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L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Turning Big Dreams into Bold Moves

At the University of Dayton, innovating for the common good is part of our mission. We harness our community's entrepreneurial spirit to solve the world's most pressing problems.

Our L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership provides a distinctive approach to entrepreneurship education. Through the multidisciplinary entrepreneurship major, students have the opportunity to start actual microbusinesses, gain exposure to rapid growth companies and regular contact with successful entrepreneurs.

Through the program, UD students have opportunities to gain real-world experience through business consulting, microlending, angel investing, internships, mentorship, and student competitions in commercial real estate and business plans. Regularly scheduled luncheons with highly respected entrepreneurs from the greater Miami Valley area add more opportunities to gain practical insight and make connections.

For its innovative, practical approach, our program is consistently ranked among the top in the nation, according to the Princeton Review.

In alignment with UD's commitment to the common good, we pursue entrepreneurship for the common good. Students learn to create profitable ventures, but more importantly, they learn how to leverage those skills to build community and create positive change.

L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership 2020/2021 Annual Report

Greater W Dayton Incubator Newsletter

Strategic Initiatives

  • The Hub Powered by PNC Bank
  • Greater West Dayton Incubator
  • The Hub Powered by PNC Bank

    The Hub Powered by PNC Bank, a joint venture with The Entrepreneurs' Center, enables students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines to work alongside local entrepreneurs in the downtown Arcade.

    Explore The Hub

    Greater West Dayton Incubator

    Developed in partnership with community leaders, GWDI offers micro-lending, training and education, networking opportunities, and consulting services to startups and underrepresented firms.

    Explore GWDI
    Center Highlights
    The Hub Powered by PNC Bank's One Year Anniversary

    The Hub Powered by PNC has had an impactful first year - energizing the local entrepreneurial spirit, revitalizing an important downtown landmark, and creating unparalleled opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in new ventures.

    Read More on Porches
    Tops for Entrepreneurs
    The University of Dayton is consistently ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the best entrepreneurship programs in the nation.
    Experiential Learning

    Through angel investing, consulting, annual pitch competitions and the largest student-run business in the nation, you'll gain valuable business insights, experience the spirit of service and develop valuable connections.

    Explore Opportunities and Activities
    Vince Lewis Sits Down with Larry Connor
    Vince Lewis sits down with Larry Connor to talk about operating a business in the current climate and what he believes are the key traits of successful entrepreneurs.
    Watch the video

    L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

    The Hub Powered by PNC Bank
    31 S. Main Street
    Dayton, Ohio 45402