Lowell Stahl Center For Entrepreneurship & Real Estate

The Stahl Center takes the unique approach of integrating support for regional entrepreneurs with hands-on learning opportunities for multi-disciplinary students. The result is a collaborative cycle of understanding, planning, implementing, measuring, and refining strategies for up and coming businesses. Regional entrepreneurs benefit from fresh ideas, enthusiasm and talent from the students, while students gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities involved with starting a business venture.

2014 Courses in Entrepreneurship:

  • Creating A Business Plan (1cr)
  • Business Plan Competition Seminar (1cr)
  • Entrepreneurship in Digital Communication (3cr)
  • International Entrepreneurship (1cr)
  • Entrepreneurship in Information Technology (3)
  • Intro to Entrepreneurship (3)

Stahl Center Initiatives

Business Plan Competition
Is open to all students, graduate and undergraduate, at Lewis University. Students will formulate an idea, develop a business plan, and pitch their idea to a panel of judges. The winner (s) of the competition will win $5,000 to be used towards their business venture.

Elevator Pitch Competition
Is open to all Lewis University students who have a new business idea or product. Before committing to writing a business plan, students can pitch their concept during the competition to get feedback. Cash prizes will be awarded to the three best ideas. Business experience is not necessary to compete.

Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO)
is the premier global entrepreneurship network serving more than 20,000 students through 400 chapters at colleges and universities. Lewis chapter of CEO is a student-led organization that fosters interest in the field of entrepreneurship. Its focus is to inspire, connect, and support students to succeed as entrepreneurs. CEO offers mentoring relationships, activities for entrepreneurship development, and experiential learning through competitions.

Academic Elements
A five credit undergraduate certificate may be earned in Entrepreneurship. Graduate students and alumni are welcome to enroll. Course topics include: Skills & Strategies, Negotiations, Business Ownership, Finance and Creating a Business Plan.

The Stahl Center is also developing a Minor in Entrepreneurship. Which should be launched in Fall 2014.

The Stahl Center of Entrepreneurship is located in Benilde Hall within student lounge area. Contact: Kristin Nance, Director, nancekr@lewisu.edu, Phone: (815) 836-5092.

Special Events

Info Session II, Business Plan Competition
Monday, March 3, 2014
Time: 4pm-5pm
Location: Benilde Hall Student Lounge Area

Letter of Intent Due via email: Business Plan Competition
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Time: Noon-2pm
via email: nancekr@lewisu.edu Letter of Intent

Final Business Plan Competition Submissions due:
Monday, March 31, 2014 by 4PM
via email: nancekr@lewisu.edu

Faculty Scholarly Initiative Funding Program
Submissions due: Thursday April 17, 2014
via email to Kristin Nance nancekr@lewisu.edu

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