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Entrepreneurship Center

Dakota Burke

“My passion is business and entrepreneurship. It’s definitely something I’ll continue long after graduation.”

Dakota Burke  

Innovative thinking, problem solving and the ability to transition from idea to action are at the heart of entrepreneurship. They’re also at the core of Berry’s expanding efforts to spark development of an entrepreneurial mindset in all its forms – from launching a business to social innovation to leading organizational change – in students of all majors.

The goals of Berry’s developing Center for Entrepreneurship focus on integrating principles of innovation and creativity across the curriculum, providing opportunities for students of all majors to test the waters of entrepreneurship and compete for growing levels of support, and facilitating mentoring relationships between budding entrepreneurs and those with solid experience.

Number one on the list of current priorities is endowed funding for a director to oversee and expand entrepreneurship initiatives. One of those initiatives – and also a LifeReady Campaign funding priority – is Berry’s exciting student venture fund, which provides competitive grants in support of students’ entrepreneurial ideas.

Creating a culture of entrepreneurial thinking is highly entrepreneurial by nature, and numerous exciting ideas and initiatives are on the drawing board, many of which will go beyond the auspices of the LifeReady Campaign. Expect to hear more about them in the not-too-distant future! 

Existing opportunities for support include Entrepreneur Scholars, Entrepreneur Fellows and the Berry Enterprises Venture Fund. For more information, contact Scott Breithaupt (91C, 96G) at sbreithaupt@berry.edu or 706-238-5897.