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Requirements

Curricular and Co-Curricular Requirements

 The Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program is a joint undergraduate Bachelors and Masters (3+1) degree program.

Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program students must pursue an undergraduate business major as well as a minor in Venture Creation. A second minor in Entrepreneurship is required of students who are not Entrepreneurship majors. Students will also pursue a graduate degree in Business Administration (MBA) or Real Estate Development (MSRED) degree.

After completion of the Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program, students are eligible to receive a Minor in Entrepreneurship and a Minor in Venture Creation, noted on the student’s transcript.

 Academic Four-Year Plans

Minor in Venture Creation – 15 Total Credits

(Open to Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program and Huizenga Business Innovation Academy Students Only)

Required Courses

ENT 2100 Huizenga Academy Studio—Part I (3 credits)
ENT 2110 Huizenga Academy Studio—Part II (6 credits)
ENT 2000 Entrepreneurial Opportunities & Analysis (3 credits)
ENT 3000 Running Your Business (2 credits)
ENT 3010 Maturing Business (1 credit)

Upon completion of the Venture Creation minor coursework, students will be able to

  • Conduct survey research, develop questionnaires, interpret the results, and analyze the viability of an on-campus, student-run business venture
  • Evaluate business opportunities, create, design, implement, and run an on-campus, student-run business
  • Communicate effectively through oral and written business venture creations plans and funding pitches
  • Utilize technological tools and software to develop and initiate a marketing campaign for an on-campus, student-run business
  • Initiate appropriate social media platform(s) and determine frequency of use
  • Create advertising and promotional materials
  • Research and determine ideal business locations and operating hours
  • Prepare/Complete exit strategy for on-campus, student-run business

YEAR 1

Curricular

Fall Semester

  • ENT 3100: Small Business Management

Winter Semester

  • ENT 2000: Entrepreneurial Opportunities & Analysis

Summer 1

  • ENT 2100: Huizenga Academy Studio
  • ENT 3900: Internship

Co-Curricular

Note: Throughout the four-year Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program, mandatory bi-monthly Conclave Meetings always held from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. on Thursday’s in Fall Semester and Wednesday’s in Winter Semester. Do not schedule any classes, campus activities, work or outside commitments during these times. Each year a schedule of bi-monthly meeting dates provided.
  • Prepare and Present an Elevator Pitch
  • Attend Bi-Monthly Conclave Meetings
  • Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Student Mentor/Mentee Meetings
  • Mentoring and Networking Opportunities
  • Shark Pitch Presentation
  • Business Plan Development with Huizenga Business College Faculty and Others
  • Distinguished Lecture Series Meeting(s)
  • Entrepreneur and Executive in Residence (EEIR) Sessions
  • Student Organization Membership
  • Portfolio Development

Campus Involvement

Razor’s Edge Shark Cage students present an Elevator Pitch and a Shark Pitch to Huizenga Business College faculty, NSU administrators, and fellow Shark Cage and Huizenga Business Innovation Academy students for evaluation and recommendations and utilize the feedback in further developing their on-campus business idea.
Shark Cage students are required to join or create a campus student club or organization, participate in bi-monthly conclave meetings and service days, Entrepreneur and Executive in Residence sessions, Distinguished Lecture series, Shark Preview Weekends, and begin developing a student portfolio.

YEAR 2

Curricular

Fall Semester
  • ENT 2000: Entrepreneurial Opportunities & Analysis
  • ENT 4400: Franchise Management
Winter Semester
  • ENT 3100: Small Business Management
Summer 2
  • ENT 2110: Huizenga Academy Studio

Co-Curricular

  • Attend Bi-Monthly Conclave Meetings
  • Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Student Mentor/Mentee Meetings
  • Mentoring and Networking Opportunities
  • Distinguished Lecture Series Meeting(s)
  • Executive in Residence Meeting(s)
  • Student Organization Membership and/or Leadership Position
  • Portfolio Development

Campus Involvement

Razor’s Edge Shark Cage student(s) serve as CEO and lead a team of Huizenga Business Innovation Academy students in creating, opening, and operating an on-campus business, student-run business that engages the campus community during their third year. Students will create a business plan; make a presentation to gain start-up financing, including financial analysis for viability of the business; meet with various NSU departments to understand logistical, legal, and other issues related to getting their business ready to launch; and, prepare their exit strategy for the business.

Shark Cage students are required to join or create a campus student club or organization, participate in bi-monthly conclave meetings and service days, Entrepreneur and Executive in Residence sessions, Distinguished Lecture series, and Shark Preview Weekends. Students will serve as mentors to younger Shark Cage students and continue working on their student portfolio.

YEAR 3

Curricular

Fall Semester
  • ENT 3000: Running Your Business
Winter Semester
  • ENT 3010: Maturing Business
  • ENT 3200: Global Trading for Entrepreneurs
Summer 3

Co-Curricular

  • Launch and Operate an On-Campus, Student-Run Business
  • Serve as CEO Leading a Team of Huizenga Business Innovation Academy Students in the On-Campus, Student-Run Business
  • Provide Exit Strategy for On-Campus, Student-Run Business
  • Attend Bi-Monthly Conclave Meetings
  • Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Student Mentor/Mentee Meetings
  • Mentoring and Networking Opportunities
  • Distinguished Lecture Series Meeting(s)
  • Entrepreneur and Executive in Residence Sessions
  • Student Organization Leadership Role
  • Portfolio Development

Campus Involvement

Razor’s Edge Shark Cage students are encouraged to hold a leadership position in a business club or other club or organization on campus. Shark Cage students are required to join or create a campus student club or organization, participate in bi-monthly conclave meetings and service days, Entrepreneur and Executive in Residence sessions, Distinguished Lecture series, and Shark Preview Weekends. Students will serve as mentors to younger Shark Cage students and continue working on their student portfolio.

YEAR 4

Curricular

 Academic Four-Year Plans

Co-Curricular

  • Attend Bi-Monthly Conclave Meetings
  • Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Student Mentor/Mentee Meetings
  • Mentoring and Networking Opportunities
  • Distinguished Lecture Series Meeting(s)
  • Entrepreneur and Executive in Residence Sessions
  • GSBA Membership
  • Portfolio Completion

Campus Involvement

Razor’s Edge Shark Cage students are encouraged to belong to GSBA and hold a leadership position. Shark Cage students are required to participate in bi-monthly conclave meetings and service days, Entrepreneur and Executive in Residence sessions, Distinguished Lecture series, and Shark Preview Weekends. Students will serve as mentors to younger Shark Cage students and complete their student portfolio.

Other Requirements

  • Student must remain in good Academic and Conduct standing with NSU at all times.
  • Student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of each semester, failure to maintain this minimum GPA may result in dismissal from the Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program.
  • Student must earn a grade of “B” (3.0) or better in each course used to satisfy the Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program Minor requirements.
  • All credit hours used to satisfy the Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program major or minor requirements must be earned at Nova Southeastern University.
  • No credit by exam (TSD, Military, Dual Enrollment, CLEP, IB, etc.) may be used to meet the Minor requirements.
  • The Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program Minor awarded only upon completion of the undergraduate degree.
  • Student must live in on-campus housing for each year he/she participates in the Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program and will reside within the designated Razor’s Edge communities.
  • The Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program scholarship is NOT additive to any additional major institutional awards (Presidents, Presidents Premier, Dean’s, etc.), and it is not amendable in terms of directed allocations.
  • Student must work with advisors and the Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program administrators to organize his/her schedule to maximize academic progress while completing the Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program requirements.
  • Student must organize his/her academic schedule to meet the minor requirements, all conclave meetings, and all co-curricular requirements.
  • Student will play an active role in developing opportunities, assisting with operations, and managing tasks internal to the Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program.
  • Student will be responsible for starting and running an on-campus business which will engage the faculty, staff and students of Nova Southeastern University with a micro-loan, which he/she will receive from the university, and serving as CEO of the business to a team of students from the Huizenga Business Innovation Academy.
  • Student will demonstrate active participation in NSU student organizations by mid-term of the Freshmen Fall semester and develop progressive responsibilities including leadership roles in student organizations while at NSU.
  • Failure to uphold the stated programmatic values or failure to meet any of the program requirements can result in dismissal from the program.  Dismissal can result in the loss of all scholarships and program privileges during that semester or subsequent semesters/academic years.  This is inclusive of Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program scholarship towards housing (if dismissal occurs after Drop/Add period) and/or subsequent academic year(s) and including housing).
  • Student will be responsible for starting and running an on-campus business with a micro-loan, which he/she will receive from the university, and which will engage the faculty, staff and students of Nova Southeastern University.
  • The Razor’s Edge Shark Cage Scholars Program participants are expected to understand that as the program develops there may be changes to expectations.
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