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Entrepreneurial Leadership Center: At a Glance

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The East Stroudsburg University Entrepreneurial Leadership Center (ELC) was developed in 2009 through an economic development grant from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and further supported by a U.S. Department of Labor Wall Street West WIRED Grant. ESU's interest in developing the ELC stems from the campus' growing interest in entrepreneurship, the continued success of its Award Winning Business Accelerator Program and the recently created College of Business and Management. Services offered at the Entrepreneurial Leadership Center bridge the gap between a business idea and the creation of an actual business.


To create a sustainable entrepreneurial culture that fosters entrepreneurship across the campus,community and region.


The East Stroudsburg University Entrepreneurial Leadership Center's vision is to be nationally recognized for its entrepreneurial culture.

Entrepreneurship Speakers Series

The Entrepreneurial Leadership Center features nationally and internationally known speakers who share their real time entrepreneurial experiences with captivated audiences. Speakers featured include: Randall Pinkett, third series winner of Donald Trump's Apprentice; Andrew Morrison, featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show -Young Millionaires;and Robert Ilvento, founder of Cluck U Chicken.

Entrepreneurship across the Colleges

East Stroudsburg University faculty from across all colleges: Arts and Sciences; Education; Business and Management; Health Sciences; and Graduate College are invited to submit proposals to infuse Entrepreneurship topics and activities into their classrooms. The Faculty Request for Proposals is available online.

Entrepreneurial Boot Camps

The ELC sponsors Business Plan Boot Camps throughout the year. Camps range from a full day simulation where students take business ideas and develop venture profiles to extended camps where students develop their ideas into business plans. Although not a pre-requisite for entry to the Fall Business Plan Competition, students who attend Boot Camps are better prepared for the annual Student Business Plan Competition.

PASSHE Student Business Plan Competition

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Student Business Plan CompetitionCommittee is looking for System students who are interested in starting a new business. Funding is available through a PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Keystone Innovation Grant to support students in their business development efforts through May 31, 2012. CASH and IN-KIND prizes will be awarded. Funds are intended to assist in the creation of new businesses. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

How can the Entrepreneurial Leadership Center help you?

The ESU ELC offers a host of programs to support entrepreneurial thinking as well as experiential programs that help participants create a foundation for their business idea.

Contact: Research and Economic Development, (570) 422-7920