The Chaifetz Entrepreneurship Fellows Program 2023-2024 Cohort
The Chaifetz Entrepreneurship Fellows Program: The What and the Why
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 advance entrepreneurship and self-employment education and strengthen SLU's efforts to institutionalize entrepreneurship and support the growth of emerging entrepreneurs.
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 126 undergraduate courses and 97 graduate courses with entrepreneurship content across over 20 departments at SLU. More than one-third of SLU students receive entrepreneurship content through the Chaifetz Fellows and KEEN Fellows programs every year.
ARCHIVED: 2023-2024 Call For Applications (Proposals Due By May 1, 2023)
SLU's Chaifetz Entrepreneurship Fellows started as the Coleman Fellows Program in 2008. The Chaifetz 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. The Fellows Program is underwritten by a grant from the Dean's Office of the Chaifetz School of Business. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss.
You can apply online at: https://forms.gle/M4qu7yMfMvavu42J8
Please note the participation requirements for all Fellows below. Deadline for submission is May 1, 2023.
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 or Chaifetz 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/M4qu7yMfMvavu42J8
Deadline for submission TBA.
Resources for Fellows and Prospective Fellows
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.
Fellows are also welcome to subscribe to Jerome Katz's social bookmarking site to discover entrepreneurship education resources, https://app.raindrop.io/my/18907275. His site has over 4500 sites bookmarked at searchable by terms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One-on-one consulting and referrals: Fellows can always get help from the Fellows' Program Director Jerome (Jerry) Katz by email (email@example.com) or phone (314-977-3864w, 314-302-0641).
Experiential Classroom: The Experiential Classroom is an annual educator training program held Thursday-Sunday in late September alternating between Notre Dame and the University of Tampa. 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. Every year one or more Fellows may get to attend the Experiential Classroom. For full-ride scholarships preference will be given to those who are funded and haven’t gone before.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Brockhaus Chair in Entrepreneurship
Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business