Entrepreneurship and Innovation

In every success story, you will find someone who took a risk. An entrepreneur is a self-motivated, tenacious leader who works hard to build businesses from idea generation to market validation and onward. They understand the risks associated with innovation and are prepared to fail and learn from failure. Their resilience and unwavering faith to see their business succeed is a necessity for the business environment.

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Hear professor Eva Fast talk about the minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation that is now also offered as a major.

COLLABORATE WITH OTHERS

Five Reasons to Study Entrepreneurship at JBU

Reason #1

COLLABORATE WITH OTHERS

Entrepreneurs wear many hats and they must learn to collaborate with engineers, web designers, and lawyers just to name a few. Entrepreneurs may be in the trenches one day and a board room the next.

IMPACT THE COMMUNITY

Five Reasons to Study Entrepreneurship at JBU

Reason #2

IMPACT THE COMMUNITY

According to the Small Business Administration, startups account for 99.7% of all U.S. employers and 54% of all sales come from these small companies. Entrepreneurs identify problems and design business models that create jobs and impact people.

PRACTICE GRIT

Five Reasons to Study Entrepreneurship at JBU

Reason #3

PRACTICE GRIT

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 50% of startups fail within the first five years. As Angela Duckworth stated, grit may be the single most important factor in a person’s long-term success. Entrepreneurs embrace failure and build resilience.

EXPERIENCE HANDS-ON LEARNING

Five Reasons to Study Entrepreneurship at JBU

Reason #4

EXPERIENCE HANDS-ON LEARNING

Entrepreneurs and innovators constantly build and test their ideas with prospective customers. JBU’s entrepreneurship program is designed to equip students with the hands-on skills necessary to launch their product, service, or idea.

WORK ANYWHERE

Five Reasons to Study Entrepreneurship at JBU

Reason #5

WORK ANYWHERE

Fortune magazine states that 80% of the S&P 500 cite innovation as a corporate value. This program prepares students to create their own companies or to work for a well-established firm.

Eva Fast

Faculty Profile

Eva Fast

Assistant Professor of Business

"Innovation = invention + market + timing" and "look for markets that are underserved or underdeveloped" are two of the phrases Fast often uses in her classes. She teaches students the difference between exploiting a market for personal gain and serving a market's needs for sustainable, mutual value. Outside of class, she and her student teams receive top awards at the Reynolds Governor’s Cup Business Plan Competition every year. And, on a personal note, she enjoys traveling and experiencing other cultures.

M.B.A., John Brown University
B.S., John Brown University

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Sam Heinrich

Faculty Profile

Sam Heinrich

Department Head, Business Degree Completion
Associate Professor of Business

Sam has 25 years of management & financial experience — in the commercial lending industry and as President/CEO/CFO of a large utility contracting firm. During the last 12 years he has served in Christian secondary schools & higher education.

M.B.A., University of Colorado
B.S., John Brown University

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