College of Business

Center for Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is not just about starting a business!

Do you want to land a job at a high-growth company? Do you want to expand your creative toolbox? Do you want to change the world? Do you want to be around game-changing thinkers like you? Whether you want to start a business or not, entrepreneurship skills can help you do it all.

Here are the opportunities we offer:

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Take One Class

Our class, Introduction to Entrepreneurship (MGMT 450) requires no prerequisite other than junior-standing. This highly experiential class provides hands-on learning about launching a product or service through customer discovery. 

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Mentorship through StartupTree

Interested in getting free mentorship from entrepreneurs just like you? StartupTree gives students the opportunity to connect with mentors in our online entrepreneurship community. After connecting with a mentor, you can schedule flexible meetings and work together to help grow your future or current business. Ready to jump in? Join our community.

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Build a Prototype

If you have an idea for a product and want to bring your idea to life, stop by the Makerspace in the Meriam Library. It features 3D printers, a vinyl cutter, an industrial sewing machine, high-powered computers, and much more.

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Launch an Online Business

The e-Incubator is open to students and faculty. Students are encouraged to participate early in their college career as well as after graduation, as it provides continuous coaching support. Participants receive free professional-level website developmental tools and training on how to build and design an effective website and how to run a business online.

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If you have a new innovation for concept in the areas of agriculture, water, or energy, the BlueTechValley program can help you launch through their accelerator or funding program.

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Apply for a Scholarship

There are several scholarships available specifically for entrepreneurship students ranging from $1,000 to $8,000.

Join a Student Organization(opens in new window)

The Chico Entrepreneurial Association (CEA) provides resources and networking opportunities necessary to foster entrepreneurship, enabling young professionals to launch their ideas by developing and executing new ventures.

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Collegiate Wind Team | Windcats

This interdisciplinary team combines technology, business, and strategy to compete in a national competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Finalists will travel to Denver, Colorado to compete with 11 other universities across the nation. Teams build a wind turbine prototype, site a wind farm, and design a market-ready business for wind energy-related concepts. Contact Michael Rehg at

Enroll in a Major or Minor for Non-Business Majors

We offer an entrepreneurship minor available to all majors and a major in entrepreneurship.

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