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.

Become an E-Scholar!

Family PhotoJoin our crazy family! Embolden your entrepreneurial spirit with the E-Scholar program. This program is a competitive three-semester course load that challenges students to create and launch a business venture. Some examples include Clemens Perk, Extending the Link, and Perk Body Scrub. You and your cohort will travel to Silicon Valley to meet with companies such as Google, to Hong Kong to learn about international business, and finally to Denver, Colorado to compete in a business pitch competition. Life as an E-Scholar is difficult, but the connections and skills acquired are priceless. Apply now for the 2018-2020 cohort! All are welcome, regardless of major!

Come to our Events!

Event The Center hosts multiple events throughout the year. We host the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (pictured to the left), where three Johnnie/Bennie alumni are honored for their entrepreneurial work following graduation. We also host student oriented events with cash prizes! These include the David Forster Spark-to-Start event and the Eric Rego Pitch Competition. Don't miss out on our Center Mentors and Square Table events as well! A lot is going on, so keep an eye on our current events list (below), download our calendar, and join our mailing list to stay in touch with everything happening here at the McNeely Center.



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We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2020 Entrepreneur Scholars! For more information, and the application form, click the link below. We will be hosting an information session on Monday, December 11th for anyone interested in finding out more about the program, ask questions to current Entrepreneur Scholars, or to just find out what the Center for Entrepreneurship is doing on our campuses!

Click here to hear what our current Entrepreneur Scholars have to say about the progam!

Did you miss the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards? Well fret not! You can watch our amazing award winners videos here!

There’s a moment of truth that stands between innovators and entrepreneurs. Within that moment, you start something – a venture all your own. Everything after that is merely figuring it out. The McNeely Center provides a thoughtful blend of education, mentorship and encouragement to students from any major. With guidance and advice from McNeely staff, faculty and alum mentors, our students don’t simply wrestle with ambiguity. They embrace it.

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Current Events

The Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship will be hosting a McNeely Market on Wednesday, December 6th in the Great Hall at Saint John's from 11:00-2:00pm, and in Gorecki Fireside at the College of Saint Benedict on Sunday, December 10th from 10:00-1:00. 

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Entrerpeneur Scholars Info Session

Monday, December 11th
Alucin 378, SJU
Come learn more about the Entrepreneur Scholars program, and get your application to apply! You can also find those documents here.
Current Entrepreneur Scholars will be at the session to answer questions. Pizza provided!