Lowell Stahl Center For Entrepreneurship & Real Estate

Stahl Center Initiatives

Business Plan Competition
This University wide competition is open to all students, graduates and undergraduates and held in the Spring term. Students formulate an idea, develop a business plan, and pitch their idea to a panel of judges. The winner(s) of the competition earn $5,000 to be used towards their business venture.

Elevator Pitch Competition
A University wide competition 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 idea or concept to other students, alumni, faculty and staff and receive immediate feedback. The First and Second place winners are selected by a panel of judges. The Student Choice award is selected by the event attendees.

Entrepreneurship Week (November 9th-12th):
Lewis Entrepreneurship Week (E-Week) is an engaging collection of events focused on all things entrepreneurial within the Lewis U community. E-Week provides Lewis students, alumni, faculty, and staff the opportunity to network and explore activities around entrepreneurship and business startups. All E-Week events are free, and members of the public may attend.

Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO)
is the premier global entrepreneurship network serving more than 20,000 students through 400 chapters at colleges and universities. The 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

Entrepreneurship Certificate:
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.

Entrepreneurship Minor:
This minor is designed to be an interdisciplinary program allowing students in any major to learn the process of entrepreneurship. The Minor is founded on the understanding that there is a common process for the realization of new ventures, and provides students with the background to undertake entrepreneurial activity in whatever realm they wish to inhabit. The minor includes an Intro to Entrepreneurship course and Venture Creation course as well as a host of electives.

The Stahl Center of Entrepreneurship and Real Estate is located in St. Charles Borromeo Center, SB-132A on the Romeoville Campus. Contact: Kristin Nance, Director, nancekr@lewisu.edu, Phone: (815) 836-5092.

2015 Fall Entrepreneurship Events


Setting Goals & Reaching Your Full Potential
Event Date: Tuesday, September 15th
Location: SB 141
Time: 2PM – 3PM

Elevator Pitch and Business Plan Information Session
Date: Monday, September 21st and repeat on Thursday, September 24th
Location: SB132 – Lowell Stahl Center Office
Time: 2PM-3PM for both sessions


Mentoring Strategies for Success: SCORE
Speaker: Bill Hess, SCORE
Date of Event: Wednesday, October 7th
Location: SB 141
Time: 3PM – 4PM

Elevator Pitch Letters of Intent Due: October 5th

Elevator Pitch Participants meet with Director: Week of October 19th

Franchising Workshop
Speaker: Brad Back, Franchise Expert, FranNet
Date of Event: 10/28/15
Location: SB
Time: 3PM – 4PM


Elevator Pitch Posters completed by November 5th

Global Entrepreneurship Week Events:

Elevator Pitch: Learn How to Pitch an Idea or Yourself

Speaker: Martha Carney, Small Business Development Center
Date of Event: Monday, November 9th
Location: SB 141
Time: 2PM- 3PM

Steve Miller: Entrepreneurship Week Keynote Speaker
Date of Event: Tuesday, November 10th
Location: SB 160
Time: 3:30PM – 4:30PM

Elevator Pitch and Poster Competition
Date of Event: Wednesday, November 11th
Location: UDR (University Dining Room)
Time: Noon – 2:30PM

Business Plan Competition Letters of Intent Due: Thursday, November 12th


Develop Your Business Plan
Date of Event: Thursday, December 3rd
Location: SB 141
Start Time: 3PM - 4PM

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