By Lori Dresner, Managing Editor/News Editor

A new program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis called UMSL Accelerate has been developed to focus on entrepreneurship. During the 2016-2017 academic year, UMSL Accelerate will offer three new courses that will be open to undergraduate students of all disciplines. Introduction to Entrepreneurship will provide students with an introduction to “state of the art” skills, perspectives, and theories that innovators in any field or industry will need to increase the likelihood of success. “Real world” examples and case studies will be part of the curriculum in this course. The second course, Principles of Social Entrepreneurship, will help students to differentiate themselves when competing for employment in any field, since employers in all industries now expect students to have a basic understanding of innovation are entrepreneurship. Students who take the course will be introduced to commercial concepts and frameworks in social ventures as well as theories and skills of entrepreneurship. Ten-year veteran of the non-profit arts industry Phil Dunlap designed and will teach the third course, Business in the Arts, which will give students an in-depth look at business aspects through the lens of art. In this course there will be an emphasis on cultivating and developing an entrepreneurial perspective. These classes were created as part of the University of Missouri System’s goal to enhance entrepreneurship education on all four of the UM campuses. All three of the courses fulfill the general education requirement. Students interested in taking the courses can speak with their advisor or email Kendra Perry at perryk@umsl.edufor more information.