Entrepreneurship Spotlight Challenge


Entrepreneurship isn’t a buzzword—it’s a mindset. A passion. An instinctual drive that blends visionary, creative thinking with a bit of bravery—all while embracing risk in the pursuit of great reward.


Around the world and across disciplines, students are seeking dynamic and challenging environments to take their ideas to the next level—while finding ways to leverage entrepreneurship to create a better world.


AACSB’s commitment to encouraging innovation and impact through a deeper connection with the business community was the catalyst for the Entrepreneurship Spotlight Challenge—and the Centers and Programs in the spotlight demonstrate leadership in creating (and incubating) cutting-edge business innovations through enriched student learning and experiential education.


The Entrepreneurship Spotlight Challenge showcases how AACSB-accredited schools engage with business practice to provide students an opportunity to gain to core skills required to be successful in business—whether that business is a start-up or a world-renowned corporation.

In the Spotlight:

Class of 2017 Entrepreneurship Spotlight Challenge Honorees

Entrepreneurship Centers

American University, Kogod School of Business

American University Center for Innovation (AUCI)


Babson College,  F.W. Olin Graduate School

The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship


Bowling Green State University, College of Business Administration

Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership


Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Management

Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology


California State University San Bernardino, Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration

Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE)


ESADE, ESADE Business School

ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute (EEI)


Georgetown University, The McDonough School of Business

Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative


Grand Valley State University, Seidman College of Business

Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation


Henley Business School

Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship


Purdue University, Krannert School of Management

Burton D. Morgan Center for Entreprenurship


Qatar University, College of Business and Economics

Center for Entrepreneurship


Seattle University, Albers School of Business and Economics

Albers Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School

Center for Entrepreneurial Studies


Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics

Patient Innovation


University of Florida, Warrington College of Business Administration

UF Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation


University of Malaya, Faculty of Business and Accountancy

UM Entrepreneurship Centre


University of San Francisco, School of Management

Gellert Family Business Resource Center


University of Strathclyde, Strathclyde Business School

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship


University of Virginia, Darden School of Business

Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Wilfrid Laurier University, Lazaridis School of Business & Economics

Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation


Entrepreneurship Programs

Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management


Indiana University, Bloomington/Indianapolis, Kelley School of Business


Oregon State University, College of Business


Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Escuela de Administracion


St. John's University, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business


Syracuse University, The Martin J. Whitman School of Management


Temple University, The Fox School of Business


The University of Texas at Austin, Red McCombs School of Business


The University of Adelaide, Adelaide Business School / Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre


University of California, San Diego, Rady School of Management


University of Cincinnati, Carl H. Lindner College of Business


University of Missouri, Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business


University of South Florida, Muma College of Business


WU Vienna University of Economics and Business


Zhejiang University, School of Management, Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy



We encourage you to read more about the Entrepreneurship Spotlight Challenge honorees.  





Meet the Review Panel



Susan Amat, MBA, Ph.D.

CEO/Founder, Venture Hive



Shaun Budnik

Partner, Audit, Audit Innovation Leader, KPMG, LLP



Michael McCracken

National Chairman, Leadership Finance, Chairman and CEO, McCracken Alliance LLC



Dan Meader, CFA, CPA

Managing Partner, Trinity Private Equity Group



Gregory A. Rosica

Partner, Tax, Ernst & Young LLP



Michael Thomas

Executive Vice President, BoozAllenHamilton




Get to know more about the review panel. 



Questions? Contact us at spotlight@aacsb.edu.