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Interested in creating a tech startup? UD has a technical entrepreneurship minor for you

University of Dayton students aspiring to create a tech startup can get a jump on their goal with a technical entrepreneurship minor.

"Our technical entrepreneurship minor is evidence of the university’s broad, cross-campus commitment to helping students from all disciplines develop an entrepreneurial mindset," said Vince Lewis, UD associate vice president for entrepreneurial initiatives, executive director of UD's L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and president of The Hub powered by PNC. "This collaborative effort, along with other initiatives like The Hub powered by PNC, the Greater West Dayton Incubator, the Stitt Scholars program and Propel Dayton, are why The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine has ranked UD among the Top 50 Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies overall for 17 consecutive years and we are among the top 10 in the nation for entrepreneurship among schools with fewer than 10,000 undergraduates."

Based in the UD School of Engineering, and designed with the College of Arts and Sciences, the four-class sequence is open to all students and begins in fall 2023. Classes include technical innovation in product development, venture creation in technology, intellectual property and entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship and innovative design.

In addition to the aforementioned initiatives and the technical entrepreneurship minor, UD students, faculty and staff who want to start their own technology-based businesses can access lab and office space in the School of Engineering, the School of Engineering Makerspace, engineering and legal support, and one-on-one business mentoring.

"Collaborations among the UD School of Engineering, UD School of Business Administration, College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Dayton Research Institute, The Entrepreneur Center in Dayton and the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network have created a robust ecosystem on campus ready and willing to support tech entrepreneurship efforts," said Becky Blust, director of the School of Engineering's Innovation Center and Design and Manufacturing Clinic. 

Students interested in pursuing a technical entrepreneurship minor can contact Blust at

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