Center for Entrepreneurship – College of Business

Established in 1986, EMU’s Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) strives to enhance a culture of entrepreneurship…

Established in 1986, EMU’s Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) strives to enhance a culture of entrepreneurship in the EMU community by supporting a strong entrepreneurship curriculum and offering a variety of co-curricular programs. The CFE also encourages local entrepreneurship by engaging EMU students and faculty in innovation, business creation and growth in southeast Michigan.


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2020 Sesi Entrepreneurship and Skandalaris BP Competition

Academic Curriculum

This includes a major in entrepreneurship for College of Business (COB) students pursuing a bachelor’s in business administration (B.B.A) program, a minor in entrepreneurship for students outside the COB, graduate certificate (both face-to-face and online) in entrepreneurship for anyone with a bachelor’s degree and finally, a specialization in entrepreneurship for master’s in business administration students.

Entrepreneurship Programs

Skandalaris Business Plan Competition

In its eighth year, university (and high school) students compete in separate categories for a chance at thousands in prize money, with the top three placers presenting their plans at the Sesi Entrepreneurship Conference in February. All EMU students are eligible to compete and we happily accept plans that are part of a group project for class. 

Sesi Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference

An annual entrepreneurship conference in March celebrating entrepreneurship, the event features high school and college students from Midwest region and notable business leaders/entrepreneurs. The conference is designed to foster an entrepreneurship student culture in our region. Students and instructors and community members from our region are invited to attend this free, flagship event presented by the EMU’s Center for Entrepreneurship. Our student organization(CEO Club) members take an active part in executing this event.

Elevator Pitch Competition

This event is open for all EMU students and takes place at the end of the winter semester every year. For the competition, students put together a two minute PowerPoint presentation or other visual presentation of the venture they have in mind with a short, executive summary for their group of potential investors. Traditionally, numerous students from across campus compete every year. 

MGMT 488 Field Studies in Entrepreneurship

This course acts as a catalyst and matches small businesses and non-profit organizations with EMU faculty-led teams of advanced students who participate in projects as significant parts of their course work. CFE is also involved in the execution of the field studies in entrepreneurship courses. If you are a local business and want to participate during the Winter 2020 student project please complete the form available here.

Entrepreneurship Research

CFE promotes entrepreneurship research and offers funding for two-faculty led research projects each year. CFE also organizes an entrepreneurship research brown bag for the entire EMU faculty each year.

Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO Club)

CFE supports the EMU chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, which maintains an active program of events for students at EMU, as well as area community colleges and high schools. Contact Dr. Ratan Dheer at [email protected], faculty advisor, if you want to learn more about CEO.

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