The Duree Center for Entrepreneurship's (DCE) programs will expose Lindenwood students to a variety of experiences involving entrepreneurial endeavors, thus affirming, Real Experience Real Success. This includes participation in program development and delivery as well as exposure to startup founders. Additionally, the Center is working with LU faculty to infuse innovative methodologies within the curriculum.
Community Engagement Hub
DCE, in partnership with Economic Impact Catalyst, is also proud to offer students a Community Engagement Hub supporting the needs of entrepreneurs through a robust Mentor network. This dedicated portal serves as the nexus between company founders and Mentors, offering algorithmic matching by industry, expertise area, and founder company status. We strive for good, though not perfect, matches between Mentors and Mentees.
Students can also benefit from this hub by partnering with Mentors who specifically want to work with future and budding entrepreneurs who’ve yet to complete their formal education. If you are interested in learning more about entrepreneurship, Apply to the Community Engagement Hub.
Collegiate Pitch Competition (REGISTRATION CLOSED)
In partnership with St. Louis Regional Entrepreneurial Educators (STLREE), STL Startup Week will host an intercollegiate student Pitch Competition on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 on the campus of Washington University. The competition will be held during Startup Connection, STL Startup Week's largest event and expo featuring dozens of St. Louis' most promising early-stage startups.
Cash prizes of $2,000, $1,000, and $500 will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively. This competition is only open to STLREE member universities, which includes a limited number of regional participants.
One Lindenwood student/team will represent the university. Interested in being the university's representative?
Complete this application.
Pop-Up Shop Competition
Have an innovative product or service you'd like to promote? As an LU undergraduate or graduate student, you have the chance to pitch your product to the staff of the Duree Center for Entrepreneurship to become one of two vendors chosen to host a free exhibitor space within the Plaster College of Business' tent at Homecoming (pregame through the end of halftime) this year (Saturday, November 4)!
The intention of this effort is to promote student entrepreneurs and innovators. Therefore, products and services you pitch must be self-produced (no third-party sales - this is your chance to showcase your uniqueness!). Tent covered tables will be provided - no electrical access available. Each selected vendor must provide their own display, set up, collateral, product storage, and payment method.
So, show us what you got! Applications are due by 5 pm Friday, October 6. All applicants will be informed of their status by Friday, October 13.
In partnership with Washington University's Skandalaris Center, we're offering students the opportunity to get experience pitching an idea with a chance to win $200.
IdeaBounce® is a chance to pitch your ideas, get feedback, and make connections. The Skandalaris Center is proud to provide a safe, collaborative learning environment where people can connect and discuss ideas openly. Stick around for networking and a sweet treat from Ice Cream for Bears (a WashU Skandalaris Startup).
Prizes will be awarded to the top ideas! We encourage you to share your idea on the IdeaBounce® website – please post it by September 4th.
Click here to register and reserve your spot – we’ll see you there!
Then mark your calendars for Nov 6 as we will have another IdeaBounce® that evening at 5:30pm.
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