Doherty Center Activities

Effective entrepreneurship education takes place beyond the four walls of the classroom. Engaging students in out-of-class activities is essential to encourage creativity and prepare students for future success. The activities sponsored by the Doherty Center foster a professional environment within which students can gain confidence in their abilities and make key networking contacts that will help them in their postgraduate careers.

Activities and events continually sponsored by the Doherty Center include: 

  • Elon Innovation Challenge, a creativity competition held in conjunction with the Stanford Global Innovation Tournament.

  • Elon Medal of Entrepreneurial Leadership, awarded annually to an individual representing excellence and success in entrepreneurial leadership.

  • Idea Launch Pad, invites students to share their concepts in a public forum. No business plan is needed and no data analysis required. Just ideas. Any student from all areas of study at Elon can participate. Students with an idea for a venture can present the concept for review. Those without a concept are encouraged to attend with the opportunity to join a team with an interest in one of the presented ideas.

  • C. Ashton Newhall Endowed Lecture Series, through which successful entrepreneurs visit campus to share their knowledge and experience managing the risks and rewards of entrepreneurial endeavors.

  • University Entrepreneurship Summit of North Carolina, held in partnership with Wake Forest University, which brings together individuals leading entrepreneurship initiatives in North Carolina's universities and colleges.

  • Entrepreneurship Mentor Network, which connects students to professional mentors.

  • SEED, an organization which helps launch projects and events across campus and in the outlying community.

  • Support for students participating in competitions or attending conferences and workshops related to entrepreneurial leadership.

Please contact us for a full schedule of upcoming events sponsored by the Doherty Center.