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Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Don Beall The Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship fosters a connection among researchers, visionaries, business leaders and venture capitalists. You can become involved in one of the many exciting programs offered through the Center and enhance your own entrepreneurial tendencies. Programs offered include a business plan competition, an entrepreneurial skills workshop series, a breakfast speaker series and one-on-one consulting.

Find out more about the Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Distinguished Speaker Series

The Distinguished Speaker Series highlights the leadership perspectives, ethical frameworks, decision making processes and insights of top business leaders in the industry. This is a great opportunity to network with corporate professionals, community leaders, MBA students, faculty members and campus staff.

EMBA students attend the Distinguished Speaker Series free of charge, as well as the exclusive VIP networking receptions. Events are high-level networking opportunities for students – Merage faculty, staff, alumni, corporate partners and members of the Dean’s Leadership Circle frequently attend Speaker Series Events.

Find out more and register for the Distinguished Speaker Series.

Business Plan Competition

This Center is home to one of the nation’s premier business plan competitions — the Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth Business Plan Competition. This competition garners international media interest and awards prizes of up to $30,000. Participants have the opportunity to form a team, create a business plan and potentially fund their business idea — all within five months.

Find out more about the Business Plan Competition.