Entrepreneur Scholars

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.

The mission of the program is to enable high potential students to transform entrepreneurial ideas into reality.

Program Features

  • Explore major business centers around the US and abroad - see where we've traveled
  • Experience different ways of assessing new ideas and opportunities  
  • Meet with experts and innovators to validate hypotheses
  • Launch a new venture in the real world
  • Combine classroom activities, best practices, and apprenticeships 
  • Interact with leading entrepreneurs to learn new venture strategies 
  • Engage with guest speakers in the classroom, local entrepreneurship community, and at events and workshops 
  • Attend new ventures events led by some of the Northwest's most successful entrepreneurial leaders
  • Earn a Minor in Entrepreneurship by adding two additional courses.

About Courses & Cohort Structure

The 9-credit Program consists of three unique 3-credit courses that can only be found in the nationally recognized Entrepreneur Scholars Program. Click here for the 2021-2022 Bulletin.

  1. ENT480: Creating a World Class Venture (Fall)
  2. ENT481: The Entrepreneur Apprenticeship (Spring)
  3. ENT482: Global Entrepreneurship (Spring)

A cohort of interdisciplinary students move through the one-year program building rapport through team-based projects, activities and travel that culminates in competing in the Pilots Venture Challenge. This unique interdisciplinary collaborative, where students from all schools and majors, provides an experiential learning adventure that allows students to reach higher levels of success than they ever imagined possible.

About Program Fees

Each Entrepreneur Scholar pays an additional program fee of $4,000 for this unique experience that combines the classroom with domestic and international travel opportunities to meet world-class entrepreneurs. The fee helps cover the expenses of academic materials, travel, lodging, some meals, event fees and start up grants. Through the generosity of individuals and corporate donors, scholarships are available to eligible students.

How To Apply

Students are encouraged to apply in their sophomore year for participation in either their junior or senior year. Freshman may apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis for participation in their sophomore year. Applications will be accepted through March 30 and are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Watch this short video about E-Scholars and how to apply.

Click here for application.

Click here for E-Scholars Recommendation Form.


For more information about the Entrepreneur Scholars program, please contact: molkenti@up.edu

Entrepreneurs Scholar's Trip to New York 2017

Video by Devin Ajimine, an E-Scholar and Computer Science Major.

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