The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics is committed to developing strong entrepreneurial skills in its students to address the strong demand in agtech, biotech, and foodtech.
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Additional information about our agribusiness entrepreneurship course sequence is below after the form. Students will be notified of the enrollment decision.
1) Principles of Agribusiness Entrepreneurship
This course covers the applied entrepreneurship skills needed to identify and create an opportunity in agribusiness. Students engage in lectures and the NC State Entrepreneurship Clinical model of study using experiential learning to further expose and develop opportunities. We approach entrepreneurship as a process that can be studied, learned, and applied to identify new agribusinesses or opportunities to expand an existing agribusiness. (ARE 495-Principles of Agribusiness Entrepreneurship)
The emphasis during the course is placed on:
Students are encouraged and mentored during the course to examine real business ideas that they might want to pursue after graduation; either in a new venture or within an existing organization. Students create and execute an action plan with a clinic partner company to research and develop a feasibility analysis for an identified opportunity. These projects will be presented via poster sessions during the semester.
2) Agribusiness New Venture Development
This course is taken after Principles of Agribusiness Entrepreneurship. Students work in teams on a single new venture idea to further master concepts introduced in the previous course. They learn new venture development in a learn-by-doing process: from opportunity specification, to development of a compelling case, and development of an executable plan.
Skills learned include:
The class is conducted in a clinic setting where student teams analyze entrepreneurial ideas for business viability.
New venture ideas may be provided by:
The end result is actionable plans for new ventures that are ready for presentation to prospective investors.
3) Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Clinical Practicum
The course is taken after Agribusiness New Venture Development. Its focus is to provide students an opportunity to embed themselves within the entrepreneurial community while advising and working with real ventures and engaging in experiential learning. Several field trips will be taken to visit agribusiness entrepreneurs.
The clinical practicum provides students the tools needed to execute on their own ideas within their new ventures or existing ventures partnered with the Entrepreneurship Clinic.
After completion of the clinical practicum:
Dr. John S. Russ
Kelly Zering, PhD