Events and Marketing Coordinator Danielle Bennings added that courses catered to startup development specifically teach students the entrepreneurial skills essential to the job market by being hands-on.
“By working at a startup, students work in a fast-paced environment where change is happening all the time. They are forced to pivot often, think outside the box and find innovative solutions for the world’s problems,” Bennings said.
How to keep pace with the rapid culture change of startups
However, as the marketplace continues to evolve, so does the startup game. Since the internet bubble, digital startups are everywhere, filling the market with online and mobile applications.
University of Maryland is one school that is adapting to the mobile market, by offering a variety of courses integrated in major curriculum. Students from Computer Science tracks to Supply Chain Management are required to complete at least one course with an entrepreneurial app focus.
Some of the classes offered include a media startup course for journalism majors, entrepreneurship classes from venture capital to the management mentality for business majors, and a course centered on the implementation and launch of an app for computer science majors.
University of Maryland student Daryoush Ashtary-Yazdi said what he enjoys most about the media startup class he takes is that startup classes get you to think out-of-the-box. “Most college classes have traditional busy work, but entrepreneurship classes really allow you to practice the whole business process, which can help many like myself in real life,” he said.
Yet, students who take entrepreneurship classes do not necessarily have their own businesses.;their main interests stem in learning how to successfully launch one. Furthermore, entrepreneurial classes aim to teach students other essential skills for the entrepreneurial market, such as strengthening presentation skills and “self-starter mentality.”
Other universities integrating startup programs include the University of Wisconsin-Madison that recently embarked in a partnership with Madworks Coworking’s accelerator program; Babson College’s Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM); and the University of Michigan with its engagement, skill-building and practicum mixtures of entrepreneurial classes.