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Study Entrepreneurship at Otago

Entrepreneurs create value in the form of new products, new organisations and new ways of doing things.

Exceptional entrepreneurs disrupt business-as-usual, creating new markets and new industries.

By studying entrepreneurship, you will build your capacity to add value to the world and tackle important challenges in business and beyond.

You can also use the entrepreneurial skills and innovative thinking you develop in our programme to solve economic, environmental and social problems of all kinds.

The minor in Entrepreneurship is a terrific pairing for any major or course of study.

Why study Entrepreneurship?

Gain business skills. Grow your entrepreneurial behaviour. Nurture your can-do spirit and creative mindset. Be your own boss! Generate value and share it with the world. You can apply your entrepreneurial behaviour to start a business, make a small business large, or make an organisation of any size more productive.

Background required

There are no prerequisites. 100-level entrepreneurship papers are open to all. Entrepreneurs are intensely interested in what they do. Studying entrepreneurship complements any topic that you have a passionate interest in, including arts, business, education, medicine and the sciences.

Strong communication skills are a plus. Work experience and exposure to entrepreneurial training programmes such as Young Enterprise provide a strong platform on which to build.

Teaching style

You will learn to write a lean business plan. You will pitch your ideas. You will work in groups and interact with world-class researchers and startup founders.

Career opportunities

Developing an entrepreneurial mindset enables you to recognise opportunities, test ideas, and know what steps it takes to turn your ideas into action. This means managing innovative ideas and creating new products. Students who have minored in entrepreneurship have started businesses or gone on to work for startups, multinationals, non-profits and the public sector. The minor in Entrepreneurship equips you to take on a real-world challenge in any sized organisation and create value.

Career opportunities include business startups in any industry, including:

  • Arts
  • Education
  • Food
  • Health care
  • Medicine
  • Sciences and technology
  • Venture capital and startup investing
  • Recruitment management
  • Business consulting
  • Creative project management
  • Project management
  • Content marketing
  • National retail management
  • Production management
  • Event organising and accounting management

Otago Network for Entrepreneurship (ONE)

Dunedin has a thriving startup ecosystem with information, networks, advocacy and resources available to build companies and new organisations. From creative weekends and innovation networks to co-working spaces, Dunedin is an entrepreneurial city with an exciting startup ecosystem.

Programme requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom) in Entrepreneurship


Master of Entrepreneurship (MEntr)


Part A

ENTR 411  Introduction to Entrepreneurship (20 points)

ENTR 412  Feasibility Analysis (20 points)

ENTR 413  Finance for Entrepreneurs (20 points)

ENTR 414  Marketing in a Digital World (20 points)

ENTR 415  New Venture Strategy (20 points)

plus two of

  • ENTR 420  Sustainable Entrepreneurship (20 points)
  • ENTR 421  Technology and Entrepreneurship (20 points)
  • TOUR 416  Tourism Entrepreneurship and Business (20 points)

Part B

ENTR 501  Business Project (40 points)

Minor subject requirements

Entrepreneurship as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree

Level Papers Points

BSNS 115 Accounting and Information Systems

MART 112 Marketing Management




MART 212 Understanding Markets, or any other 200-level paper from Commerce Schedule C



MANT 303 Entrepreneurship

MANT 301 Managing Innovation and Growth, or MART 306 Innovation and New Product Development



Note: Prerequisites for 200- and 300-level papers may be varied with approval from the Head of the Department of Marketing and the Professor of Entrepreneurship

Total   90

Key information for future students

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Otago Business School

Tel +64 3 479 8128