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by on July 16, 2019

Top 10 HBCUs For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) are iconic features in the United States higher education landscape. They came into existence before the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The essence of establishing these institutions was to serve the African-American community.

There are several HBCUs that offer entrepreneurship as a major. These institutions will train you to become a full-fledged entrepreneur. In this post, we have researched the top 10 HBCUs that offer entrepreneurship as a major.


Morehouse College - Atlanta, Georgia

Morehouse does not offer a designated major in entrepreneurship.  You will be able to major in Business Administration with a concentration in management, marketing, accounting, or finance.  However,  Morehouse cultivates entrepreneurial leaders through the Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center (MCEC).  (MCEC) is a global model for higher education and industry collaborations, programs that connect learning with student leadership development, and community-focused resources and support with one goal in mind - to increase small business development.

MCEC recently launched the nation's first Certificate in Investing In Startups & Early Stage Companies (Angel Investing) offered at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The certification program is in partnership with Opportunity HUB, an Atlanta based multi-campus co-working space, pre-accelerator, and incubator.

MCEC recently launched the nation's first Certificate in Investing In Startups & Early Stage Companies (Angel Investing) offered at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The certification program is in partnership with Opportunity HUB, an Atlanta based multi-campus co-working space, pre-accelerator, and incubator.


North Carolina A & T State University - Greensboro, North Carolina

North Carolina A & T is the largest HBCU in terms of enrollmentA unique feature of North Carolina A & T is its Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI).  The CEI is the hub for entrepreneurship education on the campus.

North Carolina A & T’s goal is to ignite students’ entrepreneurial passion and equip them with the knowledge, skills, connections and practical experiences needed to be successful innovators and entrepreneurs in whatever path they may choose.

The CEI encourages, supports and recognizes the entrepreneurial endeavors of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and serves as a university-wide resource center for developing entrepreneurs in the A&T community, the Triad and beyond.  

Through a combination of entrepreneurial-focused classroom instruction, experiential learning opportunities, Aggie Startup Lab, and community engagement activities, CEI helps students and program participants develop knowledge, skills, connections, and access to resources needed for a successful entrepreneurial career. This might be starting a for-profit or social venture, joining an entrepreneurial company, or creating innovations within a large company.


Howard University - Washington, D.C.

Like Morehouse, Howard does not offer a designated major in entrepreneurship.  You will be able to major in accounting, computer information systems, international business, hospitality, finance, management, marketing, or supply chain management. Also, like Morehouse, Howard is a staunch supporter of entrepreneurship.

The headquarters for the Institute for Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation Institute (ELI) is at Howard University.  The ELI is a national repository for information vital to the growth and development of minority business enterprises.  Howard University is seeking to transform the way entrepreneurship is taught and experienced so that any student, regardless of their field of study, will have the opportunity and ability to participate.

Howard University’s ELI was one of the ten top college programs for entrepreneurs by Fortune Small Business Magazine.


Bethune-Cookman University - Daytona Beach, Florida

Bethune Cookman’s College of Business and Entrepreneurship imparts mastery of the major tenets of business through innovative and cutting edge technologies, and systems as well as real-world experiential learning activities. Students enhance and refine their skills by majoring in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, or Information Systems Management.

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) cultivates an environment that is conducive for ideation and innovation to thrive. CEED's purpose is acting as the driver for supporting economic growth with an entrepreneurial approach. By encouraging internal and external collaboration and partnerships, they achieve the goal of building a sustainable ecosystem.  CEED programs include HBCU Challenge, InnovateHER, CEED Launch.


Hampton University -  Hampton, Virginia

Hampton University has a business incubator program. The program is tailored towards providing space and nurturing services to new and small businesses during its early stages.

The Business Incubator is one of the many programs that Hampton University uses to promote entrepreneurship.


North Carolina Central University - Durham, North Carolina

NCCU’s entrepreneurship major helps to inculcate in prospective entrepreneurs entrepreneurial thinking, planning, and behavior. If you study entrepreneurship at NCCU, you will gain an understanding of social entrepreneurship coupled with innovation.

NCCU teaches students the analytical skills that will enable them to start a successful business, and this institution has been coming up with different innovative programs tailored towards promoting entrepreneurship in the United States.

Morgan State University - Baltimore, Maryland

In recognition of the role entrepreneurship plays in the economic development of the nation, the entrepreneurship major at Morgan State focuses on building the skills of students needed to be successful as a leader, an innovator, and an entrepreneur.

At Morgan State, you will learn the business skills that will enable you to adapt to different settings. Entrepreneurship graduates of this institution have an understanding of environmental forces entrepreneurs face and how to tackle them.

Morgan State has a chapter of Sigma Nu Tau National Entrepreneurship Honor Society, the only academic honor society dedicated to entrepreneurship.  To join, you must be a junior with at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA who possesses: honor, integrity, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit.


Norfolk State University - Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk State’s  Ernest M. Hodge Institute for Entrepreneurship is named after Ernest M. Hodge, founder and co-CEO of March/Hodge Automotive Group.  Mr. Hodge, a 1975 graduate of Norfolk State University. In 2006 Mr. Hodge was recognized by Black Enterprise magazine as having the second-largest Black-owned business in America.

The Hodge Institute inspires individual creativity through entrepreneurship and promotes scholarly research in the fields of entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, technological innovation, and small- and family-owned business enterprises.

Norfolk State also sponsors an annual Student Business Plan Competition.


Bowie State University - Bowie, Maryland

Bowie State is the oldest HBCU in Maryland and the first HBCU in Maryland to host a business incubator.

Bowie State University has a reputation for building a dynamic future for students who are passionate about success.  Bowie State will help develop your passion into a money-making venture and learn the necessary skills you need to manage a profitable business.

Bowie State’s Entrepreneurship Club supports students who currently own a business or plan to launch one. Regular activities include lectures, tours, professional development activities, as well as idea-pitching contests and networking opportunities.

Bowie State’s Student Business Hatchery provides workspace and coaching from local entrepreneurs to students as they develop their businesses and seek potential investors.

You’ll have access to successful business leaders through mentorships and internships with local businesses, including those that launched at Bowie State’s reputable Business Innovation Center (BIC).


Fayetteville State University - Fayetteville, North Carolina

The Entrepreneurship Initiative at Fayetteville State University is on the move to become a national hub for minority entrepreneurship and be a leader in entrepreneurship and innovation training.

An FSU degree in entrepreneurship will provide you with a unique spread of business skills that will help you with everything from planning, funding, creating new business ideas like products or services and launching your own business. Students are allowed to learn any of the most valued business concepts without the stress of a double major.



What Are My Career Options With A Degree In Entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurship is an exciting and fertile discipline. Having a degree in entrepreneurship doesn’t mean you must be an entrepreneur or start your own business. There are several career options available to you:

Business & Recruitment Consultant

Entrepreneurship graduates are experts in the market. Most times, they have the skills to identify business problems and proffer a workable solution to them.

Your training as an entrepreneurship graduate enables you to identify problems other people may not be able to notice. It gives a sense of joy knowing that you are proffering solutions to people’s problem and helping business owners recruit and train qualified personnel.

Research and Development (R&D)

R&D is a juicy career path that is perfect for entrepreneurship majors. This position requires a full understanding of business concepts, practices, and procedures. Many of the colleges and universities in this article are committed to research in areas impacting entrepreneurship.  You could become a part of a research community that contributes to the improvement of entrepreneurship education, and a better understanding of factors affecting the formation and growth of new and existing businesses.

Fundraiser for Non-Profit Organization

Raising funds may be more complicated than you realize.  An entrepreneurial mindset combined with the knowledge that a degree in entrepreneurship instills in you will prove to be invaluable in achieving success in the field of fundraising and business development.

Other Fields

While a concentration in entrepreneurship and small business management will undoubtedly prepare you for business ownership, you will also become an asset in established workplaces as you build experience and credentials. Entrepreneurs—those who have been in business, those who run a business part-time and those still in development—are agile and can find employment in almost any field, including the following positions:

• Account executive

• Benefits manager

• Budget officer

• Business analyst

• Communications officer

• Employment counselor

• Entertainment agent

• Financial analyst

• Foreign exchange trader

• Hospital administrator

• Human resource manager

• Management analyst

• Market information specialist

• Media planner

• Operations manager

• Quality control auditor

• Real estate agent/broker

• Trust administrator


Final Words

Communities across the country and around the world are creating entrepreneurial ecosystems to facilitate the growth and development of small businesses and innovation.  Entrepreneurship is one of the most lucrative fields of study in the 21st century because it provides students with a host of opportunities to carve a niche tailored to their skills, talents, and passions.

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