The Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship teaches students in the College of Arts and Sciences the necessary skills to be an entrepreneur. The program consists of four classes and an internship. Successful entrepreneurs serve as professors, directors, advisors, and guest speakers lending their real-world expertise. The Shuford Program is currently offered in nine tracks: commercial, social, scientific, sports, public health, design, media, computer science and artistic.
Entrepreneurship is the mechanism by which new products, services, and organizational processes are identified, refined, and ultimately realized as a sustainable part of the society. Now in its tenth year, this minor is designed for students wishing to remain in another discipline but having an interest in the process of entrepreneurship. The Shuford Program is founded on the understanding that there is a common process for the realization of new ventures, and provides the student with the background to undertake entrepreneurial activity in whatever realm they wish to inhabit. An internship, a key component of the minor, provides necessary hands-on experience in entrepreneurship.
The Shuford Program was started as the signature program of the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative, a university-wide program that helped UNC students, faculty and staff learn to transform their ideas into new ventures of all kinds. The $11-million program was funded in part by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, managed by the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and led by faculty and staff across the university from a variety of disciplines.
The Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship is open to undergraduate business majors, but undergraduate business majors should be formally admitted to the program before declaring the minor through the Undergraduate Business Program. ECON 325, 327, and 393 cannot be counted toward an economics major. For details and a the application, see our Apply page.
"Apart from being one of the most personally rewarding endeavors of my life, the entrepreneurship minor at UNC has allowed me to see the world after college in a different light." Ford Eubanks, Alumnus of The Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship