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About Us

The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship is the only of its kind within a business school, providing undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs, public entrepreneurial and business education, and opportunities for funding new ventures. 

Innovators, serial entrepreneurs, small businesses, change makers and future business leaders come together in this hub of entrepreneurial thinking to recognize, explore and exploit opportunities. The Schulze School’s centers and institutes provide consulting, networking and small business incubators to help launch new endeavors and further solidify established ones.

Academic Programs

Nearly 400 students took entrepreneurship courses and 221 undergraduates identified entrepreneurship as a major. While many students go on to start their own business, most go to work in existing companies, identifying new opportunities, creating new products and services, and shaping new market space.

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Fowler Business Concept Challenge

More than 800 students created business concepts in the event’s six year history. Open to students from across campus, participants learn to research ideas, write effective business plans and present to investors and entrepreneurs.

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Family Business Center

This community of business families engages with other family businesses and advisers to learn practical tools for working as a family and a business. Events are created to focus on specific family business issues.

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Small Business Development Center

This partnership with the Small Business Administration provides free business consultation services to small companies, typically with fewer than 20 employees and potential to add well-paying jobs.

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William C. Norris Institute

Minnesota entrepreneurs who submit innovative, well-planned new ventures that address important unmet societal needs are vetted for a chance at start-up equity and business advice. Preference is given to St. Thomas alumni and students, and to businesses with potential to provide good jobs to the unemployed or under-employed.

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Business Development Offices

Students and alumni with startup businesses occupy seven fully equipped offices in the heart of Schulze Hall teaching space. This collaborative community of entrepreneurs tap into faculty support, the insights of local entrepreneurs and have access to university resources. Tenants offer guidance to current students and employ many as interns.

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The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship is named for its generous benefactor, Richard Schulze, founder and chairman emeritus of Best Buy Co., Inc. He is the board chair of the Opus College of Business Strategic Board of Governors. Schulze Hall, home of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, was funded through a $50-million gift made in 2000 by Schulze and his late wife, Sandra.

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