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BBA Entrepreneurship and Innovation

  • Dubai Business School
  • undergraduate

BBA Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Fall & Spring


Full & Part Time

Study Mode

123 hours

Total Credit Hours

4 years




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The Entrepreneurship and Innovation major aims to educate students to become innovative entrepreneurs and leaders. This major of study equips students with knowledge and skills needed to identify new opportunities, implement new technologies, or start their own business as Startups, through a rigorous conceptual foundation coupled with real-world experiences from local and international settings. Special emphasis is made to family and small-sized businesses and networking with UD Engineering & IT students through UD Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) synergic activities.

Admission Requirement

High School English Math
75% for General Stream 70% for Advanced or Elite Stream EmSAT 1100 or Academic IELTS 5.00 or TOEFL (PBT 500 or IBT 61 or CBT 173) EmSAT 600 or UD Math placement test

Who is the program for?

The BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program is designed for individuals who have an interest in starting their own business ventures or working in innovative and entrepreneurial environments. This program is suitable for students who are passionate about creating new products, services, or processes and want to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to bring their ideas to life. The program is typically targeted at undergraduate students who wish to pursue a career in entrepreneurship, venture capital, innovation management, or intrapreneurship (innovation within established organizations). It provides a comprehensive understanding of business principles and practices, with a specific focus on the entrepreneurial mindset and innovation strategies. Students enrolled in a BBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program can expect to learn about various aspects of entrepreneurship, such as opportunity identification, business planning, financing, marketing, and leadership. They will also explore topics related to innovation, including design thinking, technology trends, intellectual property, and market analysis. This program is suitable for individuals who are self-motivated, creative and have a strong desire to take risks and embrace uncertainty. It is well-suited for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to gain the necessary business acumen and entrepreneurial skills to launch and manage their own ventures successfully. Additionally, the BBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program may also appeal to individuals who are interested in working in startup incubators, accelerators, or consulting firms that specialize in supporting and advising entrepreneurs. It can provide a solid foundation for those who wish to contribute to the growth and development of entrepreneurial ecosystems or engage in innovation-driven initiatives within existing organizations. Overall, this program is designed to empower individuals with the knowledge, skills, and mindset required to navigate the challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship and innovation in a rapidly evolving business landscape.

Career Opportunities

A BBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation can open up a range of career opportunities for graduates. Here are some potential career paths:
  1. Entrepreneur/Startup Founder: With the knowledge and skills gained in the program, graduates can launch their own ventures and become entrepreneurs. They can develop and execute business ideas, manage operations, and take calculated risks to build successful businesses.
  2. Intrapreneur/Innovation Manager: Many established companies recognize the value of innovation and seek professionals who can drive innovation within their organizations. Graduates can work as intrapreneurs or innovation managers, leading and implementing new ideas, processes, and products within corporate settings.
  3. Venture Capitalist/Investor: Graduates with a strong understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation can pursue careers in venture capital firms or as angel investors. They can assess investment opportunities, conduct due diligence on startups, and provide funding and strategic guidance to promising ventures.
  4. Business Development Manager: Companies across various industries often seek professionals who can identify new business opportunities, develop strategic partnerships, and drive growth. Graduates can work as business development managers, responsible for expanding the company’s reach and revenue streams.
  5. Innovation Consultant: Consulting firms and innovation agencies look for experts in entrepreneurship and innovation to assist clients in developing and implementing innovative strategies. Graduates can work as innovation consultants, providing guidance on product development, market analysis, and business model innovation.
  6. Startup Ecosystem Builder: Graduates can contribute to building and supporting startup ecosystems by working in organizations like startup incubators, accelerators, or entrepreneurship development centers. They can provide mentorship, resources, and support to early-stage entrepreneurs and help foster a thriving entrepreneurial community.
  7. Product Manager: Graduates with a strong understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation can pursue roles as product managers. They can be responsible for overseeing the development and management of new products or services, ensuring their success in the market.
  8. Social Entrepreneur: Those passionate about making a positive impact on society can pursue careers as social entrepreneurs. They can create and lead ventures that address social or environmental challenges, combining business principles with social innovation.
These are just a few examples, and career opportunities can vary depending on individual interests, skills, and market conditions. The BBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation equips graduates with a versatile skill set that can be applied across industries, allowing them to pursue diverse and rewarding career paths.

Estimated salary range

The salary range for individuals with a BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the UAE can vary depending on several factors such as job level, industry, experience, and location. While it’s challenging to provide exact figures, here’s a general overview of the salary range for BBA graduates in Entrepreneurship and Innovation:
  1. Entry-Level Positions: For entry-level positions in entrepreneurship and innovation, salaries typically range from AED 4,000 to AED 8,000 per month ($1,090 to $2,180). These positions may include roles such as junior business development associates, startup coordinators, or innovation assistants.
  2. Mid-Level Positions: With a few years of experience, mid-level professionals in entrepreneurship and innovation can expect salaries ranging from AED 8,000 to AED 15,000 per month ($2,180 to $4,090). These positions may include roles such as business development managers, innovation consultants, or startup project managers.
  3. Senior-Level Positions: Senior-level positions in entrepreneurship and innovation, such as senior innovation managers, venture capitalists, or startup founders, can command higher salaries ranging from AED 15,000 to AED 30,000 or more per month ($4,090 to $8,180+), depending on the organization and the individual’s experience.
It’s important to note that these figures are approximate and can vary depending on factors such as the specific industry, the size and success of the organization, and the individual’s expertise and track record in entrepreneurship and innovation. Additionally, the salary range can differ between different emirates and cities within the UAE, with cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi generally offering higher salaries due to their thriving business environments. It’s always advisable to conduct thorough research on the specific industry and job market, as well as to consult with recruitment agencies or HR professionals to obtain more accurate and up-to-date salary information for BBA graduates in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the UAE.

Study Plan

Year 1
Semester (1) – Fall - 15CH Semester (2) – Spring – 18CH
Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH
ENGL 100 English I None 3 BACC 205 Principles of Financial Accounting None 3
GISL 100/105 Islamic Thought (Arabic/English) None 3 BECN 100 Microeconomics GMAT 110 ENGL 100 3
GMAT 110 Mathematics for Business I None 3 BBUS 200 Introduction to Responsible Business None 3
GITB 120 Introduction to Information Technology None 3 ENGL 105 English II ENGL 100 3
GEST 100 Emarati Studies ENGL 100 Co 3 GMAT 115 Mathematics for Business II GMAT 110 3
Year 2
Semester (3) – Fall – 18CH                  Semester (4) – Spring – 18CH
Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH
BBUS 110 Fund. Of Innovation and Entrepreneurship ENGL 105 3 BMNG 200 Management and Organization Behavior ENGL 100 3
BSTA 200 Statistical Analysis GMAT 115 3 BBUS 205 Quantitative Analysis in Business BSTA 200 3
ESPU 200 English for Special Purpose (Business) ENGL 105 3 BBUS 225 Research Methods BSTA 200 3
GCRT 200 Critical and Creative Thinking ENGL 105 3 GCMM 205 Communication & Negotiations Skills ENGL 105 3
BFIN 200 Principles of Financial Management BACC 205 3 Elective 2 3
Elective 1 3 BECN 225 Macroeconomics BECN 100 3
Year 3
Semester (5) – Fall – 15CH Semester (6) – Spring – 15CH
Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH
BMNG 310 Operation Management BBUS 205 3 BBEI 405 Social Entrepreneurship 60 CH; BBEI300. 3
BBEI 300 Principles of Entrepreneurship  *** 3 BBEI 330 International Entrepreneurship 60 CH; BMNG 315 & BBEI 300 3
BBEI 310 Innovation & Creativity Management 60 CH 3 BBUS 343 Emerging Technologies in Business GITB 120 3
BBEI 335 Entrepreneurial Finance & Venture capital BFIN 305 3 BMRK 200 Principles of Marketing BECN 100 3
BMNG 315 International Business Management BBUS 200 3 BBUS 305 Business Law ENGL 105 3
*** 60 CH including BMRT 200; BFIN 200; BMNG 200
Year 4
Semester (7) – Fall – 12CH Semester (8) – Spring – 15CH
Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH
BBEI 400 Small Business Management 60 CH; BBEI300 3 BBUS 400 Strategic Management Capstone 90 CH 3
BBEI 410 Design thinking for innovation 60 CH; BBEI310 3 BBEI 440 Strategic Entrepreneurship 90C.H; 6 CH of BBEI 400 level courses 3
BBEI 420 Digital Entrepreneurship 60 CH; BBEI 300; BBUS 343 3 BBEI467/ 473 Internship/Industry Project 93 CH 6
Elective 3 3 Elective 4

Course Descriptions

  • Required Business Courses (45 Credit Hours)

BBUS 200 Introduction to Business Administration 

This course provides students with an introduction to the fundamental principles of Business Administration. It examines the factors that lead towards successful administration of a business, and the achievement of organizational goals. The course covers topics such as Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Social Responsibility and Ethics, International Business, and MIS. Prerequisite: None.

BECN 100 Microeconomics

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the essential microeconomics tools to 1) study how consumers and businesses make decisions in the face of resource scarcity, 2) examine how their interactions in the market determines prices and quantities of goods, and 3) assess the efficiency of markets in the presence of government influence and under different market structures. It is hoped that as a result of taking this course, students will develop an appreciation of the economic way of thinking about real-world problems and develop interest in pursuing a career in economics.  Prerequisite: GMAT110: Mathematics for Business I.

BECN 225 Macroeconomics

This course provides an overview of determination of output; unemployment; interest rates, and inflation. Monetary and fiscal policies are discussed besides public debt and international economic issues. The course introduces basic models of macroeconomics and illustrates principles with the experience of the UAE and other economies. It also exposes students to the Islamic economics whenever applicable. Prerequisite: BECN 100 Microeconomics.

BSTA 200 Statistical Analysis

The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with the basic concepts of statistics and probabilities that will help them make decisions. Coverage includes: basic probability, sampling, hypothesis testing, simple and multiple regression models. Prerequisite: GMAT110: Mathematics for Business I.

BBUS 225 Research Methods

The purpose of this course is to enable students acquire the skills necessary to develop scientific research proposal. It will enable the students undertake systematic research using empirical and non-empirical approaches, conduct literature review and structure and manage a research project on UAE firms.  Prerequisite: BSTA 200: Statistical Analysis.

BACC 205 Principles of Financial Accounting

The course introduces students to accounting concepts, principles, and processes underlying the production of financial statements, and also analyzes measurement and reporting of business transactions to users of financial statements. Prerequisite: None

BBUS 205 Quantitative Analyses in Business

This course is considered as an introduction to recent developments in quantitative techniques with particular emphasis on management applications. Techniques include linear programming, descriptive statistics, probability, expectations, games and decisions, testing of hypotheses, analysis of variance, and operations research. Suitable software will be used to help solve the problems. Prerequisite: BSTA 200 Statistical Analysis.

BFIN 200 Principles of Financial Management

The purpose of this course is to help student an understanding management of finance within a business organization. The coverage includes the sources of finance, the basic financial techniques such as TVM technique used for making decisions in relation to valuation of financial instruments, risk and return trade off. Prerequisite: BACC 205 Principles of Financial Accounting.

BMNG 200 Management & Organization Behavior

This course gives students a critical understanding of essential management functions such planning, organizing, leading/interpersonal influence, and managing in both local and international contexts. The course develops a management framework based on diverse corporate culture before broadening that environment to a global level. This course examines individual and group behavior in companies in depth. It teaches students how to manage businesses more successfully while also improving the quality of the work environment for employees. Motivation, individual and group behavior, employee diversity, attitude and job satisfaction, leadership, communication channels, group dynamics, job design, conflict, and power and politics are among the topics covered. Students should get a grasp of managerial responsibilities and the essential skills and have the necessary abilities to apply them in real-world circumstances.

BMRK 200 Principles of Marketing

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the marketing process, global market place and consumers, integrated marketing communication and marketing plan. Prerequisite: None

BBUS 305 Business Law

This course focuses on business law within the context of contract and civil law. Topics include legal forms of business organization & ownership, contract & sales law, government regulation of business, laws relating to business, bankruptcy, finance, banking, and insurance.  Prerequisite: ENGL 105 English II.

BMNG 310 Operations Management

Operations management is an area of business concerned with the production of goods and services in a wide range of contemporary contexts.  It involves the study of concepts, theories and techniques relating to the operations functions in both manufacturing and service organizations. The course will cover classical topics in operations management including forecasting, inventory management, capacity planning, location planning, quality management, waiting lines, supply chain management. Case studies are used to provide a comprehensive knowledge of the theories, current practices, and trends. Prerequisite: BBUS 205: Quantitative Analyses in Business.

BMNG 315 International Business Management

This course aims at introducing students to the various practices, environments, and functions involved in the field of international business. It includes analysis of the environmental factors (such as culture, communication, behavior) at the international, national and industry levels. The course addresses the functional areas of business (Marketing, Finance, Production, and Human resources), and assesses, in this respect, the global competitiveness of the UAE/ economy. Prerequisite: BBUS 100 Introduction to Business Administration.

BBUS 400 Strategic Management

The purpose of this course is to stimulate and develop students’ awareness and understanding of the key concepts of Strategic Management. The coverage includes situational analysis, the generation of choices of alternate actions and issues of implementation of the chosen course of action. Prerequisite: 90CH.

BBUS 343 Emerging Technologies in Business

The course focuses on introduction to emerging technologies and its application in the business context, both in public and private sectors. Emerging technologies such as Big-Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Block-Chain, Robotic Process Automation, Internet of things (IoT), and leverage these technologies to improve business management and performance.

  • Majors Courses (30 Credit Hours)

BBEI 300: Principles of Entrepreneurship

This course describes the logical sequence of the steps in planning a new business. It examines the tools required for the successful start-up and management of a small business. It explains the concept of entrepreneurship and its role in staring, managing, growing and transforming the business to a professionally managed entity. The students are given a chance to apply their knowledge from other areas of business to prepare a complete business plan. Prerequisites: 60 CH and BBUS 100: Introduction to Business Administration.

BBEI 310: Innovation and Creativity Management

Innovation and Creativity are serious business. Whether in the business, not-for-profit, or public sector, organizations increasingly need people who understand the creative process, know how to manage creative professionals, and have the ability to develop an organizational climate that fosters innovation. This course focuses on creativity and innovation, examining the interplay between creativity, organizational processes and systems, and successful innovation. Throughout the course we explore tools and techniques for fostering individual and group creativity, management practices that foster (or inhibit) innovation, methods for developing and evaluating ideas for new products, services, and the business models to execute these ideas, and principles and practices for leading innovation. Using a variety of readings, case examples, discussions, experiential exercises, and a challenging project, students explore and apply the principles of creativity and innovation. Prerequisites: 60 CH.

BBEI 330: International Entrepreneurship

The purpose of this course is to help students appreciate entrepreneurship opportunities and the related challenges in a global setting. Topics include the importance of international entrepreneurship, globalization and the international environment, selecting international business opportunities, culture and international entrepreneurship, international legal concerns, alternative entry strategies, global human resource management, implementing and managing a global entrepreneurial business plan and strategy. Prerequisites: 60 CH, BBEM 300: Principles of Entrepreneurship and BMNG 315: International Business Management.

BBEI 335: Entrepreneurial Finance & Venture Capital

The purpose of this course is to build student skills, frameworks and knowledge in entrepreneurial finance of small & medium enterprises. Most companies are at a relatively early stage of maturity and by definition are not publicly listed on exchanges. The context of venture capital is different than that of traditional corporate finance. The skills and frameworks are therefore, of necessity, more focused on cash flow, returns and recognizable value. The syllabus includes risk management, types of investment and funding sources, modeling opportunities, examine venture capital funding, conduct due diligence, technology transfers and IP acquisitions. Prerequisite: BFIN 200: Principles of Financial Management.

BBEI 400: Small Business Management

Entrepreneurs face a range of practical strategic management challenges to accelerate and control the growth of their developing firms. This includes issues related to the selection of venture growth venues, financing options, optimal marketing methods, and the identification and hiring of competencies or capabilities to help it grow and mature. Therefore, the objective of this course is to provide students with insights into the problems and opportunities involved in managing growth in entrepreneurial ventures, and to help organizations become more structured without losing its entrepreneurial spirit.  Prerequisites: 60 CH and BBEM 300: Principles of Entrepreneurship. Prerequisites: 60 CH and BBEM 300: Principles of Entrepreneurship.

BBEI 405: Social Entrepreneurship

The course enables the student to understand the different dimensions, opportunities and challenges of social entrepreneurship. The course will focus on problem-solving, developing innovative solutions and the emerging needs in the social development sector.

BBEI 410: Design Thinking for Innovation

Design Thinking helps to tackle challenges such as the creation of new products, technological innovation, services, business models, experiences, processes and/or systems. The primary aim of the course is to empower students to ideate, launch, run, and successfully complete innovation projects that have a significant and meaningful impact on organizations and industries. Students will appreciate how a multidisciplinary approach to innovation becomes an effective tool to incorporate the perspectives of many different kinds of people, and that diversity is key to the development of continuous, and radical innovations. Prerequisites: 60 CH and BBEM 310: Innovation and Creativity Management.

 BBEI 420: Digital Entrepreneurship

The course provides students with knowledge and skills related to factors for success in digital entrepreneurship. This course covers emerging online technologies and their influence on new or continuing business ventures. Students will learn the fundamental skills needed to create or work for digital businesses and the challenges faced in the development of digital products and services. Prerequisites: 60 CH and BBEM 300: Principles of Entrepreneurship.

 BBEI 440: Strategic Entrepreneurship

The goal in this course is to look at the intersection of strategic management and entrepreneurship concepts to understand the balance between opportunity-seeking and advantage-seeking behaviors. In other words, the course prepares students for effectively designing and managing the sustained growth of the firm. Prerequisites: BBEM 300: Principles of Entrepreneurship and the completion of 87 CH.

 BBEI 467 Internship:

The purpose of internship is to provide non-working students with practical experience in an organizational setting where learning and doing are the chief objectives.  It is an essential part of the BBA degree program and it will help non-working students improve, evaluate and above all practice the skills and theories that they have been exposed during their studies, by working at a work-place for 2 months. Prerequisites: the completion of 90 CH

BBEI 473 Industry Project

The purpose of this course is to provide the working student an opportunity to develop competence in applying learned theories and gained skills to an actual business problem or issue. A student will undertake a supervised project to tackle an existing business problem or an available opportunity for improvement at his organization, explore possible causes of the problem, alternative solutions, and assess the effect(s) of each solution on the organization. Alternatively, a student may develop and document a business case dealing with an actual business problem that the organization managed to identify and solve it. Each student will present orally the result of his project in addition to a written report. Prerequisites: the completion of 90 CH.

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