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Want To Make an Impact on NC Communities? Consider the Ag Entrepreneurship Minor

student pitching her idea

The Agricultural Entrepreneurship minor delivered by the Agribusiness Clinic for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Analysis and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics prepares students to lead with purpose and to make impacts on North Carolina’s communities through active classroom engagement that use a clinical model of instruction. The minor equips students with foundational skills necessary for entrepreneurship and innovation. Students learn by doing with the goal to add value to themselves and all North Carolina communities.


This minor is available to undergraduates in all majors. Courses in the minor cover the basic mindset, principles and practices of entrepreneurship, including how to start a new business and how to add value to an existing business. These entrepreneurial skills are valuable in all career areas.


Student teams work on projects with agricultural and non-agricultural businesses in all of our entrepreneurship courses. We also form teams around entrepreneurship projects that students bring to our classes. Students participate in poster and pitch contests judged by entrepreneurs and investors.


Students build entrepreneurial skills and build their network as they advance through the sequence of three courses that focus on a clinical model of instruction. The clinical model serves students by facilitating learning at first through a traditional lecture environment where they learn entrepreneurial skills and then engage in real-world projects where they can have an impact on a current market problem.

Additionally, students take two free elective courses that enhance their own specialty and provide depth to a field of their choosing. Common free electives chosen by students and offered by the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics include Agricultural Exports and Supply Chain, Agricultural/Food Supply Chain, International Trade, Commodities and Trade, Advanced Marketing, Analytics and specialty courses in different fields of public policy such as Food Policy and Environmental Policy.


Students interested in adding the Agricultural Entrepreneurship minor or becoming more involved with the Agribusiness Clinic for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Analysis should reach out to the Student Clinic Manager, Seeby Jarvis-Earle, at

Classes for the minor are open for enrollment for Spring 2024, consider adding this minor to add value to oneself and broaden one’s understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship which is needed to better all North Carolina businesses and the communities that interact with them.