Selection Criteria

The following criteria is used to select our entrepreneur of the year winners: 

  • An alum of CSB or SJU
  • Recognized as an entrepreneur by others
  • Mid-career or older, ( but this is not a lifetime achievement award)
  • Engaged in leadership of a social or business venture now.... Will be more to come in their careers
  • Demonstrates strong entrepreneurial mindset: creative approaches, willingness to take risks, engages others, faces ambiguity with enthusiasm
  • Started at least one Venture
  • At least one venture they started was very successful and the current venture they are engaged in is recognized as a success
  • Demonstrates Innovation: The candidate has transformed traditional practice through an innovative product, service, approach, or a more rigorous application of known technologies and ideas
  • The person  actively demonstrates Benedictine values in work and life and embeds those values in the venture(s) they lead: listening with the heart, contribute to and build  community, and see God in all around
  • The venture they started is guided by values set and modeled by founder
  • Gives back to community and alma mater