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From Ideas to Execution, Entrepreneurs Grow Here

The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship

Princeton Top 50 Undergraduate ProgramsThe Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, ranked one of Princeton Review's top programs for entrepreneurship and #1 in Minnesota, is a one-of-a-kind center for entrepreneurial education and community resources. We offer 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, the Schulze School cultivates the next generation of entrepreneurial problem solvers and innovators.

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.
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Business Support During Challenging Times

The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the Family Business Center and Small Business Development Center, provides webinars, resources, and on-demand videos for businesses dealing with COVID-19 and other uncertain times.

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.
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Schulze Innovation Fund

The Schulze Innovation Fund invests in St. Thomas entrepreneurial students and alumni to help them launch and develop their businesses.
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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.
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When you stumble upon a great idea, what’s the best strategy for success?
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Jason Utgaard's eco-friendly products include recycled skateboard coasters and fire hose wallets.
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St. Thomas prepares students to start a business venture, contribute to an existing company and be business leaders in their local communities.
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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.
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Over $100,000 is awarded annually in St. Thomas entrepreneurship student competitions.
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Undergraduate alumni who engaged with the Schulze School in the last 10 years have raised $42.9 million in funding.

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03/26/20

Fast-tracking Crisp and Green’s Meal Kit Service

Kaylee Jackley ’14, ’19 MBA, project coordinator at Crisp & Green (C&G), was instrumental in the launch of the restaurant chain's new meal kit service, Crisp @ Home.

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03/19/20

Faculty, STELAR Lead Massive Shift to Online Learning

The spread of coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease it causes has had an unprecedented impact on life around the globe. Within the St. Thomas community, that impact is being felt in a myriad of ways, including in a full shift to online learning.

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03/12/20

Update on St. Thomas’ Response to COVID-19

President Julie Sullivan has announced all classes will temporarily move online starting Monday, March 16. No in-person classes will be held until Tuesday, April 14 (students’ first day back from the Easter holiday), at the earliest.

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