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EIU Entrepreneurship Minor

Entrepreneurship Week 2022

The only thing worse than starting something and failing … is not starting something. 

– Seth Godin, Squidoo founder, author and blogger

You are here at EIU for a reason. Soon, you might find out that reason was to start a business and change the course of history for yourself, your family, you community. 

Could I really become an entrepreneur?

During the annual Entrepreneurship Week you can learn how entrepreneurs are tackling social issues, transforming central Illinois with a local billion-dollar company, and see Panthers pitch their ideas in EIU's own Shark Tank. ​

We believe that what stops you from launching a startup company is you. We are for you. We are EIU.

Entrepreneurship Week Events

  • Social Innovation Workshop: Monday, April 11, 1-3 pm

    Hosted on Zoom

    Learn from leaders in the social innovation space and identify collaboration opportunities.

    Register Here

  • Networking Meet-Up: Monday, April 11, 6-8 pm


    Evan KubicekELEVATE
    (Behind the Cross County Mall at 700 Broadway Ave. E. Mattoon Space #8)

    Meet and collaborate with other dynamic business people!

    Guest speaker: Evan Kubicek

    Topic: Marketing and social impact.

  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship Like Kings: Tuesday, April 12, 6 pm

    RK FlyerRobertson Auditorium, Lumpkin Hall

    Meet Alex Melvin, CEO of Rural King as he shares the inside story of innovation & entrepreneurship in a multi-billion dollar retail company based here in Central Illinois. 

    Brock Ashley Vice President of Business Development will also be sharing his unique role that requires constant entrepreneurial activity. 

    Bring your Panther Card!
  • Skeens New Venture Plan Competition: Thursday, April 14, 5 pm

    EIU Shark Tank1120 Lumpkin Hall

    See your fellow ENT students compete in EIU's Shark Tank!

    Bring your Panther Card!

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Contact Information

Dr. Marko Grünhagen, Lumpkin Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship & Professor of Marketing

Eastern Illinois University
School of Business
4002 Lumpkin Hall
Charleston, IL 61920

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