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From Ideas to Execution, Entrepreneurs Grow Here

The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship

For the second year in a row, the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship is the #1 ranked school in Minnesota by the Princeton Review. We also rank among the nation's top three Catholic universities and colleges for students studying entrepreneurship.

The Schulze School offers undergraduate and graduate programs in entrepreneurship and corporate innovation, as well as community resources to support new ventures, family businesses and corporate entrepreneurs. In a world of challenges, we cultivate the next generation of entrepreneurial problem solvers and innovators.

Princeton Review top 50 undergraduate entrepreneurship programs of 2021

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Action

At the Schulze School, we teach students to use entrepreneurial skills to solve problems that matter and create value for others. Learn to:

  • Identify and evaluate new opportunities
  • Transform innovations into sustainable businesses
  • Forge connections with fellow student innovators and seasoned entrepreneurs
  • Build a solid foundation for long-term success.
The education you’ll receive at the Schulze School is experiential and practical, and you’ll learn both in the classroom and out in the field. You’ll gain highly applicable, concrete skills to use in the real world, whether you start your own business or drive innovation and strategic growth for an existing business or social enterprise.

Schulze is more than a school—it’s a hub of innovative thinking that engages students, seasoned entrepreneurs, small businesses, change makers and leaders. Innovators from all disciplines come to the Schulze School to explore new opportunities, make connections and turn their ideas into reality.

Family Business Center

The Family Business Center is a vibrant community of business families, students, researchers and advisers. For nearly 30 years, the Center has offered practical tools and strategies that help individuals, families and businesses function at their best. Monthly breakfasts explore issues that affect the ecosystem of business families.
Family Business Center

Schulze Innovation Fund

The Schulze Innovation Fund invests in St. Thomas entrepreneurial students and alumni to help them launch and develop their businesses.
Schulze Innovation Fund

William C. Norris Institute

The Norris Institute’s seed capital fund invests in innovative Minnesota companies in the early stages of growth. The institute offers this financial support after a rigorous vetting process, and to startups that address important unmet societal needs.
William C. Norris Institute
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What's an Accidental Entrepreneur?

When you stumble upon a great idea, what’s the best strategy for success?
What's an Accidental Entrepreneur?
02 / 03

Meet the Ecopreneur Who Loves to Talk Trash

Jason Utgaard's eco-friendly products include recycled skateboard coasters and fire hose wallets.
Meet the Ecopreneur Who Loves to Talk Trash
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Entrepreneurship: More Than Just Start-ups

St. Thomas prepares students to start a business venture, contribute to an existing company and be business leaders in their local communities.
Entrepreneurship: More Than Just Start-ups
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The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship is ranked nationally as one of Princeton Review's top programs for entrepreneurship and #1 in Minnesota.
427K
Over $427,000 is awarded annually in St. Thomas entrepreneurship student competitions.
$73M
Undergraduate alumni who engaged with the Schulze School in the last 10 years have raised $73,015,877 in funding.

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09/13/21

Outside Consultant: As a Leader, How Do I Step Back in Order to Lead Forward?

This “Outside Consultant” column by Marcella de la Torre, EdD, a faculty member in the Opus College of Business, ran in the Star Tribune on Sept. 6, 2021. As leaders we are constantly asked to do more and juggle complexity while at the same time leading healthy lives. One of my goals this summer was to… The post Outside Consultant: As a Leader, How Do I Step Back in Order to Lead Forward? appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.

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09/06/21

Outside Consultant: With Limited Time and Expertise on Customer Service Training, How Can We Improve Staff Performance?

This “Outside Consultant” column by Mike Porter, EdD, a faculty member in the Marketing Department at Opus College of Business, ran in the Star Tribune on Aug. 30, 2021. Every organization that relies on actual human interaction faces the challenge of employee engagement with customers. Whether on the phone, in person, or even over video chat… The post Outside Consultant: With Limited Time and Expertise on Customer Service Training, How Can We Improve Staff Performance? appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.

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09/03/21

Freshman Innovation Immersion Provides Crash Course in Entrepreneurship

More than 100 first-year students representing 34 majors got a head start on their college careers this week by attending Freshman Innovation Immersion, an annual program by the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. During the two-day workshop, held at the Iversen Center for Faith, students learned the basic principles of entrepreneurship and collaborated in teams to… The post Freshman Innovation Immersion Provides Crash Course in Entrepreneurship appeared first on Newsroom | University of St. Thomas.

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