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.
If you are a business owner or actively starting a business, please complete the study of stress of running or starting a business. The study is anonymous and the information is confidential. The summary results will be available here.
The CFE is mainly engaged in the following areas of curricular and co-curricular programs ( 2017-2018 CFE Activity Report ):
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.
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 finalists will present their business plans at the 2018 Sesi Entrepreneurship Conference on February 9, 2018.
Sesi Midwest 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. 2018 Elevator Pitch Competition was held at SPARK-East on April 13. Congratulations to the winners:
1st Place: Lilly DeRamos; Major: Apparel, Textile Merchandising;
2nd Place: Rachel Lowisz; Major: Dietetics-Intent
3rd Place: Joshua Roach; Major: Product Design & Dev.
3rd Place: Muhammad Ahmad; Major: Business Administration
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 2018 student project please complete the form available here.
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.