"To remove barriers and create gateways for those who seek the entrepreneurial path."
- Charles H. Matthews, PhD, Founder, UC Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research
The Entrepreneurship Center's main mission is to "...remove barriers and create gateways," for all entrepreneurs - especially student entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship Center programs and initiatives, including its flagship Small Business Institute® and rigorous curriculum and competitions, among others, facilitate the entrepreneurial journey. To provide a state-of-the-art entrepreneurship curriculum not only for potential entrepreneurs, but for people in the many organizations that interact with small, entrepreneurial and family owned businesses on a daily basis. To foster corporate venturing for organizations which seek a dynamic future over complacency. To encourage, support, and conduct timely and meaningful research in the small, entrepreneurial, and family business fields, as well as in corporate settings. To foster collaborative research efforts among academic colleagues as well as practitioners. To provide practical hands-on advice and counsel to small, entrepreneurial, and family business ventures. To serve as a local, regional, national, and international resource to students, businesses, and educators in the business and academic communities interested in entrepreneurial and corporate venturing advancement. The UC Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research seeks to prepare its constituents to succeed in a dynamic and changing business environment through excellence in teaching, research, and service by: Facilitating the teaching and learning of fundamental knowledge and skills required for innovation, creativity, strategic thinking, and decision-making under conditions of uncertainty and ambiguity. Conducting innovative research on the theory and practice of identifying and capitalizing on emerging business opportunities both individually and within corporate settings; and promoting a dynamic community interaction built on teamwork, excellence, integrity and a quest for life-long learning.
Visit the Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research website for more information.
New Director Thomas Dalziel succeeds Chuck Matthews, May 2 2013.