Lisbon, Portugal;Porto, Portugal
Entrepreneurship & International Relations
June 9: Mandatory Class Meeting, Noon, Bloch School TBA
June 17 - July 1: Lisbon, Portugal portion of program
July 5 - 14: Kansas City, Missouri USA portion of the program
This unique Entrepreneurship and Arts and Sciences study abroad program offers students an opportunity to study entrepreneurship and international relations in the United States and Portugal. A major goal of the program is to stimulate global thinking where students, from both countries, will learn about the challenges and opportunities in Global Entrepreneurship and international relations. The experiential way they will learn this is through "projects" that students will team up on to explore international requirements in doing business abroad. These projects will involve challenges such as international law, currency exchange, import and export requirements and financing global ventures.
UMKC has created a partnership with two universities from Portugal, Catolica, Lisbon and the ISCTE Business School, who are interested in an exchange study abroad program focused on entrepreneurial leadership. Approximately 15 students from Portugal and 15 from the US will join together to study entrepreneurship and engage in experiential learning. Academic credit will be awarded to all students and faculty from all participating universities will collaborate on curricular and co-curricular activities. Partnerships will also be developed with local and national governments and entrepreneurs from both countries will engage with students on multiple levels. In addition to classroom instruction, students will complete entrepreneurial projects that could advance entrepreneurial ventures, design business models for nonprofit and for-profit ventures and/or create new opportunities for communities of interest.
At the end of the program, students will:
Distinguish between business ideas and business opportunities.
Understand best ways to stimulate innovation and creativity.
Understand challenges & opportunities regarding venture formation in the globally changing world.
Understand the process through which opportunities are evaluated.
Recognize the entrepreneurial characteristics that lead to successful venture.
Understand the techniques for conducting market research to determine entrepreneurial potential.
Recognize the personal, social & economic challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship.
Understand the financial requirements for venture formation and growth.
Experience firsthand the challenges of presenting entrepreneurial ideas.
Experience the importance of team work in facilitating entrepreneurial ventures.
Experience the value in collaborating with foreign students to explore entrepreneurial opportunities.
Students from Portugal will spend two weeks in the US to learn about entrepreneurship. During the two weeks, classroom instruction will occur on the UMKC campus and highly qualified UMKC faculty will deliver courses. The courses in the Bloch School that qualify for credit are ENT 215 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and ENT 497 – Special Topic, International Entrepreneurship.
Course description for the ENT 215:
Introduction to Entrepreneurship is a course designed for students of all disciplines that provides an overview of entrepreneurial concepts.
This course will explore the basics of entrepreneurship and innovation including entrepreneurship and business basics, creativity and innovation, opportunity recognition, and idea development.
The course will highlight how these skills are essential to not only create successful ventures, but to enable employees and companies to innovate.
Students will learn about the terminology of the entrepreneurial discipline, basic theories and tools used to create successful business models, and the resources available to recognize and pursue opportunities.
The full curriculum will be developed by US and Portuguese faculty. Other topics can be offered, depending on the faculty involved and areas of interest. Portuguese students and US students will take the two week classes together.
Dr. Tony Mendes, Managing Director of the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Dr. Mendes teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in entrepreneurship at UMKC.
Dr. Debra Leiter, UMKC Political Science, specializes in comparative politics with an emphasis on elections, voting behavior, and political parties in Western Europe.
Other UMKC faculty at the Regnier Institute and the will participate in the instruction.
UMKC students will be housed, in Portugal, in dormitories close to the campus.
The first weekend of this program, in-between the two weeks, will include a trip to scenic Porto. This is optional for students, but will include scenic highlights of this study abroad. Transportation from Lisbon to Porto will be via train with scenic stops along the way.