University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Swain Center: Executive Education and Economic Development

Horatio Alger Scholarship Program:
e-Business Course on Entrepreneurship

Fully Online

Next Offering: May 20 - June 22, 2020

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Apply now to take this FREE fully online course in entrepreneurship!

(Please note this course is only open to Horatio Alger Scholarship Recipients. It is not open to UNCW students.)

How to Apply

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$1,400 paid for by Horatio Alger for scholarship students who are admissible to UNCW to take the course. You must pass the course or you are responsible for the fee.

Fully Online

Course fee (paid by Horatio Alger) includes:

  • Access to the course materials online
  • Admission fee waiver
  • Transcript to show course completion
  • Get 3 college credits for FREE!
  • Develop entrepreneurial skills by taking a 3-credit course: EBD 380: Entrepreneurship
  • Framed certificate of completion
  • Transcript showing completed course work after student completes the Transcript Request Form within one month of starting the course and emails it to with the Subject Line: HA Transcript Request

The curriculum includes short, focused interviews from some of today’s most influential entrepreneurs have been curated specifically for HAA Scholars. Interviews are being added frequently and currently include:

  • Elon Musk, Tesla and SpaceX 
  • Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn 
  • Drew Houston, Dropbox 
  • Jon Schmidt, The Piano Guys 
  • Richard Branson, Virgin Group 
  • Jeff Bezos,  
  • Zack Kaplan, Inventables 
  • Justin Gold, Justin’s Nut Butter 
  • Mark Ecko, Ecko Unlimited 

This course is designed specifically for  Horatio Alger Scholarship Recipients. UNCW students can not take this course.


  • Must be a Horatio Alger Scholarship Recipient
  • Completed 24 hours of transferable college credit at your home institution.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5
  • Not attend school at one of the 8 states that do not accept distance education transfer credits.
    • Alabama, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

coming soon

This online course in Entrepreneurship is designed so you will learn to:

  • identify business opportunities 
  • conduct business feasibility studies 
  • develop a business plan 
  • evaluate alternative ways of financing new ventures 
  • identify the appropriate form of legal organization 

"I want to share how amazing the students who take this course are. One of our recent students completed the course while working as an intern for NASA. His business proposal, concept and feasibility statement were focused on opening Taekwondo studios in underserved areas using community resources. That makes sense because, in addition to being a rocket scientist and first generation college student, he happens to also be a black belt! Another student just launched her business. She's in the healthcare field and provides training for home health providers."
-Dr. Doug Miller, Course Instructor

Prior students say:

“I loved it!”

“It was really doable and easy to manage and interesting.”

How do I login to Canvas?

  • Login to the course prior to the first day of class to confirm your access
  • Access the course through Canvas:
  • Username: Use the UNCW email address provided in your Admissions Acceptance Letter
  • Password: Default is your birthdate format MONTHDAYYEAR; EXAMPLE 07081980 is July 8, 1980
  • Once logged into Canvas, choose the Courses tab then click on your course
  • If you have trouble logging in contact the Technology Assistance Center at 910-962-4357 or visit their webpage at

How do I view my e-bill?

  1. Visit the Student Accounts website:
  2. Login to E-bill with your UNCW ID number and PIN (provided in your Admissions letter)
  3. E-bill Tutorial:

Doug Miller

Dr. Doug Miller
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship & Management

Doug Miller is an expert on firm innovation, new venture founder commitment, and founder team cohesion. He has been a co-founder of three businesses and is an award-winning professor. He is a frequent speaker on emotional intelligence and published the “Coaching Excellence Benchmark Study” in partnership with Proficient Learning, LLC. His work has been cited in popular press, including the Wall Street Journal¸ and published in leading academic outlets.

Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Prior to VCU, he worked as a tenure track faculty in the Cameron School of Business at UNC Wilmington.

Doug is originally from “Big Sky” country and makes a yearly return to the Rocky Mountains to test his resilience in cold climates above 10,000 feet. Following these adventures, he is always grateful to return to Coastal Carolina.

Doug Miller Education Details
  • PhD, Strategy & Entrepreneurship, Washington State University, 2013
  • MBA, Entrepreneurship, University of Montana, 2009
  • Bachelors, English Literature, Utah State University, 2008