Turn your dream business into reality — or join Austin’s exciting startup community — with a degree in Entrepreneurship.

Major Roadmap

Major Roadmap

Explore your options — classes, internships, research and study abroad. Find what interests you, discover what you love, and create a major experience that jumpstarts your future. 

Entrepreneurship Major Guide

Become a strategic innovator and learn from the best in one of the country’s top cities for starting a business.

As an Entrepreneurship major, you’ll get a solid foundation in finance, accounting and marketing while learning how to identify market opportunities and create a new product or service. You’ll study design thinking, social entrepreneurship and sustainable and ethical business strategies that resonate with your values.

Develop and pitch your idea at 3 Day Startup, iChallenge on the Hilltop and the Business Plan Competition, where you’ll get feedback from mentors. Learn how to try, fail fast, evaluate your mistakes and move on. Take advantage of the many partnerships between the Bill Munday School of Business and Austin entities like Capital Factory, Austin Startup Crawl and Impact Hub Austin. You’ll have no shortage of opportunities to network with experienced entrepreneurs who want to give back.

Get in on the ground floor at an Austin startup — or launch your own dream company. You’ll graduate with resilience, creativity and strategic thinking that will serve you in any work environment.

The Process of Innovation

The Process of Innovation

In 3 Day Startup, 40 St. Edward’s University students decide which six ideas they will be working on over the course of the weekend. Read more about how this program supports our student entrepreneurs.

The Classroom and Beyond

Austin is the ideal place to study entrepreneurship, and St. Edward’s encourages you to take advantage of networking events, internships, and volunteer opportunities at showpiece events like the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals. But you’ll have opportunities to learn by doing on campus, too, through student organizations, pitch competitions and talks by visiting professionals.

Experiential Education

Your classes will send you into the community to research and create potential businesses.

In New Venture Creation, you’ll interview local entrepreneurs and work with a local startup entrepreneurial entity. 

In Social Responsibility of Business, you’ll participate in a service activity in the community and write a paper about the experience. You’ll also work in a team to create a new product or service for a company that will meet a social need for an underserved community.

In the Entrepreneurial Practicum, you’ll focus on starting up a venture that serves the community and is based on strong social justice values. The course requires extensive interaction with potential customers and stakeholders to research the market for your business and determine how you would sustain it. 

Student Organizations

The Student Entrepreneurship Club attracts innovation-minded members from all majors. Meet local entrepreneurs, learn leadership skills, volunteer at Austin events and support fellow students’ startups. 

Develop your startup ideas with the help of a professional mentor and practice pitching them at 3-Day Startup, the iChallenge Pitch Competition and the Business Plan Pitch Competition. 

Participate or volunteer at the annual ATX Hack for Change, in which teams spend a weekend developing technology-based solutions to city- and community-wide problems. 

Top students are invited to join Sigma Nu Tau, the entrepreneurship honor society. 

Internships

The Bill Munday School of Business has partnerships with Austin organizations that will immerse you in the city’s exciting startup culture:

  • Capital Factory, an incubator, coworking space and event center for all things entrepreneurial 
  • Austin Startup Crawl, a showcase of technology and entrepreneurship at multiple downtown locations during the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals
  • Impact Hub Austin, which offers programs blending business and social good

Students can also volunteer at the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals and attend meetups at venues like Capital Factory virtually every night of the week.

In addition, Entrepreneurship majors have interned at the following organizations:

  • C3Nami, a digital marketing agency
  • Orange Coworking
  • On Vinyl Media, a digital music aggregator promoting local Austin music