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Developing Entrepreneurs

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Entrepreneurship Week

2017 Presentations:


November 7th at 7pm in the Lumpkin Hall Auditorium:
Randy Bailey
Chairman of First Healthcare Advisory Firm
November 8th at 7pm in the Lumpkin Hall Auditorium:
Aaron Stortzum
Co-Founder of Old Mac's Drive Thru in Dieterich, IL
Aaron    OldMacs



SCORE Award Recipients



Pictured from left to right:

Dr. Marko Grünhagen, Darbey Jenkins



Pictured from left to right:

Dr. Marko Grünhagen, Astrid Reyes


Who we are:

The Sustainable Entrepreneurship through Education and Development (SEED) Center at Eastern Illinois University is the new interdisciplinary home for entrepreneurial education, research, and community partnerships. The SEED Center is a Presidential initiative and its primary focus is to foster collaboration among students, researchers, educators and practicing entrepreneurs to promote entrepreneurship through integrative learning.

The SEED Center’s primary educational goal is to create an understanding of starting and managing a successful business, in addition to various outreach and community partnership activities. 

What we do:

Entrepreneurial Coaching

Any entrepreneur will tell you that success is born out of failures. But sometimes you simply can’t afford to learn the hard way. Sometimes, in order to succeed, all you have to do is ask for help. 

Coaching video link

Coaching Success Stories

As seen on WCIA and EIU 360

(Click on picture for video)


Student Education Opportunities

ENT Minor Competition

Online Resources

The PrairieSpark E-Hub hopes to turn your bright ideas into reality! The SEED Center at Eastern Illinois University has archived all of the entrepreneurial resources that the Entrepreneurship Center has created and discovered over the years to give you 24/7 access to information needed to develop your own business or to start a youth entrepreneurship program in your community.

 PrairieSpark bright ideas