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Center for Entrepreneurship

The goal of Saint Louis University’s Entrepreneurship Center is to help entrepreneurs combine their business passion with the planning skills taught in a world-class institution, to produce high-performing organizations. Our mission is: to deliver and develop world-class entrepreneurship education for all.


About the Center

Started in 1987, the Center for Entrepreneurship is only the 23rd such center to be established in the United States. Our Center is known for its innovative approach to entrepreneurship.

The Center has been a national leader in developing and delivering innovative programs to promote entrepreneurship through education. Our nationally-ranked programs promote economic growth by encompassing “Passion. Compassion. Planning. Performance.”

The Center’s programs are based upon partnerships between the Center and interested members of the community. Entrepreneurs and those who support entrepreneurship have contributed their time, insights, and financial supports to help the Center deliver an unprecedented range and quality of programs.

The Center for Entrepreneurship is always eager to meet with individuals and organizations that share our vision of building a region of entrepreneurs and have interest in forming relationships to help make that happen.

The excellence of the Center for Entrepreneurship is tied to the tireless efforts of dedicated volunteers who help connect the Center to the community through delivering and expanding the diverse offerings of the Center. These include members of our Advisory Board, and also, more than 100 volunteers annually who work on our competitions, classes, and other programs to help build a region of entrepreneurs.


What is Entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurship is the engine of local, national and global economies. Entrepreneurship is an opportunity open to all, regardless of age, race, or nationality.

Entrepreneurship reflects the mindset originally identified with those who start their own business — those with:

  • a willingness to take on risks and challenges to achieve their dreams,
  • a passionate focus on their product or service and the needs of those who would benefit from it,
  • an interest in innovation, or
  • a desire to be the first into a market or the first to make use of new technologies or rules, or the first to offer an improvement on what people are used to.

The talents of classic entrepreneurs can benefit big corporations, non-profits, and even government, and at Saint Louis University, we teach our students that entrepreneurship can occur in corporate, social and independent ventures.


Entrepreneurial Leadership

Entrepreneurial Leadership reflects the special type of skill displayed by entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurial leaders engage and inspire others to believe in the entrepreneur’s dream.

  • It is leadership not of what “is” but what “can be” because entrepreneurs often must find supporters in order to launch their product or service.
  • It is a leadership that is acutely aware of the need to tread lightly on resources and the community. It is also front-line leadership, because an entrepreneurial leader is clearly in the trenches with their people all the time, leading the way to the brighter imagined future.
  • It is the leadership of birth and rebirth, retrenchment and renewal, and it is the form of leadership that leads to redirection and new directions.