About This Program

Food trucks. Unmanned aircrafts. Home healthcare. And chocolate. These are just some of the industries MSU Denver Entrepreneurship graduates have boldly entered as entrepreneurs.

Offered by the Department of Management, MSU Denver’s Entrepreneurship bachelor’s program prepares you to do likewise, to take charge of your life and career and become a true business or social innovator.

In addition to offering you a strong foundation in general business classes such as accounting, management, finance and marketing, you will also acquire in-class and in-person knowledge and skills specifically related to launching your own enterprise. Through internships, case studies, projects that connect you to Denver businesses and a University culture that inspires entrepreneurship among faculty, staff and students, your Entrepreneurship program will give you the tools to run with your ideas.


Special Entrepreneurship Program Opportunity

Currently in development, MSU Denver’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Innovation will serve as a hub and resource center through which faculty, staff and students and members of the Greater Denver community can share entrepreneurial ideas and develop relationships. The Institute for Entrepreneurial Innovation is being designed to support MSU Denver students in their entrepreneurial endeavors.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

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Your future as an Entrepreneurship degree holder is limited only by your imagination. Yes, you can start your own business or nonprofit, but you will also have the knowledge and skills to pursue jobs in management, consulting, marketing, sales and then some.


Hear from our students:

“The entrepreneurship program has given me a lot of great connections and has gotten me thinking in ways I wouldn’t have been thinking originally. My eyes have been opened to a lot of new ideas.”

Mark Johnson, MSU Denver ’13, is the co-founder of the Denver-based, custom men’s accessories business, the Knotty Tie Co.

Featured Faculty

Lynn Hoffman

Lynn Hoffman

Professor Lynn Hoffman is the director of MSU Denver’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Innovation. Partnering with the nonprofit Mi Casa Resource Center, Hoffman has paired MSU Denver students with Denver small business owners as consultants. In 2016 Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Hoffman commissioner of the Colorado Racing Commission.

Alumni at Work

MSU Denver alumni have started the following businesses.

  • Unmanned aircraft company
  • Chocolate-focused bakery
  • Microbrew growler device company
  • Computer consulting company
  • Nurse apparel company
  • Senior citizen home-helper company
  • Painting company
  • Dispensary

Facilities & Resources

Entrepreneurship has been in MSU Denver’s DNA since its founding in the 1960s, so you will be studying at a University that has made innovation a core value. This means that MSU Denver is committed to creating new programs and initiatives so as to meet the needs of Colorado’s workforce and current and future students.

On top of that, you will be learning on a campus that’s walking distance from Denver’s central business district downtown. Colorado’s Front Range has a strong, engaged start-up community that has been recognized by Forbes and Entrepreneur magazines as among the best for entrepreneurs.

Program Accreditation

The College of Business at MSU Denver is an AACSB-accredited business college. This puts MSU Denver among the top 5 percent of global business programs that have garnered this distinction.

Entrepreneurship Program

Contact the Department of Management

Located in Admin Building, Suite 525


Dr. Debbie Gilliard, Chair:
[email protected]

Jay Rademacher, Admin III:
[email protected]

CBUS Advising: 303-615-1114