Master of Business Administration

MBA Track in Entrepreneurship

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It takes more than just having a great idea to become a successful entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs need the right mindset, skills, and talent — and they need an entrepreneurial ecosystem that includes other entrepreneurs, educators, investors, researchers, mentors, advisers, students, and others.

The Entrepreneurship area at California Lutheran University's School of Management provides both students and the community with a variety of programs and activities that are targeted at the individual, organizational, and macro-level. We offer a diverse curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students designed to help them cultivate the right mindset, acquire the tools, and develop the skills required to identify their idea, prototype it, test it, and finally start and manage successful new ventures.

Beyond our educational activities, we are also a driving member of the start-up community along the 101 Corridor / Central Coast of California. This corridor ranges from Santa Barbara all the way to the San Fernando Valley. Its entrepreneurial scope includes, but is not limited to, biotech, gaming, entertainment, music, software, and drone industries. This ecosystem provides access to a solid and diverse network of contacts and the resources to turn ideas into reality.


Prerequisite Core Courses
  • BUS 551 Managerial Accounting
  • BUS 565 Organizational Theory and Development
  • BUS 567 Behavioral Science for Management
  • BUS 575 Marketing Theory

Choose three from the following:

  • BUS 516 Management & Marketing for High-technology Innovations
  • BUS 529 Executive Roundtable
  • BUS 538 Strategic Public Relations
  • BUS 543 International Business Opportunities
  • BUS 559 Leadership and Managerial Effectiveness
  • BUS 561 Human Resources
  • BUS 569 New Venture Development*
  • BUS 570 Consulting to Business
  • BUS 572 Marketing Research
  • BUS 576 Sales Management
  • BUS 577 Negotiation and Conflict Management
  • BUS 578 Consumer Behavior*
  • BUS 585 Production and Operations Management

* Elective also available online

In addition to our existing curriculum, we will also begin offering new, special topics courses, including:

  • Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • Business Model Generation
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Entrepreneurial Sales
Incubation and acceleration programs

We are currently in the process of preparing formal incubation and acceleration programs. More information will be available soon.

Veterans' Entrepreneurship Institute

In 2014, we started the Veterans' Entrepreneurship Institute, a multi-week program designed to equip veterans with the mindset and the skills to become successful entrepreneurs. Information about new dates for the program is available upon request.


Bill Gartner

William B. Gartner holds a joint appointment with California Lutheran University and Copenhagen Business School Please read Bill's faculty profile.

Reneé Rock

Reneé Rock has taught in the CLU undergraduate and MBA programs since 2007. Please read Reneé's faculty profile.

Mike Panesis

Mike Panesis' career spans a diverse range of industries and roles, including executive management, tech start-ups, information technology management and management consulting for companies like Semtech, Whitestone Research, DealerTrack, Church & Dwight, Deloitte & Touche and AT&T. Before joining California Lutheran University's School of Management, he was responsible for UCSB's Technology Management Program's co-curricular and extra-curricular entrepreneurship activities, including the UCSB New Venture Competition. Mike is President of the Central Coast Network of Tech Coast Angels (TCA), the largest accredited angel investor group in the country. At Cal Lutheran's School of Management his main responsibilities besides teaching are community outreach, the Entrepreneur Roundtable series, the mentoring of the student entrepreneurship club, the organization of the School's Business Concept Competition and the oversight of activities and initiatives related to the School's coworking and incubation site in Westlake Village. Mike has an MBA in Marketing from Rutgers University and a BS in Computer Science for Business from the DeVry Institute of Technology.

Victoria Silchenko

Victoria Silchenko is an economist turned entrepreneur who devotes much of her time to helping other entrepreneurs succeed. She is the founder & CEO of Metropole Capital Group which she launched in 2004 in Los Angeles, CA to provide strategic and capital formation advisory services to venture capital-backed startups and other emerging growth and innovative companies in a broad range of industries throughout the U.S. and Russia/BRIC. Victoria strongly believes in ethical conduct of any business and actively supports solving market needs in the most intelligent, innovative and socially responsible way. She is also the producer and director of the Metropole Global Forum – an annual Next Generation Entrepreneurship and Crowdfunding Forum in Los Angels which is a full day event in November and is an unprecedented and exclusive gathering of world class entrepreneurs, angel investors, VCs, accelerators, and crowdfunding experts and advocates from the United States and all over the globe. Victoria also is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post on topics related to crowdfunding and new venture funding.

Joe Huggins

Mr. Huggins developed and conducted the original Entrepreneur Academy small business classes for Ventura County. He has over twenty years of commercial banking and big 5 consulting experience. He has assisted clients in developing creative marketing strategies, strategic and business plans, loan proposals, and cash management analysis. He began his career at Bankers Trust, N.Y. where he was a Vice President in charge of the funds transfer, cash management, and internal consulting divisions. He was a senior manager with Price Waterhouse serving as national product manager for strategic planning consulting. At Deloitte Touche, Mr. Huggins served as Senior Manager for profitability and productivity consulting. He also worked for Citibank, Los Angeles, where he developed and managed the regional cash management center. Mr. Huggins has an MA in industrial psychology and an MBA in marketing from New York University. He specializes in the marketing of entrepreneurial service ventures. He is an adjunct professor / senior lecturer in the MBA program at California Lutheran University in marketing, strategic management, entrepreneurship and small business management. He has conducted numerous entrepreneurial training courses and consulted for hundreds of businesses throughout California.


Westlake Facility

Our co-working and incubation facility is located in Westlake Village. It combines faculty offices, classrooms, and a co-working and incubation facility that is open to the public. Working next to each other, entrepreneurs, professors, and students create a unique environment in which creativity, innovation, and collaboration are happening. The public areas of the Westlake facility offer membership-based co-work facilities as well as private offices for incubating companies. School of Management students receive special discounts.

Student Entrepreneurship Cub "Future Treps"

Open to undergraduate and graduate students, regional and international, regardless of declared major, the Future Treps club's ultimate goal is to help all members become successful in their entrepreneurial endeavors. This club bridges the gap between Cal Lutheran students and the world beyond the university's borders by providing them with new ways of thinking and doing. The Future Treps club empowers its members with valuable technical knowledge and skills, all while inspiring and encouraging them to be catalysts for change now, and in the future. Future Treps has several activities during the year, such as: regular meetings, business concept competition, and startup weekends.

Business Concept Competition

The Business Concept Competition is an annual event that the School of Management co-organizes with the Future Treps student entrepreneurship club. The Business Concept Competition is designed to help students turn solutions into what may become their own business. After an initial submission of business concepts, a select group will be invited to participate in the finals. Our faculty members will prepare them for the finals presentation where a panel of experienced judges will award the best presentations.

Grant Seed Fund

We have started a campaign to raise funds for the creation of a grant seed fund that helps students and alumni in the creation of their new ventures. Full information will be available soon.


We have a number of highly successful entrepreneurs among its graduates. Please contact Ms. Stacy Swanson ( for more information.

Extenernal Resources (Selection)

Accelerators & Incubators
Seed & Early Stage Funds
Venture Capital & Private Equity Groups


Entrepreneur Roundtable Event Series

The Entrepreneur Roundtable is an ongoing event series for the wider start-up and business community. These events feature successful entrepreneurs, investors, and others. They share their stories, present best cases, discuss challenges and opportunities, and present content of interest to entrepreneurs. Learn more

External Events of Interest

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HuddleCampus is the operations partner for our co-working and incubation facility in Westlake Village. The facility combines faculty offices, classrooms, and an open to the public-co-working and incubation facility. Working next to each other, entrepreneurs, professors, and students creates a unique environment in which creativity, innovation, and collaboration are happening. The public areas of the Westlake facility offer membership-based co-work facilities as well as private offices for incubating companies. School of Management students receive special discounts.


Upon request, the School of Management will connect students, alumni, or faculty members with experienced start-up mentors. Please contact Mike Panesis for more details.