Students in ENT 341 collaborate in the newly renovated TriPhase Tech Lab classroom.
Professional connections, rigorous coursework, and hands-on learning has built our longstanding national reputation for preparing expert, innovative entrepreneurs who are driven to lead businesses and improve our world.
The center is part of the renowned Department of Management within Ball State’s Miller College of Business. Learning at and working with the center connects you with this greater community of distinguished business leaders.
Distinctive Programs Inspire Greatness
Faculty mentors outfit you with a solid foundation across business disciplines, then challenge you to apply classroom knowledge to real-world learning alongside industry partners. This experiential, risk-taking approach is our distinction, and it equips you with the know-how and connections to achieve.
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Expert, Professionally Connected Faculty and Staff
The center remains a top program because business leaders and scholars have dedicated themselves to educating the next generation of business executives and entrepreneurs. Meet our faculty and staff.
One of the examples of this dedication is our partnership with the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Economic Development Center to encourage and facilitate entrepreneurial thinking across the state through the Innovate WithIN Pitch Competition. High school students are invited to submit a video pitch in early February for a chance to advance to the state finals in April, where they will compete for a prize package including cash prizes, scholarship money, and internship and mentorship experience. To learn more about the competition and to encourage the students you know to participate, check out this link.
Critical Engagement Opportunities
Businesses and business leaders across the nation support our efforts through participation on our advisory board, which ensures the curriculum is relevant and sets up meaningful professional development for students. Top professionals also advance our reach and reputation by supporting:
A Pioneering Start
Founded in 1983 by Dr. Donald F. Kuratko, Ball State’s Entrepreneurship Center was among the country’s first programs to focus on an undergraduate entrepreneurship degree. We have a long tradition of excellence in entrepreneurship education and often are featured in various media outlets as a top-ranked program.
In 1997, the program acquired an existing nonprofit entrepreneurial organization, which led to establishing the Midwest Entrepreneurial Education Center. It built an outreach program that let faculty, staff, and students work with the State of Indiana, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and growing entrepreneurial companies. In 2005, the center was rebranded as the Ball State University Entrepreneurship Center, and we haven’t looked back. Check out our rankings and recognitions.