The entrepreneurship and small business department values experiential learning and direct contact with businesses, practitioners and entrepreneurs, and provides students majoring in entrepreneurship and small business management with 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.
Entrepreneurship Club: A Quinnipiac University chapter of the national Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization, the Entrepreneurship Club is an exciting organization founded in March 2013 that is dedicated to bolstering inventive students, their ideas and their entrepreneurial spirit. Not only can students share their own business ideas and network with fellow peers, but they also can participate in regular meetings and lectures to hear from some of the most successful entrepreneurs Quinnipiac University has to offer. The Quinnipiac Entrepreneurship Club welcomes all students who have an interest in business, entrepreneurship, technology and the drive and desire to create a product or business and take it to the top.
QU Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition: Each year, the department sponsors a business plan competition that awards cash prizes to winning student businesses. Faculty facilitate and encourage students to enter the competition and assist students in their planning efforts.
Statewide business plan competition: 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.