Center for Entrepreneurship

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.


Gender Equity Pitch Competition 

The School of Business invites women students of all disciplines to enter our Gender Equality Pitch Competition. Up to 7 students will be selected to present a one-slide, one-minute elevator pitch describing a gender equality problem and their solution. The finale of the elevator pitch presentations will be held in the Wells Fargo Auditorium (Beatty Center) on Thursday, October 14th (1:40 - 2:55) at our annual Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs summit.

The winning team can will up to $1,000. In order to apply, please fill out the following Google Form by October 7th: 


SC Innovates Pitch Competition

16 colleges and universities in South Carolina are partnering together to launch the second SC Innovates Pitch Competition.  This statewide, virtual format encourages any and all South Carolina college students to develop and pitch their promising business ideas and compete for $10,000+ in cash prizes. Please see the attached PDF for details.

Last year, out of 77 entries from 15 SC Universities, the College of Charleston had 5 semi-finalists and 4 runner-ups. Two College of Charleston teams were winners:

  1. AVIO – Jody Bell, Rex Bingham and Caroline Greer won 3rd place overall and $1,500
  2. Easy Trac –  Dylan Outlaw, Cynara Cooper, Channing Smith and Brandon Alston won the People’s Poll and $500

 To learn more and apply, click here!

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Great Entrepreneur Speaker Series

Great Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

Every Thursday | 12:15 - 1:30 p.m. | Wells Fargo Auditorium | School of Business 

Each semester the Center for Entrepreneurship sponsors the Great Entrepreneurship Series in an effort to bring successful and relevant entrepreneurs and business leaders to campus. Every Thursday during the fall and spring semesters different speakers share their experiences to help inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs!

Check out some of our Entrepreneurship Speaker Series Page!

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” 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 Entrepreneurship Minor.

Additionally, students have multiple opportunities including:

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.
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