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Hampshire College
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus

About this program


Students can incorporate the resources available through the Hampshire College Center for Design into their academic work and explore methods of organizing, creating, and managing innovative enterprises that effect social change.

At Hampshire entrepreneurship means being part of a flexible entrepreneurial ecosystem. Whether it's for-profit or not-for-profit, public or private, and whether it's theater, social entrepreneurship, visual arts, game development, agriculture or the sciences to name just a few, success means action and impact to make a difference. Your impact will be supported by participating in courses like the examples listed below and being part of the many workshops, events, and student groups plus mentoring opportunities. All are designed to support an evolving entrepreneurial community focused on innovation and impact to make the world better.

Alternative entrepreneurship, Hampreneurship or Entrepreneurship with a Hampshire twist. Whatever you want to call it, that's what Hampshire students and alums have been doing for decades. It's why we're here to strengthen, support, and promote opportunities - not just for Hampshire students interested in entrepreneurship but for all Hampshire students who want resources for applying the tools of entrepreneurial action to their own goals. Hampshire has never been a one-size-fits-all place. Why would we start now?

Because entrepreneurship at Hampshire means different things to different students, we offer a wealth of resources and opportunities to students and alums. We work with artists and performers who want to turn their talent into livelihood, designers who want to market a product and students starting for-profit or social enterprises. Everything begins with an idea; our role is to get that idea out of your head and into the world.

Students are given hands-on opportunities to start enterprises and collaborate with alums and community members under the guidance of staff and faculty. Students create a toolbox of successful entrepreneurial strategies, techniques and practices relevant to what they want to accomplish. Recent alums can also tap into Hampshire's entrepreneurial resources for continued support of their enterprises.

Program content

Sample Courses at Hampshire

Intro to Social Entrepreneurship:

Through this course the students will develop their own community and world-changing ideas into venture plans, using practical frameworks and principles. Students will learn about social entrepreneurism as a vehicle for change, and the different forms and structures social entrepreneurism can take. Accomplished social entrepreneurs from around the world will share their experiences and perspectives with the class with in-person visits and video sessions, help the students think through their ideas. Students will develop the rigorous critical thinking and partnership skills to develop and test any idea, secure resources, and bring the idea to reality, applicable across sectors. Students will work individually and in teams. The course will culminate in a session where students will pitch their ideas to real social impact investors.

Innovation and New Venture Creation Strategies:

This course explores different strategies for introducing innovations in both for-profit and not-for-profit ventures. Many believe that entrepreneurship only means launching a new business from scratch. But for introducing innovations in for-profit, not-for-profit and social entrepreneurship ventures there are other effective alternatives to starting a new business. Two examples include strategic partnerships and licensing innovations to established organizations. Depending on student goals, course topics can include defining the value of the innovation, protecting intellectual property and forming partnerships. In addition to exploring alternative strategies for innovations, the course covers techniques for assessing the value and feasibility of new innovations from the perspectives of market trends, customers, and competitors plus human values and sustaining our planet. Students will also investigate the potential of six different models for entrepreneurial ventures.

Through the Consortium

  • Business Ethics (SC)
  • Economics of Corporate Finance (SC)
  • Economic Game Theory (SC)
  • Entrepreneurship Initiative (UMass)
  • Hospitality: Strategic Management (UMass)
  • Internet Business (UMass)
  • Introductory Accounting (UMass)
  • Professional Practice (UMass)
  • Seminar in Industrial Organization (MHC)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


Tuition fees per semester: $25,500

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Hampshire College

Hampshire College is a small liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts that has been at the forefront of progressive higher education in the United States for over 50 years. Every Hampshire student designs a customized program of study in...

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Hampshire College

West Street
01002 Amherst Massachusetts
United States of America

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