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Entrepreneurship (BBA)

Why Entrepreneurship?

In today’s increasingly dynamic and unpredictable economy, leaders need to be willing to think outside the box.

The BBA in Entrepreneurship will train you to think like an entrepreneur – with a willingness to take risks, motivate others, and find creative solutions to problems – and will prepare you for a successful career as a change-maker in a broad range of business fields.

Why the BBA in Entrepreneurship at Iona

You will develop an entrepreneurial mindset, which will give you unique and essential skills as you set out to build your career in an increasingly dynamic and complex world.

You will have the opportunity to apply your entrepreneurial mindset skills to solve daily business challenges as entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, and you will gain hands-on experience with an internship or “entrepreneurship in practice” experience.

You will be part of a community of learners and innovators and will benefit from all the programs and activities available through our visionary Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation – our modern collaborative workspace at the center of campus – and our renowned LaPenta School of Business, including:

  • Coworking space where you can share and develop ideas with peers, faculty and mentors;
  • Robust mentoring network;
  • Executive-In-Residence;
  • GaelVentures – our community incubator space.

What You'll Learn

You will learn all aspects of launching your own entrepreneurial venture. You will learn to identify problems and will strengthen your problem-solving skills. You will also learn ideation skills, design thinking, business modeling, leadership, teamwork, presentation skills and entrepreneurial skills.

You will learn to be more adaptable in your thinking and will become more comfortable dealing with risk and uncertainty. In addition, you will round out your advanced studies in entrepreneurship by choosing from an extensive list of specialized entrepreneurship and related business topics.

Unique Elements:

  • Flexible program allows for double major

Program Highlights

Space to Create

The Hynes Institute recently opened its new, 3,800-square-foot state-of-the-art addition in the center of campus and is the home of all things innovative! And the new LaPenta School of Business opened in 2020 with eco-friendly, collaborative work spaces. These two hubs of creativity will be your home away from home!

GaelVentures

In this progam, you’ll have access to GaelVentures, Iona’s own community incubator space. Work alongside fellow students, mentors, entrepreneur-in-residence and faculty members to develop your ideas and gain new perspectives on your work.

Events

From networking sessions to workshops to innovation competitions to invited speakers, there’s always something going on at the Hynes Institute. Students can enhance their extracurricular learning experience by participating in the many Hynes Institute events.

Careers & Outcomes

The entrepreneurial mindset and design thinking foster a universal skill set that can can be applied as essential building blocks to any career path.

Career Paths:

  • Start-up Founder
  • Small Business Owner
  • Business Advisor
  • Innovation Manager
  • Product Designer
  • Consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • Marketer
  • Sales Manager

Entrepreneur-in-Residence: Danny Potocki '06

Danny Potocki

Danny Potocki joined the Hynes Institute as its first entrepreneur-in-residence. Potocki is managing director of Accel7, an accelerator that invests in and advises environmental, social and governance (ESG) companies. He'll focus on building the Institute's mentorship network.

Learn More About Potocki