The entrepreneurship and small business department values experiential learning and direct contact with businesses, practitioners and entrepreneurs, and so provides students many extracurricular opportunities to expand their skills and stretch their capabilities.
These currently include:
Enactus: Enactus is an international organization that gives students the opportunity to apply what they have learned about the free enterprise system. Enactus challenges students on more than 1,000 college campuses worldwide to take what they are learning in the classroom and use their knowledge to better their communities. Guided by their faculty advisers, Enactus teams design and conduct a variety of community outreach programs that teach free enterprise. For example, they teach concepts such as budgeting, accounting, and supply and demand. They help budding entrepreneurs get their plans off the ground and mentor at-risk students, inspiring them to reach for their dreams.
Quinnipiac University Entrepreneur Success Team is the Quinnipiac University chapter of the national Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization. QUEST's mission is to inform, support and inspire college students in any major to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation. It sponsors activities and events that promote entrepreneurial thought and spirit throughout the Quinnipiac community. QUEST provides global access to and conversations with a network of collegiate and world-renowned successful entrepreneurs through personal appearances and website chat rooms.
Annual business plan competitions: Connecticut Venture Group and the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development sponsor an annual statewide university business plan competition. The competition provides more than $50,000 in prize money to student business plans and is designed to educate students in the process of creating and evaluating business ventures; prepare students for opportunities in entrepreneurship during their future careers; and avail students of the use of the resources and skills of CVG members and venture capitalists to further their educational experience. Faculty facilitate and encourage students to enter the contest and assist them in their planning efforts.
Quinnipiac also sponsors a competition during the spring. This program includes a business model competition and an elevator pitch competition. Students from across disciplines can enter either competition. Students and teams present their plans to a judging panel comprised of business professionals. The competition provides an opportunity for students to showcase business ideas, obtain feedback from business professionals, and win prize money for their business. View more information about this program.