Learn Outside the Classroom
One of the strengths of the Canisius entrepreneurship program is the vast array of opportunities outside the classroom that exist right on campus. These are run by your fellow students but are overseen by department faculty. These include:
MyLinkFace – a student-run entrepreneurship program that teaches English to Korean university students via web-based video and audio technology. MyLinkFace prides itself on providing excellent service in instructing English as a second language to school systems and individuals including children, university students, and business professionals in foreign countries. MyLinkFace provides a paid educational opportunity available to students of all majors.
Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO) – part of a national organization, the Canisius chapter of Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) is an award-winning student club. You will develop entrepreneurial leadership and professional communication skills through team building and team work as well as knowledge in entrepreneurship by planning and implementing educational outreach and experiential entrepreneurship projects.
In November 2011, the chapter won two awards at the 2011 CEO Annual National Conference in Fort Worth, TX. It was is the fourth consecutive year that the chapter has been recognized at the national conference.
The chapter received CEO Best Chapter Award in the Teaching Entrepreneurship category. In addition, Ji-Hee Kim, PhD, director and associate professor of entrepreneurship in the Department of Management, won first place in the CEO Best Chapter Advisor category. Nominated by her students for the award, this is the second time Kim was honored with the Best Chapter Award (she was also recognized in 2008).
CEO teams are guided by faculty advisors and supported by businesses and not-for-profit organizations in the community. Learn more at the CEO website by clicking here.
CanDo Society -- connects local professional and community leaders with students to serve as mentors. A very selective program, the program pairs entrepreneurship students with local CEOs (who are often Canisius alumni) in companies such as Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation, Noco Energy Services, Synacor, Independent Health and many others. These CEOs also come to courses and are on-campus for various department events and projects. The society has also sponsored lectures by prominent national speakers such as Seth Godin and Linda Eaton.
Empire Creativity Competition – this September, CEO will sponsor the The 2012 Empire Creativity Competition which will allow entrepreneurship students to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges and a chance to win cash prizes.
Partnership with Women’s Business Center (WBC) -- practical experience is reinforced through the department’s working relationship with the Canisius College Women's Business Center (WBC). Entrepreneurs are regularly invited to presentations and activities sponsored by the WBC.
SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) - a student service-learning organization that provides students opportunities to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise, thereby improving the standard of living for millions in the process
The internship experience lets you find out more about a potential career field and gain valuable networking contacts. The internship, often a paid experience, is usually in the executive offices of local businesses where you will get a first-hand experience in what it takes to successfully run a business.
You will be prepared to run your own business on day 1 after graduation, or go work for an existing business in a number of areas. Entrepreneurship majors have started a wide array of small businesses including a pickle business, a wine stopper business, real estate ventures, a landscaping service and pizza shop. Many students who wish to become entrepreneurs find that spending a few years working with a company provides the preparation and experience for their own ventures to come.
Some graduates may pursue post-graduate work in an MBA program, and Canisius offers one of the best around. Learn more.