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.
2021 Sesi Midwestern Entrepreneurship Conference
The annual entrepreneurship conference will be held as an online Webinar on Friday, March 12 celebrating entrepreneurship. Registration for free.
2021 Skandalaris Business Plan Competition
2021 Competition is open for applications. Students from universities/colleges and high schools from the Midwest region are eligible to compete for cash prizes. Please click on the following link for more information and submit your plan. Apply now.
2020 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.
Fall 2020 Elevator Pitch Competition Winners
- Pradeep Chowdhry Award for the First Place:
- Kyle Way
- 2nd Place Award:
- John Haas
- 3rd Place Award:
- Mary Hemgesberg
- Social Impact Award:
- Lily Merritt
Fall 2020 Entrepreneur Speakers Series
This speaker series offers an opportunity for students and community members who are interested in entrepreneurship mindset to network and learn from successful entrepreneurs. Please register free for attending Fall 2020 Speaker events:
- Kylee Guenther: Scheduled webinar on October 14, 5 p.m.
- Chris Kaufman: Scheduled webinar on November 12, 5 p.m.
2020 Skandalaris Business Plan Competition
Congratulations to the Finalists!
- Caio Avanzini (From EMU) Presentation
- Brendan Wang (from MSU) Presentation
- Quinn Favret (UM-Ann Arbor) Presentation
High School presentations
We look forward to welcoming you to the 2021 Sesi Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference and Skandalaris Business Plan Competition.
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
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. Students from universities and colleges from the Midwest region 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.
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.
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.