The Graziadio Experience
Entrepreneurship is about new ideas. Pepperdine encourages a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship among all students, whether running their own business or working in a corporate setting. The Graziadio School's entrepreneurial heritage is exemplified by two successful entrepreneurs: our benefactor, George Graziadio, founder of Imperial Bank; and the University founder, George Pepperdine, a pioneer in the automotive industry.
Degrees for Entrepreneurs
The entrepreneurship programs at Pepperdine guide students in how to launch a company starting from the spark of an idea. These classes are designed to help you tap into your creativity and translate your vision into a real business that not only produces wealth, but also allows you to express your passion and values.
Students may choose from two degree options that focus on entrepreneurship:
- Fully Employed MBA, concentration in entrepreneurship
- Full-time MBA, concentration in entrepreneurship
Business Plan Competition
Student teams bring their new business ideas to face off before a panel of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in the school's annual Business Plan Competition. Students compete for cash prizes that can be used to fund the launch of a new business. In addition, the Socially Minded Entrepreneur Award is bestowed to the team whose plan best embodies the theme of social responsibility in business.
LAUNCH! is both a website and entrepreneur-zine published six times yearly. Each issue brings you face-to-face with students and graduates on a personal journey to succeed at business ownership. In many instances their startup ventures are a direct result of the regiment of Pepperdine MBA entrepreneurship courses they took. For good measure, LAUNCH! sources business community advice and expert perspective to ignite your own do-it-yourself start-up passions.