Entrepreneurship student presenting

Our entrepreneurship program engages directly with the startup community, focuses on real-world business problems, experiential learning, and getting out of the building. Some of our student experiences include E-Day, The Entrepreneurial Experience Lecture Series, Mentor Day, Learning Journeys, and our Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO).

The Entrepreneurial Experience

Join us during fall and spring semesters for these free, open to the public guest speaker events. We bring in compelling entrepreneurs from all walks of life that are changing the world - economically and socially. Each speaker shares their story, lessons they have learned along the way, and advice for entrepreneurs, leaders, and innovators. View the lineup.

Pre-Seed Fund

Launched in January 2019, any enrolled Ball State University student can apply for a pre-seed grant of up to $2,500 issued as a scholarship to reimburse approved expenses. This fund is for the express purpose of advancing venture development milestones such as securing intellectual property, prototype development, product validation, or competing in external venture competitions to raise awareness or additional funds for their venture. Learn more here.


The center’s signature learning experience culminates in E-Day when senior entrepreneurship majors pitch their venture to a panel of alumni entrepreneurs and business executives as part of their final capstone project. Just as real-world entrepreneurs put everything on the line, so do our students—along with your course instructor, the expert panel weighs in on if you have successfully defended your venture or not. Learn more.

Learning Journeys

Entrepreneurship is more than what you learn in a classroom. We facilitate learning for our students by injecting them into real-world experiences. Our Learning Journeys are designed to help you explore the state-wide entrepreneurial ecosystem, understand your options after college, and grow your personal network. 

Mentor Program

Venture creation and innovation rarely happen on your own. In our mentor program, we assist in pairing students with an industry professional, alumni, or business leader to help guide them in the finer details of entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovation. We are passionate about helping students develop their personal network, industry connections, and professionalism. Details here.