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Kei ō ringa, tō oranga | Your destiny is in your hands

The Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (BEntr) is a uniquely self-directed degree that equips you to change the world as you create new products, services and ideas. The BEntr gives you a large degree of freedom in choosing what to study so that your passions, and the problems you want to solve, guide which papers you enrol in. The possibilities are unlimited.

Entrepreneurship is about more than founding startups. Existing businesses need entrepreneurial thinkers too. So do non-profit social and environmental enterprises, and iwi and Pacific communities. Building on Ōtepoti Dunedin's unique entrepreneurial ecosystem, the BEntr is designed to enable careers that involve developing novel solutions to important challenges facing the world. The programme reflects the Otago Business School's commitment to accelerating ventures that are for the good of people and the planet.

You do not need to take a major to complete the BEntr. Or if you want to, you can choose any combination of a major or minor in Business, Humanities, Sciences or the Bachelor of Health Sciences. It's up to you.

Entrepreneurship students

Programme structure of the BEntr

Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (BEntr)

100-levelENTR 101 How to Start a Venture Responsibly18
ENTR 102 Entrepreneurial Tools and Practice18
200-levelENTR 201 Entrepreneurial Capital18
ENTR 202 Applied Social Entrepreneurship18
300-levelMANT 301 Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship18
ENTR 312 New Venture Creation Strategy18
At least two of:
MANT 340 Indigenous Management and Organisation
MART 308 Integrated Digital Marketing
MART 333 Creative Marketing Communication
ECON 318 Behavioural Economics
AGRI 321 Agriculture Production and Food Security
ENVI 311 Understanding Environmental Issues
MART 306 Market-Led Innovation
Plus216 further points; must include 72 points at 200-level or above.216
 Note: Students should check the prerequisites for the 300-level papers when selecting 100- and/or 200-level papers. 
Total 360

Start your application at the Bachelor of Entrepreneurship regulations page

Student profile

Connor Laycock, Bachelor of Entrepreneurship

Conner Laycock imageMy experience studying Entrepreneurship at Otago has been excellent so far. I particularly enjoyed ENTR 102 Entrepreneurial Tools and Practice – we had dozens of guest speakers throughout the semester giving their real-world advice and knowledge, it was invaluable! I hoped the BEntr would offer a more practical and real-world approach to business compared to a more textbook-based programme, and so far, it has successfully met this expectation.

I have found my Marketing and Management minors to complement the BEntr nicely. The marketing papers provide valuable insights into consumer behaviour and effective communication strategies. Likewise, the Management papers have taught me essential skills in organisational behaviour, leadership and strategic planning. The overall combination of these disciplines will leave me with a sturdy and multifaceted skill set and knowledge base to pursue a career after graduation. I envision my degree enabling me to pursue a career of founding and growing my own ventures, and sustainably contributing to the business world. My degree will also open doors for work in management positions in other businesses, as well as opportunities in marketing.

Contact us

For further information, contact:

Associate Professor Conor O’Kane
Director, Bachelor of Entrepreneurship


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