Entrepreneurship | Weatherhead

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland and Northeast Ohio are thriving areas for students interested in entrepreneurship. Students can deepen their entrepreneurial knowledge through multiple academic programs and a wide variety of campus and community resources.

World-Class Faculty

  • Scott Shane, the author of over 60 scholarly articles and author or editor of 10 books on entrepreneurship and innovation management whose work has been recognized among the best books for business
  • John Paul Stephens, whose research focuses on the roles of perception, knowledge and relationships in the adaptive coordination of action groups such as musical ensembles
  • Timothy Fogarty, among the most prolific authors of scholarly research in accounting worldwide, with over 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Michael Goldberg, whose massive open online course (MOOC) called Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies, has attracted over 53,000 students from 190 countries and has been translated into 13 languages.
  • Jenny Hawkins, whose research focuses on antitrust law and economics

...and more.

Looking for a strong entrepreneurship background that will build the skills necessary to successfully plan and launch a new business initiative? Students can gain entrepreneurial knowledge through our Business Management major or Entrepreneurial Studies minor.

Business Management Major with Innovation and Entrepreneurship Concentration

The Weatherhead undergraduate business management major grounds students in the functional areas of business for career preparation across a broad spectrum of industries. All students build a strong foundation in business management by taking required courses in economics, accounting, statistics, communication, leadership, marketing, and operations research and supply chain management.

As a business management major, you will strengthen this foundation by selecting an area of concentration. By pursing an Innovation and Entrepreneurship concentration, you will select courses that will heighten your entrepreneurial understanding. The flexibility of this major allows students to pursue a second concentration or add additional courses to support their career interests.

See comprehensive information about Weatherhead’s BS in Management in the General Bulletin.

Entrepreneurial Studies Minor

At just 15 credit hours, you can easily add an entrepreneurial studies minor to your current undergraduate plan. Learn more about the minor in the General Bulletin.

For more information about our academic programs, contact Jim Hurley, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Integrated Study Programs, at 216.368.3856.

Ready to apply? Learn about our admission requirements.


Campus and community resources are available to CWRU students who are interested in developing their skills and interests:

CWRU LaunchNet
CWRU LaunchNet is a groundbreaking initiative that gives university students and alumni the skills, knowledge, and guidance to start new companies.
The Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box] at the Richey Mixon building
The Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box] at the Richey Mixon building is Case Western Reserve Universty’s center for innovation which provides a space for anyone—especially students, faculty and alumni—to tinker and creatively invent.
Visit the Business and Finance resources on Sears think[box]’s website to learn more about accelerators.
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
IP Venture Clinic at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law provides students with the opportunity to represent start-up companies as they develop their plans to commercialize their technology. Students will focus on a full range of business and intellectual property issues that start-ups face.


Entrepreneurship definition
Entrepreneurship Immersion Week, sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium, is a one-week academic immersion experience for undergraduates from all disciplines is designed to teach the basic skills needed when developing new business concepts.
Innovation 2015
Innovation Summit: Case Western Reserve hosts an annual summit to bring together thought leaders from across industry sectors and geographies for three days of exploration, collaboration and scholarship focused on the opportunities and challenges of global innovation.