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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.
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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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01 / 03

What's an Accidental Entrepreneur?

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

Meet the Ecopreneur Who Loves to Talk Trash

Jason Utgaard's eco-friendly products include recycled skateboard coasters and fire hose wallets.
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03 / 03

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.
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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.
$42M
Undergraduate alumni who engaged with the Schulze School in the last 10 years have raised $42.9 million in funding.

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06/21/21

An Update on the Melrose and The Toro Company Center for Principled Leadership

As the Melrose and The Toro Company Center for Principled Leadership at the University of St. Thomas approaches the one-year anniversary of its transition from the former Center for Ethics in Practice, the Newsroom connected with Academic Director Dr. Christopher Michaelson and Executive Director Dr. Nicole Zwieg Daly on highlights, podcasts, award nominations, books to read this summer and more.

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06/21/21

Outside Consultant: As the Economy Emerges from the Pandemic, What Can I Do to Keep Turnover Low?

Kevin Henderson, a professor in the Management Department at the Opus College of Business, provided recommendations on how companies can keep turnover low post-pandemic.

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06/14/21

St. Thomas Hosts Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge Global Finals

Student social innovators with inspiring ideas ranging from ecological bricks made from plastic waste to programs that create meaningful, one-on-one connections between youth and older adults competed virtually June 11 to win a share of more than $60,000 in seed funding at the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge (Fowler GSIC) Global Finals.

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