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.

Whats happening with the Center-

Next Event:

March 15th Featuring keynote speaker -

Corie Dumdie Barry '97
CFO and Executive Vice President of Best Buy
"Unexpected Leadership" 

11:30 - Registration and Social

12:00-1:30 - Lunch and Program 

Register HERE

Event is on location at Jax Cafe in Minneapolis

These events are offered for alumni/nae who are entrepreneurs and those who support them. Hosted at varius locations in the  Minneapolis areas this series features speakers who are unsung successful alum entrepreneurs. Contact Kelli Gradin at the Entrepreneurship Center 320-363-2065 for more information.

Sponsors cover the majority of expenses to make these luncheons possible. Thank you Sponsors!  

2018 Event Sponsors-

February 21st was our 10th annual

And what a success it was! We had a packed house, wonderful panelists, and judges, 10 amazing student contestants, and a hilarious emcee. We got to honor Eric, and our amazing entrepreneurial students! Next year will be hard to top this 10th annual event!

What is the Eric Rego Big Idea Competition?  This competition is in honor of Eric Rego, an E-1 who graduated in 2006. Eric sadly passed away in 2008. To celebrate Eric, and the Entrepreneurial spirit in our students we have created the Eric Rego Big Idea Competition! Over 110 video applications were submitted. Out of those 110, 10 were selected to compete on stage by pitching a 90 second business idea to a group of panelists, and judges for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Over $1400 in cash prizes will be given away!

 Couldnt attend, but want to see what everyone is talking about? Watch the Live Video Stream



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Other News and Information

Become an Entrepreneur Scholar!

Family PhotoJoin our crazy family! Embolden your entrepreneurial spirit with the Entrepreneur Scholar program. This program is a competitive three-semester course load that challenges students to create and launch a business venture. Some examples include Clemens Perk, Extending the Link, and Perk Body Scrub. You and your cohort will travel to Silicon Valley to meet with companies such as Google, to Hong Kong to learn about international business, and finally to Denver, Colorado to compete in a business pitch competition. Life as an E-Scholar is difficult, but the connections and skills acquired are priceless. Apply now for the 2018-2020 cohort! All are welcome, regardless of major

Come to our Events!

Event The Center hosts multiple events throughout the year. We host the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (pictured to the left), where three Johnnie/Bennie alumni are honored for their entrepreneurial work following graduation. We also host student oriented events with cash prizes! These include the David Forster Spark-to-Start event and the Eric Rego Pitch Competition. Don't miss out on our Center Mentors and Square Table events as well! A lot is going on, so keep an eye on our current events list (below), download our calendar, and join our mailing list to stay in touch with everything happening here at the McNeely Center.

Entrepreneur Scholars Program

We are now in the process of interviewing, and selecting our 15th cohort of Entrepreneur Scholars.  Click here to hear what our current Entrepreneur Scholars have to say about the progam!

There’s a moment of truth that stands between innovators and entrepreneurs. Within that moment, you start something – a venture all your own. Everything after that is merely figuring it out. The McNeely Center provides a thoughtful blend of education, mentorship and encouragement to students from any major. With guidance and advice from McNeely staff, faculty and alum mentors, our students don’t simply wrestle with ambiguity. They embrace it.

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