Chaifetz Fellows

2021-2022 Call For Applications For New Fellows

SLU's Chaifetz Entrepreneurship Fellows started as the Coleman Fellows Program in 2008. The Chaifetz/Coleman  Fellowships support entrepreneurship education at Saint Louis University, in classes, programs and co-curricular activities. First-time Fellows receive $2500 for the school year to develop and implement (in close collaboration with Project Director Jerome Katz) projects which advance self-employment education and strengthen the SLU's efforts to grow Entrepreneurship education across campus. Examples in order of attractiveness include (but are not limited to): 

  • Developing new academic programs, majors, minors or degrees. These included  such as an undergraduate program in Food, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, or graduate programs in Culinary Entrepreneurship.
  • Creating new courses that embody significant material on entrepreneurship, such as a capstone course where Doctor of Nursing Practice candidates create a business plan.
  • Creating modules on entrepreneurship (i.e. self-employment, social entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship) related topics to include in existing courses at undergraduate or graduate levels. SLU examples have been modules on contracting and intellectual property protection for fine arts students, invention commercialization in engineering courses, and marketing and pricing modules for food products in Nutrition & Dietetics courses.  
  • Creating new experiential or co-curricular activities that embody and promote entrepreneurial thought and action among students, including programs providing quality time with business owners, mentorships, internships, incubation/acceleration efforts, entrepreneur alumni engagement, entrepreneurs-in-residence, opportunities to practice applied skills, clubs, outreach to St. Louis' entrepreneurial ecosystem (e.g. T-Rex, CIC, Venture Cafe, etc.). Campus examples include MedLaunch, the Center for Additive Manufacturing, the Salus Shared Use Kitchen , and the student-run Tidy Projects consulting firm.

If you have ideas for a Fellowship, please first contact the Fellows Program Director, Jerome (Jerry) Katz by email (
jerome.katz@slu.edu) to discuss. 

You can apply online at: https://forms.gle/ppshrKeRKrATwan69

Please note the participation requirements for all Fellows below. Deadline for submission is May 10, 2021.

All SLU full-time faculty are eligible to apply for the Fellowship, including faculty from the Madrid Campus and all SLU Schools. 

If Your Are Already a Chaifetz or former Coleman Fellow (a.k.a. Veteran Fellows)

Once selected as a Chaifetz/Coleman Fellow, the appointment remains active. Prior or current Coleman Fellows are invited to submit for Veteran Fellow Status for the upcoming school year. Veteran Fellows receive $1000 for the year to refine, extend, or continue their work related to entrepreneurship and self-employment. 

Preference will be for people who are adding new courses/co-curriculars or making major revamps of existing activities. Fellows who are looking to revitalize their entrepreneurship efforts are encouraged to apply. Previous Fellows can also be considered for a new $2500 award if they are undertaking a major new effort related to self-employment in their programs. 

Apply online at: https://forms.gle/niev24GtLvS5itk2A

Deadline for submission is May 10, 2021.

Resources for Fellows

  1. Online Resources: 
    1. In addition to the Class Resources here in eWeb, there is a dedicated Fellows-only website that also includes access to the complete text of Entrepreneurial Small Business, one of the top textbooks, and one based on SLU's approach to entrepreneurship. 
    2. Fellows are also welcome to subscribe to Jerome Katz's social bookmarking site to discover entrepreneurship education resources, https://pinboard.in/u:jeromekatz. His site has over 3500 sites bookmarked at searchable by terms. 
    3. SLU's Pius Library has a set of Library Guides that point students to relevant resources is all sorts of areas related to entrepreneurship. The key is found in the Entrepreneurship guide.
    4. Powerpoint Deck 3 Ways To Add Entrepreneurship To Your Courses: An introduction to low-stress ways to make your course a bit more entrepreneurial. Also links to the Occupations...Self-Employed web pages listed on the left.
    5. Powerpoint Deck CSI Entrepreneurship: CSI stands for Corporate, Social and Independent the three settings in which entrepreneurship most often gets practiced. A quick way to learn about most of the types of  entrepreneurs you students (or alums) become.
    6. Powerpoint Deck Is It Out There?: A how-to deck showing how your students who have ideas for products or services can improve their checking if these already exist by improving their Google search techniques.
  2. Training Sessions: Training programs are held every semester for new and Veteran Fellows where Fellows learn new techniques to use in their classes and programs, trade advice and request support from one another.
  3. One-on-one consulting and referrals: Fellows can always get help from the Fellows' Program Director Jerome (Jerry) Katz by email (jerome.katz@slu.edu) or phone (314-977-3864w, 314-302-0641).
  4. Experiential Classroom: The Experiential Classroom is an annual educator training program held Thursday-Sunday in late September often in Florida. It helps faculty new to teaching entrepreneurship get how-to advice from over a dozen established experts in entrepreneurship education from the USA and Europe. There will be room for three Fellows to attend the Experiential Classroom. For full-ride scholarships preference will be given to those who are funded and haven’t gone before. For those who have some travel money to blow, the Fellows Program can offer “scholarships” to split the cost 50-50 with you. The total cost is about $1500 (tuition, room/board and airfare).

Impact of the Fellows Program

Since the Fellows Program inception in 2008, SLU has become one of nations most entrepreneurial campuses. Thirty-nine Fellows have created 95 undergraduate courses and 77 graduate courses with entrepreneurship content  across over 20 departments at SLU. More than one-third of SLU students receive entrepreneurship content through the Coleman/Chaifetz and KEEN programs every year. 

If you have any questions, please contact:

Jerome Katz
Brockhaus Chair in Entrepreneurship
Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business
jerome.katz@slu.edu
314-302-0641c 

Background on the Coleman Fellows Program

From 2008-2019 Coleman Fellows infused their courses and academic programs with entrepreneurship training and education for their students. Following the idea of the Coleman Foundation, they promote entrepreneurship as self-employment through business ownership which has significant elements of risk, control and reward. The Foundation awards grants to Fellows to develop and deploy these entrepreneurship materials, and offers several venues where the faculty can share and promote their efforts. The final report on the program can be downloaded from https://colemanfellows.com/lessons-learned-and-recommendations or here.

All together, there were more than 200 Fellows at more than 30 campuses across the US. They represented nearly every discipline found in the modern university. SLU's own Fellows and their first years in the program are given below:

Coleman Fellows

Purpose and Rationale of the Chaifetz Entrepreneurship Fellows Program


The purpose of the Chaifetz Entrepreneurship Fellows program is to continue the development of The Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurship Fellows Network; a community of practice comprised of cross-campus champions of entrepreneurship education; and support emerging entrepreneurs. Towards this goal, the Chaifetz School of Business supports the program to promote entrepreneurship education and programming across the SLU campus. Chaifetz Entrepreneurship Fellows will advance entrepreneurship and self-employment education and strengthen SLU's efforts to institutionalize entrepreneurship and support the growth of emerging entrepreneurs.