College of Business

473 Gary Owen Building

300 W. Michigan Ave.

Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

734.487.4140

cob_dean@emich.edu

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Sanjib Chowdhury, Ph.D. 
Director
457 Owen
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
734.487.2215 | Fax: 734.481.3354

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Center for 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.

The CFE is mainly engaged in the following areas of curricular and co-curricular programs:

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.  2018 competition site is ready for you to enter your business plan. Please register and submit your plans (High school and college categories) by January 8 using the following URL: https://app.reviewr.com/s1/site/Skandalaris-BPC-2018. 

Sesi Entrepreneurship Conference

An annual entrepreneurship conference in February celebrating entrepreneurship, the event features notable business leaders/entrepreneurs. The conference is designed to foster an entrepreneurship culture in EMU. Students and instructors from the entire campus are invited to attend our free, flagship event presented by the center. 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. Stay tuned for more details on this program.

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.

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 Mr. Len Sholtis, faculty advisor, if you want to learn more about CEO.

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