Grow. Build. Expand. Create. Innovate. Develop. Lead.

If any of these words appear prominently in your professional or personal goals, The Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship is for you. Established in 2008 with a generous alumni gift from Corbin, Kentucky-based entrepreneurs Marion and Terry Forcht, the Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Louisville College of Business is a comprehensive suite of programs that develop and nurture entrepreneurial skills, experiences and opportunities. These programs have received high marks from U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, EntrePoint, Entrepreneur Magazine, Latin Trade Magazine, and the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. The Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business has expanded entrepreneurial opportunities for the next generation of innovative business leaders.

Our unique suite of nationally ranked graduate and undergraduate programs is designed for working professionals who need to lead innovative corporate teams to new product, service and technology breakthroughs; students who want to discover the pathways to creating new, successful ventures that expand the marketplace and perhaps change the world; and scholars whose research may inspire and guide future entrepreneurs. Click on the title in the listing below for more information on that topic.

The Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship includes:

Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship

Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge Business Plan Competition

The Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge represents a prestigious, global academic competition with real-world opportunities and experiences designed to stimulate and reward innovative thinking and entrepreneurial persistence. As a regional qualifying event for the international “Super Bowl” of business plan events, Global Venture Labs Investment Competition, the University of Louisville Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge showcases new business concepts presented by MBA and graduate students from 12 of the country’s leading university entrepreneurship programs, including UofL. The Cardinal Challenge offers teams the opportunity to win over $15,000, an invitation to the Global Venture Labs Investment Competition, and the lucrative “Launch in Louisville” Package. Cardinal Challenge website.

Ballard Morton New Venture Competition

The Ballard Morton New Venture Competition is an annual business plan competition featuring teams of UofL College of Business MBA students competing for start-up capital for their innovative business concepts. In addition, winners have the opportunity to move on to regional and national competitions such as the Brown Forman Cardinal Challenge and Venture Labs Investment Competition.

Entrepreneurship MBA

Our nationally ranked Entrepreneurship MBA gives your the skills, tools, confidence and connections to launch new businesses or provide innovative leadership at your current organization. More information on the Entrepreneurship MBA.

Entrepreneurship PhD

Our unique PhD degree is for scholars who want to conduct research in the domain of entrepreneurship, and teach entrepreneurship at the university level. More information on the Entrepreneurship PhD.

Minor in Entrepreneurship

If you’ve every wondered if you have what it takes to start or build a new business, develop new products and services or bring innovation and creativity to an existing business, the Entrepreneurship Minor is for YOU!

The Entrepreneurship Minor provides value-added skills that set you apart from other graduates. Employers want entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial thinking and acting employees; differentiate yourself with this special minor which focuses on building on your own innovation strengths; challenge yourself to explore! The minor is open to all College of Business students no matter their major. The minor develops your ability to search for, discover and exploit marketable ideas in a corporate environment or an independent new venture.

Prerequisites for the minor can be found on the UofL Undergraduate Catalog.

For more information, contact Dr. Sharon Kerrick at (502) 852-4683.

Entrepreneurship Minor Application

Association for Corporate Growth

The College of Business often supports students’ attendance at events hosted by ACG, which is the premier global association for professionals involved in corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions. Today ACG stands at over 12,000 members from corporations, private equity, finance, and professional service firms representing Fortune 500, Fortune1000, FTSE 100, and mid-market companies in 53 chapters in North America and Europe. Members recognize the multiple benefits of networking within an influential community of executives growing public and private companies worldwide. More information.

Cardinal Venture Club (CVC)

The Cardinal Venture Club is a group of highly motivated and curious MBA’s from the University of Louisville. Our mission is to enhance the overall quality of the U of L MBA experience by enriching members with opportunities to work and be a part of the regional business community and its investors. CVC seeks to help facilitate the entrepreneurial spirit here in Louisville by connecting Venture Capitalists, Entrepreneurs, Government and the University of Louisville. Cardinal Venture Club website.

Entrepreneurship Club (E-Club)

The E-Club is open to all students within the University of Louisville and members of the community with an interest in entrepreneurship. We week to provide opportunities for students to connect with each other and the entrepreneurial community within Louisville. The organization wants to be a resource for its members to be able to take their ideas to action and become successful. All of this builds upon the success of the Entrepreneurship Programs at the University and enhance the overall experience for its students. Club involvement includes special guest speakers, access to exclusive events, and valuable networking opportunities. Website: http://uoflentrclub.com/

The Entrepreneurship Council

This working council is composed of alumni and other local business leaders who have achieved significant entrepreneurial success and are committed to supporting initiatives that maintain and improve the entrepreneurial focus of the college. More information on the Entrepreneurship Council.

Family Business Center

This professional resource including faculty and business leaders provides consulting and hands-on assistance for the unique challenges family-run businesses face, including family governance, leadership roles, ownership structure, estate planning/succession and sibling rivalries. Visit the Family Business Center website.

Greater Louisville Small Business Development Center

The College of Business is a sponsoring member of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which provides training and consulting services to for-profit small business owners as well as entrepreneurs wishing to start a small business. The organization also offers high-quality small business seminars and workshops at minimal cost.

Louisville Venture Connectors

The College of Business is a sponsoring member of the Louisville Venture Connectors. Founded in 1995, the Louisville Venture Connectors brings entrepreneurs and investors together in a professional yet relaxed forum. The monthly meetings offer both groups the opportunity to make valuable contacts, exchange information, and pursue mutual business opportunities. An important purpose of the Louisville Venture Connectors is to help facilitate and encourage the expansion of business and commercial investment activities in the region. Teams of entrepreneurs from the College’s MBA programs regularly present new business concepts at Louisville Venture Connectors meetings. Scholarships are available for Entrepreneurship MBA students to attend these monthly meetings. Visit the Louisville Venture Connectors website.

Small Business Institute

This program supports regional economic development interests by pairing working professional MBA students with small business owners to help address the challenges of growth and competition. More information on the Small Business Institute.

College of Business

University of Louisville
College of Business
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110 W. Brandeis Ave.
Louisville, KY 40292
Phone: (502) 852-6440
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