L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

The L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Dayton provides a distinctive approach to university entrepreneurship education. This multidisciplinary entrepreneurship major and program, designed to meet the educational needs of future entrepreneurs, gives students the opportunity to start actual micro-businesses and offers exposure to rapid growth companies and regular contact with successful entrepreneurs.

The Crotty Advisory Council, comprised of entrepreneurs and economic development leaders, reviews our entrepreneurship curriculum and extracurricular activities and often supplements classroom instruction, allowing entrepreneurship students to learn from a combination of the best academic scholarship and successful business practice.

Finally, with our many extracurricular offerings considered among the best in America, our students have opportunities for business consulting, internships, mentorships and student competitions in commercial real estate and business plans. Regularly scheduled luncheons with highly respected entrepreneurs from the greater Miami Valley area add more experiential learning to our academic program. Our 12th straight Top Twenty ranking by the Princeton Review & Entrepreneur Magazine, from a 2,000 program examination, adds testimony to the character and rigor of our entrepreneurship program.

Working in teams of seven students under the direction of successful former entrepreneurs, sophomore entrepreneurship majors at the University of Dayton develop ideas and create micro-companies with the Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership providing over $60,000 in venture capital to the year long student run businesses. "They may establish a tutoring business, produce calendars, artistic posters or even a website design company," explains Robert Chelle, Founding Director of the Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

In his distinguished career, entrepreneur and benefactor Bill Crotty has seen what can happen "when remarkable individuals with courage and conviction start new companies. New ideas and new budding entrepreneurs, educated at the University of Dayton's entrepreneurship program, will positively change the patterns of life."

Top for Entrepreneurs
The University of Dayton was named the 11th-best school in the nation for students aspiring to launch their own businesses.
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Presenting at Babson College Entrepreneurship Conference
In June 2018, four UD associate professors were accepted into the Babson College Entrepreneurship Conference to present a total of five papers (left to right, Bill Meek, Diane Sullivan, Harry Joo and David Marshall). This is something to be proud of!
Entrepreneurship 101
The Challenge: Building an interdisciplinary team to evaluate two existing downtown Dayton properties and develop a plan for a company to purchase.
Everest Real Estate Challenge 2018
Experiential learning is a top priority at the University of Dayton. Students have a myriad of options to apply classroom learnings to real-world situations. Thanks to your support, the Everest Real Estate Challenge has been a model for this educational approach for the last thirteen years.
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The Innovation Hub

The University of Dayton and The Entrepreneurs Center have joined in partnership and submitted a letter of intent to become the anchor tenants of the Arcade Innovation Hub and will work together to bring other community, higher education, research and corporate partners into the space.

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Read Entrepreneur article, How Shark Tank is Revolutionizing Business School

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Student Success Story - Danielle Ruffolo

The Sophomore Experience course put Danielle Ruffolo on the fast track to entrepreneurship.

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Featured in Forbes Article
The University of Dayton's Entrepreneurship Program is featured in a Forbes article as a unique program that provides students with the ability to learn, grow and thrive in a school and business environment.
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