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Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University
350 Simons Hall
Collegeville, MN 56321

Margrette Newhouse,  Director
[email protected]
320-363-2870

Kelli Gradin, Coordinator
[email protected]
320-363-2065

Center for Entrepreneurship
Student Employee
320-363-2764
[email protected]

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Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship

The Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship is an entrepreneurship education resource that provides classes, coaching and assistance to entrepreneurs. It builds relationships among and between CSB/SJU students, faculty, alumnae/i, and community members to create and strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit.

Students and staff gear up for the 2017 Eric Rego Big Idea Competition!

This year the McNeely Center will be hosting the 9th annual Eric Rego Big Idea Competition on Wednesday, February 15th in the Gorecki Family Theater at the College of Saint Benedict. Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers. 1st place will recieve $500!

Please join us to cheer on the student competitors!
Wednesday, February 15
Gorecki Family Theater, CSB
7 - 8:30 p.m.

Students - Want to compete? Read below to find out how you can win up to $500 for your 90 second idea!

What is the Eric Rego Big Idea Competition?

This competition is in honor of Eric Rego, an E-1 who graduated in 2006. Eric passed away in 2008. Students pitch a business idea for 90 seconds to a group of panelists that include Eric's parents, a fellow cohort of Eric's and two gentlemen Eric used to work for.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place take home cash prizes!

Who Can Participate?

The BIG Idea Competition is open to any individual enrolled at CSB/SJU. We believe that all students have entrepreneurial potential and can demonstrate that potential with limited assistance. We would be happy to provide assistance to individuals to learn about how to further develop their ideas.

What does it take to apply?

A 15-30 second video submission is due to the Center for Entrepreneurship ([email protected]) or to Kelli Gradin at [email protected] by Tuesday, January 31st. Finalists will be chosen by February 6th. Training for finalists will take place on February 8th. You will then have one week to put together a 90 pitch to compete in front of our panel of "Shark Tank" judges and an audience. Winners will be announced at the end of the event. No business plan or actual business is needed.

In your 15-30 second video submission you will not be able to answer all of these questions, but these questions should help you shape your video. Pick a couple of these questions to answer and use your 30 seconds to make us believe in you and want to learn more about your idea.

We are still looking for sponsors, and judges for this event. If you are interested in either or both, please email Kelli Gradin at [email protected]

10 for 10 Campaign

As The Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship at CSB/SJU continues to celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are proud to mark a decade of impressive success and launch our 10 for 10 fundraising drive to fully endow the Center. If you are interested in more information about the Center and/or our fundraising efforts, please contact Center Director, Margrette Newhouse, at [email protected]

Donate online:

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Current Events

Entrepreneurial Leadership Series Luncheons

Next luncheon is January 26th featuring keynote speaker - Blake Elliott.

Are you interested in attending our Entrepreneurial Leadership Series Luncheons? Email Kelli Gradin at [email protected] to be added to our invitation list!

This luncheon is offered for alumni/nae who are entrepreneurs and those who support them. Hosted at the Minneapolis Club in downtown Minneapolis this luncheon series features speakers who are unsung successful alum entrepreneurs. The luncheon is by invitation only. Contact Kelli Gradin at [email protected] or by phone at 320-363-2065 for more information, and to be added to the list.

2017-2019 Entrepreneur Scholars Program: E-13's Accepted!

We have accepted our newest group of Entrepreneur Scholars. Congrats to the following students!

  • Kevin Conway
  • Precious Drew
  • Kim Ficker
  • Matt Miller
  • Felicia Mix
  • Sierra Schmelz
  • Alexandra Savre
  • Lucy Cervino
  • Dennis He
  • Jon Paquette
  • Ashley Lee
  • Sarah Spaulding

Entreprenuership Lessons

People who start a business often say it's what they learned after everything they learned in school that makes the difference between the success or failure of their company. What the Center does is reverse that comment by ensuring what students learn and experience while in college is what makes them successful in the future.

Program News

Contact Us

Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University
350 Simons Hall
Collegeville, MN 56321

Margrette Newhouse,  Director
[email protected]
320-363-2870

Kelli Gradin, Coordinator
[email protected]
320-363-2065

Center for Entrepreneurship
Student Employee
320-363-2764
[email protected]

Read story:

Entrepreneur Scholars visit with some of America's most innovative business leaders.