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Entrepreneurship at the University of Portland combines experiential learning opportunities with a values-based education that emphasizes integrity, opportunity recognition, risk-taking, and hard work. The Franz Center facilitates connections among students, alumni, faculty, and industry practitioners that enable powerful collaboration and real-world results.

Entrepreneurship Programs

Students in Business class

Entrepreneur Scholars Program

Entrepreneur Scholars is a competitively selected group of University of Portland undergraduate students from all majors and disciplines across the campus who create new business ventures, social enterprises, as well as innovative products and delivery models for organizations.

Learn More about the Entrepreneur Scholars Program

Business students in a classroom

$100K Challenge Venture Competition

The $100K Challenge Venture Competition is an annual event giving students an opportunity to pitch their business and non-profit ideas to a panel of distinguished judges. Winning teams receive funds for their ventures as well as mentoring. 

2018 Schedule of Events | Competition Overview (PDF)