Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship

The Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship works to enhance the entrepreneurial environment at K-State and throughout Kansas. Our programs are designed to provide a superior academic experience for all
K-State students and to deliver key support to Kansas entrepreneurs. 

Major in Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship powers the American and global economies and is focused on opportunity recognition, creativity and innovation. This fast growing field gives students the knowledge and skills to turn their ideas into reality whether working for an existing organization or through a new venture.

Minor in Entrepreneurship
The minor in entrepreneurship provides students with the knowledge and skills to pursue entrepreneurial activity in whatever career field you wish to pursue. The 15-credit hour minor is a great opportunity for any K-State student to develop these important skills for professional success. Apply Online

Kansas Business Climate Index
The Kansas Business Climate Index is a forecast of the next month's business climate based on a survey of Kansas Business Leaders. This is not a scientific sampling, but a quick indicator of select business leaders' expectations for the Kansas economy.

The Launch program, open to all K-State students, is an annual entrepreneurial idea competition. The competition provides students the training and resources to develop a new business idea and compete for a share of $20,000 in prize money.

Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge
A competition for Kansas entrepreneurs from invited High School and Board of Regents institutions, hosted by Kansas State University.

Venture Accelerator
The Venture Accelerator provides business support services to promising student ventures in the early development stages. The accelerator, open to students from all majors, is designed to take learning beyond the walls of the classroom to enable students to combine their knowledge and passion to create a business.

Venture Fund
The Wildcat Venture Fund, in partnership with the Department of Finance and Integrated Investment Management initiative, provides direct investment in student-operated businesses to fund venture growth.

Entrepreneurship Speaker Series
The entrepreneurship speaker series provides students the opportunity to learn from successful entrepreneurs from a variety of industries.

The Launch-a-Business (LAB) accelerator program supports promising Kansas-based entrepreneurs through K-State's world-class faculty, students, and alumni mentors. The program is designed to help entrepreneurs launch and grow new businesses to support economic growth in Kansas.


Chad Jackson
Chad Jackson
Director, Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship
309 Calvin Hall


Alumni Businesses

Entrepreneur of the Year

Advisory Board

Spring Events:

Feb. 11 - Launch Orientation
4 - 5 p.m. | Leadership Studies Building 

Feb. 19 - Launch Orientation
4 - 5 p.m. | Leadership Studies Building

Feb. 23 - Launch plans due
8 a.m.

March 10 - Launch Finals
1 - 5 p.m. | Alumni Center

April 15 & 16 - Dave Dreiling Alumni Fellow

May 4 - KS Entrepreneurship Challenge
8 - 5 p.m. | Alumni Center