About CDAE 166 A

Introduction to the theory and practice of developing and operating an entrepreneurial activity based on specific business. Emphasis on business development, operation, financing, marketing, and social responsibility. Prerequisites: One of the following: CDAE 002, CDAE 061, or permission.


Prerequisites: CDAE 002 or CDAE 061, or equivalent; Minimum Sophomore standing; Open to Degree and Continuing Education students;

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Section Description

This course is an introduction to the theory, practices, and strategies used to build communities and solve problems. Strong communities are built by people, for people while respecting the natural environment, which makes all life on this planet possible. At its core, entrepreneurship is problem-solving. While many entrepreneurial ventures focus primarily on profits for shareholders, community entrepreneurship focuses on creating value for people and the planet using financially sustainable business and non-profit models. We start by developing an entrepreneurial mindset and opportunity recognition– focusing on creativity, relationship building, and open-minded curiosity while learning to take smart risks and keep fear of failure in check. Then, you’ll work in teams to develop and run a PopUp business on UVM’s campus– a semester-long project that is at the core of this course. You’ll learn about marketing, then you’ll develop and launch a marketing plan for your PopUp business. You’ll learn about accounting and finance, then you’ll use those tools to run your business. With a few build-test-learn cycles under your belt, you’ll learn to pitch your ideas to investors and partners to raise the support to take your ideas into reality. Students in this course are empowered to make an impact in the future, but also make an impact during the semester by raising thousands of dollars for local non-profits. Learning Objectives: 1. Understand and develop an entrepreneurial mindset that can be deployed in all aspects of life, both professional and personal; 2. Understand the basic elements of planning and operating an entrepreneurial venture in theory and practice; 3. Demonstrate competency in essential entrepreneurship skills such as teamwork (human resources management), marketing, strategic planning and decision-making, financial management, and networking; 4. Demonstrate critical and thoughtful understanding of the challenges and opportunities in social and community entrepreneurship; 5. Gain a deeper appreciation of the role entrepreneurship plays in promoting healthy and vibrant communities and how we each can step into an entrepreneurial role in any life path by becoming problem-solvers and change-makers.

Section Expectation

Expect this course to challenge you in ways that feel different from other classes you take in college. Like the practice of entrepreneurship, when you build your PopUp Enterprise, you may not always know what is the best next step or how exactly you can make your business successful. This experience will help you deal with the hardest part of being an entrepreneur—dealing with uncertainty. The teaching team is here to help guide you, but you are also expected to work towards solutions by trying different approaches and learning from setbacks and failure. Entrepreneurs have to be critical thinkers and effective communicators in order to be successful and we expect you to practice those skills throughout every aspect of this course. Class sessions will be a mix of lecture, open discussion, team activities, and team pitches and presentations.


Grades are based largely on your effort and performance in your PopUp Enterprise business -- taking into account both overall group performance and individual contributions. Attendance, individual assignments, and open-book reading quizzes also contribute to your overall grade. We do not have exams in this course.

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