 key principles.

  1. Across Campus.  We aim to attract students from across the campus – your skills can be turned into successful business ventures.
  2. Visual and Design.  A key driver of the program is to teach to all learning styles.
  3. Practical and Real World.  Textbooks and professors provide theory…this program is practical so we will rely on a resource/reading list of the latest in business books  and business professionals with business experience to teach the how to’s.
  4. Everyone’s an entrepreneur.  Every student may not start a business but every student can use Entrepreneurial skills to be successful.
  5. Portfolio driven.  Objective tests are not the best way to determine success as an Entrepreneur.  Students create a portfolio of projects that they will build on throughout the program.
  6. Communication with Technology.  Using and working with the latest in technology is crucial in today’s business which is what will be used in the GEI courses.
  7. Small business.  Small business information is valuable but Innovation, Creativity and Success will be a focus in the entrepreneur program. 
  8. Compelling stories.  The excitement for Entrepreneurship spreads fastest when compelling stories are told. Faculty will share their success and failures with students.
  9. Interactive classes.  Classes are experiential and hands-on.
  10. Venture.  The EI program will be run like a business venture.

3 Easy Steps

The 3 Easy Steps to Getting Started…

Step 1.If you’ve never taken an Entrepreneurship class the first step is to take the Introduction course which is 3 units and offered every semester: ENTR 100 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship.

Step 2.Enroll in 1 or 2 track classes which are offered every other semester. These are short sequential classes that follow one after the other and can all be completed in a semester.

Step 3.Pick one of the three Capstone classes available: ENTR 110 - Capstone Business Simulation or ENTR 111 - Capstone Entrepeneurial Case Studies or BUS 170 - Small Business Management.

Designed for Your Success

Here’s the great part….the Track Classes can be repeated up to 3 times….no matter what your grade. Why? Because you come to class with different needs and in a different place of your success path.
Which one are you?

  1. Learn. People who have thought about starting their own ventures, but may still be looking for the right idea, or have hesitated to take the leap.
  2. Apply. Aspiring entrepreneurs who have an idea for a new venture, and are getting ready to start, but need some help either in refining their concept or in putting things together to increase their likelihood of success.
  3. Do. Entrepreneurs that have started a venture and are still in the early stages and find themselves struggling with aspects of the business or in finding a sustainable business model.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Certificate and Degree Requirements

Courses   Units
    ENTR 100 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship   3



Opportunities Track:    
    ENTR 101 - Entrepreneurs and Success   1
    ENTR 102 - Entrepreneurial Ideas and Creativity   1
    ENTR 103 - Innovations and Opportunities   2



Validation Track:    
    ENTR 104 - Business Model   2
    ENTR 105 - Market Validation and Bootstrap Marketing   2



Resources Track:    
    ENTR 106 - Building an Entrepreneurial Team   2
    ENTR 107 - Money, Finance and Accounting for Entrepreneurs   2



Planning Track:    
    ENTR 108 - Business Plans for Entrepreneurs   2
    ENTR 109 - Powerful Presentations   2



Choose 1 elective from the following list:   3
    ENTR 110 - Capstone Business Simulations    
    ENTR 111 - Capstone Entrepreneurial Case studies    



GEI Certificate Total Units   22
     
General Education Units   38
   
GEI Degree Total Units   60
Entrepreneurship 100 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship
3units
Spring
Fall
Wednesday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Learn that venture creation really is a process. Learn about the types of ventures one can create and explore their stories. Learn to see opportunities. Discover the resources necessary to turn a dream into a business. Learn how to think about, mitigate and manage risk. Explore the role the internet can play in particular businesses. Learn to protect ideas, trademarks and names. Learn how to approach growth. Learn where to get information to organize a new business. Learn how to determine value and structure deals. Franchising. Family businesses. Operating models.

Phase One: Venture creation is a process. The entrepreneurial individual.
Phase Two:  Types of ventures one can create, ie., social entrepreneurship, engineers as entrepreneurs, family entrepreneurs, life-style entrepreneurs, franchising etc., and explore their stories.
Phase Three:  See and search for opportunities.
Phase Four:  Discover the resources necessary to turn a dream into a business.
Phase Five: How to think about, mitigate and manage risk.
Phase Six:  Explore the role the internet can play in businesses.
Phase Seven: Protect ideas, trademarks and names.
Phase Eight: Learn how to approach growth.
Phase Nine: Where to get information to organize a new business
Phase Ten: Determine value and structure deals

Book:  Internationalentrepreneurhship.com.  This is actually a website that will be a good source of information.  
 
Other suggested readings:
The Creative Entrepreneur, Beam
Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Bessant
A Good Hard Kick in the Ass: Basic Training for Entrepreneurs, Adams
 
Guest speakers for class:
 
Virtual Mentors for class:
 
Other topics to cover:

Entrepreneurship 101 - Entrepreneurs and Success
1unit
Fall
Tuesday: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Learn to think like an entrepreneur. Learn the characteristics, skills and behaviors of successful entrepreneurs. Learn what it really takes to succeed in business as an entrepreneur. Learn the psychology of success. Stay on course, think and grow rich, find your flow and learn the habits of highly successful people. Discover how cutting-edge communication, design and technology are 21st Century drivers of success.
B.  The characteristics of great entrepreneurs.
C.  Stories of great entrepreneurs – Interviews with successful entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurship 102 - Entrepreneurial Ideas and Creativity
1unit
Fall
Tuesday: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Discover that venture creation and business creativity are processes that can be learned. Turn your creativity into business ideas.
B. How to apply creativity to a particular businesses idea.
C. How to apply creativity to your particular business.

Entrepreneurship 103 - Innovations and Opportunities
2units
Fall
Tuesday: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Learn how to search for and create a good business opportunity. Learn how to turn business ideas into entrepreneurial opportunities. Explore and map personal specific knowledge to create business innovation. May be repeated.

Entrepreneurship 104 - Business Models
2units
Fall
Thursday: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Learn what a business model is and learn if a business model will make money. Discover how to filter business opportunities. Learn how to project whether business opportunities can be scalable, can target identifiable markets, and can achieve profitability. May be repeated.

Entrepreneurship 105 - Market Validation and Bootstrap Marketing
2units
Fall
Thursday: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Learn to design a research strategy to discover what you need to know about your customer and your market. Discover how to implement a market validation strategy and learn how to do more with marketing while spending less. Learn that customers drive a business. May be repeated.

Entrepreneurship 106 - Building an Entrepreneurial Team
2units
Fall
Thursday: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Learn how to create a network of principals, advisors, collaborators, managers and employees to build a successful business team. Learn what you might or might not need a lawyer for and how to use a lawyer efficiently. Learn how to organize your business for day-to-day operations. Issues in hiring people and outsourcing. Learn when and how to use a CPA firm.

Finding people. Employees as “talent.” Forms of organizations.

Entrepreneurship 107 - Money, Finance and Accounting for Entrepreneurs
2units
Spring
Tuesday: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Learn how to get resources when you don’t have any. Learn where and how to get financing. Learn to determine how much you need and when to get it. Learn how to make sense of the numbers and what numbers really matter. Learn how entrepreneurial finance works – figure out what is needed and how to get what is needed. Learn the critical importance of leveraging resources and how this can be done. Learn about money, financing, debt, equity, bootstraps, angels and venture capitalists. Learn that “cash flow” is an accounting concept critical to entrepreneurs. Learn what you really need to know about bookkeeping and accounting and how to use the numbers to make smarter decisions. Learn what you really need to know about financial statement and learn why Cash Flow is King. SBA loans as financing. Learn how to determine value.

Entrepreneurship 108 - Business Plans for Entrepreneurs
2units
Spring
Thursday: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Learn the real role a business plan should play. Learn to complete an effective and useful business plan with elements such as a company overview, customer pain, solution, competition, team, business model and financials. Learn the difference audiences for a business plan.

Entrepreneurship 109 - Powerful Presentations
2units
Spring
Thursday: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Learn how to collaborate and translate business plans into powerful sales tools using cutting- edge technology to create presentations like movie trailers, dot animations and pecha kucha power points.

Entrepreneurship 110 - Capstone Business Simulation
3units
TBD

Participate in a realistic hands-on business simulation. Make complex business decisions and learn the implications of decisions made. Learn real world business principals in an exciting business context.

Entrepreneurship 111 - Capstone Entrepreneurial Case Studies
3units
TBD

Discuss complex entrepreneurial business cases in a highly interactive environment. Translate complex business cases into critical incidents.

Business 170 - Principles of Small Business Management
3units
Spring
Fall
Thursday: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Practical business skills needed to start and operate a small business. Includes information on risk management, site location, legal aspects, financing, budgeting, merchandising, promotion, and management techniques.

What is Entrepreneurship & Innovation?

Entrepreneurship has three main components – Innovation, Growth & Profit. The EI program at SAC is based on 11 principles:

  1. Across Campus. We aim to attract students from across the campus – artists, scientists, social scientists - all divisions as diversity.
  2. Visual and Design. Key driver of program.
  3. Practical and Real World. Few academic textbooks and many classes taught by adjuncts.
  4. Everyone’s an entrepreneur. Just like the International Business program does not say everyone must export, everyone learns entrepreneurship whether they ever start a venture or not. Learn to think like an entrepreneur.
  5. Portfolio driven. Little need for objective tests. Students create a portfolio that builds.
  6. Communication with Technology. Part of our unique value proposition.
  7. Small business. “Small business” content is integrated because most classes are repeatable 3 times.
  8. Compelling stories. Entrepreneurship spreads fastest by compelling stories.
  9. Interactive classes. Classes are experiential and hands-on.
  10. Venture. We run the program like a venture.
  11. Born Global. We think of entrepreneurship from a global perspective from Day One.

Why should I take Entrepreneurship & Innovation classes?

Because they’re fun and helpful. If you think you have an idea or want to be an Entrepreneur, then you should check out Entrepreneurship & Innovation program. It is also an opportunity to make money and be successful.

Can I get an AA degree or Certificate?

Yes ... both.

Click here to check out the requirements.

What is the first Entrepreneurship & Innovation class I should take?

Entrepreneur 100 is the first class you should take if you are interested in the Entrepreneurship & Innovation program.

Entr 100, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, provides the student with an introductory overview of world of entrepreneurship. Learn to think like an entrepreneur. Learn the characteristics, skills and behaviors of successful entrepreneurs. Learn what it really takes to succeed in business as an entrepreneur. Learn the psychology of success. Stay on course, think and grow rich, find your flow and learn the habits of highly successful people. Discover how cutting-edge communication, design and technology are 21st Century drivers of success.

Click here to see the current schedule of courses.

Why are so many of the classes one or two unit(s)?

Most classes are 1-2 units but are part of a sequence. For example, Entr 106- Building an Entrepreneurial Team is 2 units and takes 8 weeks to complete. Immediately following Entr 106 – Entr 107-Money, Finance and Accounting for Entrepreneurs will begin and last for 8 weeks and is a 2 unit class. You will be able to complete both classes the same semester on the same night.

Entr 106-Building an Entrepreneurial Team is part of the Resources Track. If you are going for a certificate or degree in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, you should sign up for all of the classes is each track.

When are the sequence(short) courses taught?

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation sequence courses are divided into four(4) tracks. Two(2) tracks are taught in the Fall semester and two(2) in the Spring semester.

  1. Opportunities Track is taught in the Fall semester.
  2. Validation Track is taught in the Fall semester.
  3. Resources Track is taught in the Spring semester.
  4. Planning Track is taught in the Spring semester.

Click here to see the current schedule of courses.

How long is each course?

Entr 100 is a three(3) unit class that runs an entire semester. The Opportunities Track consists of three(3) course - ENTR 101 - Entrepreneurs & Success and ENTR 102 - Entrepreneurial Ideas & Creativity which are 1 unit each and last for 4 weeks and ENTR 103 - Innovation & Opportunities which is a 2 unit class and lasts for 8 weeks. The remaining Tracks – Validation, Resources & Planning each consist of two(2) – 2 unit courses which last for 8 weeks each.

Do I need to take all of the sequence(short) courses three(3) times to get my certificate or degree?

NO… only one time each. But if you want to learn more you can always come back again & again.

Who teaches the courses, and what are the teacher's backgrounds in Entrepreneurship & Innovation?

Professor Doolittle is a full time professor and was formerly an International Business Attorney & Entrepreneur. Professor Grant is the other full time professor in the program who previously worked as an international marketer. The remainder of the teachers work full time in some aspect of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and teach courses during the evenings. They are entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, marketers, global business professionals, accountants, and human resource specialists. Information about our teachers is available on this site.

How is this program different than Entrepreneurship & Innovation programs at universities and four year colleges?

Universities and four year colleges study the theories of Entrepreneurship. They focus on management, strategic issues and large venture capital projects. Our program is more practical and hands on. For example, in a university entrepreneur classes they may write a business plan. In our classes, students will look at the components of a business plan from an innovation and creative perspective and over the course of the program complete each component. This will ultimately lead to the creation of a well thought out plan

If I am interested in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and plan to transfer, should I just wait to study Entrepreneurship at the four year college?

Never wait…do both!! By combining the practical program at SAC with the strategic/theoretical studies at a four year college you will have a tremendous advantage when it comes to starting your career. Some students in our program have a four year degree in Entrepreneurship or in business, and come back to SAC to learn the practical aspects Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Do the Entrepreneurship & Innovation courses at SAC transferable?

Yes, all Entrepreneurship & Innovation classes are transferable as elective classes. However, our sequence class does not satisfy specific course requirements at a four year university. Why? A four year university teaches theory, and we teach the practical applications of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. There are a variety of universities that are now recognizing the benefit of the practical training at SAC and may soon accept our classes for specific requirements.

Can I start my own Global Business? Can I be an Entrepreneur?

Anything is possible The EI program offers you a time and place to test your skills, ideas and work ethic. It’s up to YOU!

Questions about the SAC Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program?

Contact one of our full time professors immediately:

  Glenn Doolittle Madeline Grant Gabriel Shweiri
Email doolittle_glenn@sac.edu grant_madeline@sac.edu shweiri_gabriel@sac.edu
Phone (714) 564-6776 (714) 564-6789 (714) 564-6753
Office SAC-A107-1 SAC-A107-1 SAC-A107-4