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Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University
350 Simons Hall
Collegeville, MN 56321

Margrette Newhouse, Director
[email protected]
320-363-2870

Kelli Gradin, Coordinator
[email protected]
320-363-2065

Center for Entrepreneurship
Student Employee
320-363-2764
[email protected]

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Entrepreneur Scholars visit with some of America's most innovative business leaders.

Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship

The Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship is an entrepreneurship education resource that provides classes, coaching and assistance to entrepreneurs. It builds relationships among and between CSB/SJU students, faculty, alumnae/i, and community members to create and strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit.

Entrepreneur Scholars visit Silicon Valley

Over Spring Break, the 13th cohort of Entrepreneur Scholars traveled to Silicon Valley to experience first-hand one of the biggest start up areas in the world. These students spent five days touring companies, conducting informational interviews, and soaking in the Entrepreneurial Spirit of this amazing region! Below is one of the videos some of the students created on their scavenger hunt!

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3coAIGJ9ea8

A celebration of the most influential and successful Entrepreneur alumnae/i of Saint John's University and the College of Saint Benedict

September 27th, 2017
5:00-8:00pm


The Metropolitan Ballroom & Clubroom.
5418 Wayzata Boulevard Golden Valley, MN 55416

Invitation, and link to register coming soon!

SJU Entrepreneur of the Year:

This award recognizes the achievements of a Johnnie who best exemplifies the ideals of entrepreneurship by starting and successfully managing one or more businesses in a way that demonstrates notable entrepreneurial characteristics and achievements while practicing Benedictine values in the workplace and in their lives.

CSB Entrepreneur of the Year:

This award recognizes the achievements of a Bennie who best exemplifies the ideals of entrepreneurship by starting and successfully managing one or more businesses in a way that demonstrates notable entrepreneurial characteristics and achievements while practicing Benedictine values in the workplace and in their lives.

CSB/SJU Social Entrepreneur of the Year:

This award recognizes the achievements and qualities of a Johnnie or Bennie who best exemplifies the ideals of social entrepreneurship by starting and successfully managing one or more ventures that enriches humanity or addresses a social issue in a way that demonstrates notable entrepreneurial characteristics and achievements while practicing Benedictine values in the workplace and in their lives.

2016 Winners:

  • College of Saint Benedict Winner - Darlene Miller '71, Permac Industries
  • Saint John's University Winner - Brian Kueppers '89, Apex Revenue Technologies
  • CSB/SJU Social Entrepreneur Winner - Brother Paul Richards '78, Saint John's Boys Choir, and the Benedictine Volunteer Corps
  • Read about past winners.

10 for 10 Campaign

As The Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship at CSB/SJU continues to celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are proud to mark a decade of impressive success and launch our 10 for 10 fundraising drive to fully endow the Center. If you are interested in more information about the Center and/or our fundraising efforts, please contact Center Director, Margrette Newhouse, at [email protected].

Donate online:

Bennies Donate Here! Johnnies Donate Here!

Learn more about our Center and the 10 for 10 campaign:

Current Events

Entrepreneurial Leadership Series Luncheons

Next luncheon is May 11, featuring keynote speaker Sandy Pfefferle Forster.

Are you interested in attending our Entrepreneurial Leadership Series Luncheons? Email Kelli Gradin at [email protected] to be added to our invitation list!

This luncheon is offered for alumni/nae who are entrepreneurs and those who support them. Hosted at the Minneapolis Club in downtown Minneapolis this luncheon series features speakers who are unsung successful alum entrepreneurs. The luncheon is by invitation only. Contact Kelli Gradin at [email protected] or by phone at 320-363-2065 for more information, and to be added to the list.

Donald McNeely Center welcomes 12 new students into the 2017-2019 Entrepreneur Scholars Program

Below are the Entrepreneur Scholars selected for the 2017-2019 school years. These 12 students were selected in a competitive process for the Entrepreneurial Studies Program. Welcome E-14's!

  • Bridget Erickson, CSB              Global Business Leadership
  • Lucas Harmon, SJU                 Accounting and Finance
  • Hayden Lacy, SJU                   Global Business Leadership
  • Bardia Bijani Aval, SJU            Biology and Physics
  • Anahi Ortiz-Acosta, CSB          Global Business Leadership
  • Muqkadeen Poole, SJU            Peace Studies
  • Gary Harala, SJU                    Economics
  • Joe Caughey, SJU                   Global Business Leadership
  • Jacob Kirsch, SJU                   Mathematics
  • Samantha Halseth, CSB          Art
  • Will Gillach, SJU                     Integrated Health Science
  • David Johnson, SJU                Communications

Contact Us

Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University
350 Simons Hall
Collegeville, MN 56321

Margrette Newhouse, Director
[email protected]
320-363-2870

Kelli Gradin, Coordinator
[email protected]
320-363-2065

Center for Entrepreneurship
Student Employee
320-363-2764
[email protected]

Read story:

Entrepreneur Scholars visit with some of America's most innovative business leaders.