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Fostering Innovation

About the Schulze School

From Ideas to Execution, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Happens Here

The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship provides undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs, executive education, community resources and seed capital for student and alumni ventures. Located in Schulze Hall on the St. Thomas Minneapolis campus, the Schulze School is the only of its kind within a business school, housing world-class centers and institutes including the Family Business Center and the Small Business Development Center. In addition to serving our business students, we engage cross-campus, cross-disciplinary students and professionals to participate in entrepreneurial education and activities, and access our resource centers.

Richard Schulze, Best Buy founder, listens to an interview with Daymond John during E-Fest in Schulze Hall in Minneapolis.

About Richard M. Schulze

The Schulze School’s primary benefactor is Richard M. “Dick” Schulze, who is the founder and chairman emeritus of Best Buy. Thanks to his generous gift, we were able to build Schulze Hall, home of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. Mr. Schulze is a firm believer in the power of entrepreneurial action to generate effective solutions to societal challenges, to create products and services that enhance the quality of life of the people they serve, and to build organizations that provide jobs and drive economic growth and wellbeing.

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Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship
Professor of Engineering with Joint Appointment in Entrepreneurship
Professor in Entrepreneurship
Headshot of Alec Johnson AnnMarie Thomas headshot Opus College of Business professor David Deeds speaks in Schulze Hall auditorium during the Fowler Business Challenge.

Alec Johnson, PhD

Alec Johnson has published in entrepreneurship and strategy journals with his work focusing on entrepreneurial strategy and finance. In 2013, Johnson and colleague James Ebben developed the innovative Lemonade Stand Class, which earned the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship® 2013 award for Special Recognition in Entrepreneurship Education Innovation.
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AnnMarie Thomas, PhD

AnnMarie Thomas focuses her research on design process and prototyping, and the ways creativity and play can enhance learning environments. She is the founder and director of the St. Thomas Playful Learning Lab, which invites students to look at engineering challenges through a playful lens.
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David Deeds, PhD

In addition serving on the St. Thomas faculty, David Deeds is an award-winning entrepreneur. His current research interests include new venture growth and adaptation, technological discontinuities and technology commercialization.
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