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About Us

The Center for Entrepreneurship is a primary point of contact for entrepreneurship development at the College of Charleston. Adopting the University blueprint espoused by Brad Feld, the goal of our Center is to be a:

  • Pipeline – magnet, teacher and pipeline of entrepreneurial talent
  • Community catalyst – nerve center for startups and information spillovers
  • Insight – source of insight about startups and communities

We support our regional entrepreneurial partners such as the Harbor Accelerator, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) and the Small Business Administration in growing entrepreneurship in the Lowcountry, and South Carolina.   We enthusiastically support student entrepreneurs to start and grow responsible businesses.

Our Mission

The Center for Entrepreneurship seeks to support College of Charleston students across all disciplines in the development of an entrepreneurial mindset through experiential activities.

Celebrating Entrepreneurship at the College of Charleston

The Center for Entrepreneurship directs its resources and energies to providing experiential activities that assists students in developing an entrepreneurial mindset. We connect our students to the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem encapsulating guest speakers, mentors, judges, etc. This focus ties directly into the College’s strategic plan to provide enhanced “opportunities for experiential learning” (Goal 2) and “contribute to the well-being of the region” (Goal 2). 

Students can select from nine unique entrepreneurship courses to complete an Entrepreneurship Concentration or an Entrepreneurship Minor.  Check out the syllabi for entrepreneurial courses here. Additionally, students can participate in the following experiential activities:

  • Honors Living and Learning Center for Entrepreneurship 
  • ImpactX accelerator with over $20,000 in student prizes
  • ProtoX 3-d prototyping
  • Stuart Williams Impact Scholars
  • Alphidia Innovation Award to create a business on Amazon Web Services with $3,000 in awards
  • Entrepreneurial Mentorship Program – three programs, 68 students
  • DEMOS Elevator pitch competitions with $2,000 in awards
  • Student Entrepreneur of the Year Contest with 29  entries
  • Weekly events including from Great Entrepreneur Speaker Series, The Tommy Baker Entrepreneurship Hour, Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs Summit, Impact Investors ball and Global Entrepreneurship Week
  •  Outstanding advisory board of seasoned entrepreneurs and mentors

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Enactus

Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world. 

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