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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.

A Year in the Center for Entrepreneurship

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).  The Center for Entrepreneurship reports sustained growth with favorable student outcomes in our academic and experiential initiatives for the past academic year, 2016-2017. The guidance of Dean Alan Shao provides the leadership support that promotes the successful growth of our program.

The Center for Entrepreneurship raised financial commitments of over $100,000 in the past academic year and over $750,000 in the last four years to support a rich program of experiential activities for College of Charleston students across all disciplines. This past academic year, the Center provided over $25,000 in student awards and drew over 1,000 attendees to our events. Highlights include:

  • Events – The Tommy Baker Entrepreneurship Hour (150 attendees), Global Entrepreneurship Week (350 attendees), 2 Demo Days (250 attendees), 2 DEMOS pitch competitions (225 attendees), Pizza and Pitch (30 attendees), and Brown Bag lunch with Brian Popin (12 attendees).
  • Entrepreneurial Mentorship Program – three programs, 68 students
  • ICAT – two cohorts, 13 MVP startups, and over $20,000 in student prizes
  • DEMOS Elevator pitches – two competitions, 184 entries and $2,000 in awards
  • Student Entrepreneur of the Year Contest – 16 entries with collectively over $100,000 in 2016 sales
  • Second cohort of the Entrepreneurship Living and Learning Center hosted by the Honors College

Academically, the Center collaborated to help spur the growth of entrepreneurship classes in the School of Business. In its second year, our foundation class, ENTR 200 Theory and Practice of Entrepreneurship, experienced continued growth with 184 students and a total 387 students participated in all entrepreneurship classes. Overall, we are optimistic that entrepreneurial education that incorporates experiential activities and outreach has a vibrant future here at the College of Charleston.

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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. Learn more about Enactus on its student-run website.

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