The Entrepreneurship major focuses on business enterprise models and entrepreneurial bases. By combining a rigorous academic curriculum, leadership development, experiential learning, and relationships with industry leaders, graduates prepare to become tomorrow's entrepreneurs.
Experience Free Enterprise
Northwood University was founded on the principle that America's free enterprise system, together with an entrepreneurial spirit, can create a bigger pie for all to share. We believe the entrepreneurial spirit can and should be taught to all generations, as it is the foundation of a free society. 25% of Northwood University graduates are business owners within a few years after graduation.
Entrepreneurs lead innovation and change. Entrepreneurs manage the risks that are essential for a prosperous economy. Northwood honors the triumphs of entrepreneurs by cultivating a new generation of achievers that are ready to launch their own enterprises.
- More than 90 percent of all business enterprises in the United States are family-owned, and 35 percent of Fortune 500 companies are family firms.
- The greatest part of American's wealth lies with family-owned businesses.
- All Northwood University students receive a no-cost subscription to the Wall Street Journal.
- The leadership of 43 percent of family businesses will change by 2010. One quarter of all family firms expect their next CEO to be a woman. The average life span of a family owned business is just 24 years.
- Family businesses account for 78 percent of all new jobs, 60 percent of the national employment, 50 percent of the gross domestic product, and 65 percent of all wages paid.
Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity & Enterprise
The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity & Enterprise has been working hard to enhance our students' experiences and reward their efforts by adding new programming, events and networking opportunities. The goal of the center is to hone student skills and help them make valuable business connections. The Entrepreneur in Residence program marks one of the highest contributions we have made to the success of our collegiate entrepreneurs.
Northwood Students Work with Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity & Enterprise to Launch New Businesses
Students at Northwood are encouraged to pursue entrepreneurship goals. There are many student-owned and student-managed businesses that incubate and launch under the direction and assistance of the ABDCCE at Northwood University.
Northwood University offers a unique opportunity to work with an Entrepreneur in Residence to help mentor students and give students hands-on experience in realizing their entrepreneurship goals.
Entrepreneur in Residence
As the Northwood University Entrepreneur in Residence, Scott Robeson offers student entrepreneurs an extraordinary opportunity to benefit from his experience. He provides a willing, enthusiastic and open attitude coupled with one-on-one availability to help our students turn their dreams into realities.
Students are invited to request one-on-one meetings with Scott Robeson to help develop their business goals and to utilize resources available both on and off campus.
A snapshot of Fall programs offered by the Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity & Enterprise for Entrepreneurially minded students
- EnGen Regional Intercollegiate Incuba8 Concept Crafting Workshop
- Pitch Training for NU Business Start up Competition
- EnGen Intercollegiate Collegiate Entrepreneurial Summit -13 Michigan Universities & Colleges will participate to compete & share best practices
- Global Entrepreneurship Week
- Book Signing with Dr. Todd Thomas
- ETR Round Table - Students and under 30 Entrepreneurs
- One NU Business Plan Start-Up Competition
- Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour
- Incuba8 Concept Crafting
Professor James Hop
Office: Sloan 126