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Center for Entrepreneurship

Copeland 401C
Athens, OH 45701

Luke Pittaway
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College of Business

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Athens, OH

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Athens, OH 45710

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The economic development of our nation is sparked primarily by the entrepreneurial spirit. That spirit emerges from a unique segment of the population. A continual infusion of new ideas and energy brought forth by these entrepreneurs is the cornerstone of economic growth in our country. As such, entrepreneurs and their ventures are vitally important in the process of economic revitalization. If this describes you, consider majoring in entrepreneurship.

You can be assured of the academic quality of our program. We were ranked a finalist for the 2014 Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.


Career Opportunities

As an entrepreneur, you’ll be defined as an individual who organizes or operates a business. Entrepreneurs are commonly seen as innovators, generators of new ideas and processes. You’ll be a future risk-taker that converts an idea or invention into a business. From Andrew Carnegie, the 19th century industrialist, to Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the founders of Google, entrepreneurs are a force of change and prosperity throughout history.

In today’s marketplace, people with an entrepreneurial mindset are valued in all sectors of business. Entrepreneurial thinking is characterized by seeing opportunities and understanding how and when to capitalize on them. With an understanding of ideation and business models, leadership, and sales, you’ll be prepared to think differently, imagine new possibilities, and create economic opportunity.



Special Features

At the College of Business at Ohio University, we recognize that success in entrepreneurship requires a broad base of knowledge, skills, and competencies. The required courses ensure a variety of rich developmental experiences that can include applied learning, case analysis, research projects, team-based active learning projects, and guest speakers, in addition to traditional classroom lectures and discussions. This major places a strong emphasis on written and oral communications skills, teamwork, and personal initiative.

In addition to the rigorous curriculum and coursework, Ohio University has a Center for Entrepreneurship that is a partnership between the College of Business and Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. We know that there is no substitute for hands-on experience. Our Center for Entrepreneurship empowers students to turn ideas into action by competing for capital to fund business ideas in Idea Pitch, or by bringing renowned guest speakers to Campus like Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanion and Ohio University alum Alan Schaaf, founder of the image hosting site Imgur (pronounced imager).  


Our Faculty

Learn more about our entrepreneurship faculty here.


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Luke Pittaway
Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, Professor of Management
Copeland 401C


About the College of Business

The OHIO College of Business provides a unique combination of classroom learning and real-world experiences that give you an advantage. You are able to develop to your true potential and become a better business leader— the kind of effective decision-maker who is sought after in all sectors of business. When you leave the OHIO College of Business, you will be ready for the workforce. Beyond that, you’ll be poised to become one of the next generation of leaders, professionals, and academic business scholars. We summarize our approach in three words: learn, apply, transform.

Learn about yourself and your world through personalized coaching and mentoring. With a foundation of courses, outstanding teacher scholars and executives in residence, and ongoing development, the OHIO College of Business will help you set and achieve your personal and professional goals.

Apply your knowledge through real-world experiences. Translate concepts from the classroom into real situations so you leave with practical experience in leadership, time management, teamwork, problem solving, and critical thinking. You’ll develop the skills you need for the rest of your life through our unique Business Cluster, student organizations like SOX Fellows, and the Global Consulting Program.

Transform into one of the most sought after college graduates, poised for professional success. Employers are seeking students with leadership potential. The College of Business will provide you the broad knowledge that prepares you to be successful throughout your career, from your first job to the day of your retirement.


Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.