Schulze School of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur Turns Empty Warehouse into a Garden

A growing operation is bringing new life to an empty warehouse for an urban farmer in St. Paul. In 2010, Dave Roeser, an entrepreneur with a knack for starting companies, sold three of his four businesses, hold...
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Reverse Elevator Pitch – Tuesday, November 10

You've pitched your company or business idea to investors, but didn't land the funding you were hoping for. You’re not alone. Some studies show less than one percent of venture capital and angel pitches result ...

Schulze School Named Cleantech Open Midwest Strategic Partner

The Cleantech Open, which runs the world’s largest cleantech startup business accelerator, established a strategic partnership with the University of St. Thomas Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, which will function as the host for the regional operations after six years of leadership from the organization’s cofounder Justin Kaster.
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How Simple Questions Lead to Great Innovations

There is a myth that successful companies begin with grandiose ambitions. The implication is that entrepreneurs should start with megalomaniac goals in order to succeed. To the contrary, 2015 Opus Distinguished speaker Guy Kawasaki’s observation is that great companies began by wondering about simple things, and this leads to asking simple questions that beget companies.
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Alumni Business “Capturing” a Market

A company with St. Thomas roots is now helping the university simplify what used to be a technology challenge. In the last issue of B. Magazine, we highlighted Ilos videos, a tech startup created by Nick Stokma...

A Startup that Goes to the Dogs

Team of two sophomores and a junior win the 2015 spring Lemonade Stand competition for their company Apawllo, an apparel company that raises awareness for rescue animals and makes donations to animal shelters.

Pitching a Start-up: 10 Key Issues to Address

Michael P. Moore, director of St. Thomas' William C. Norris Institute, presented his 10 key issues to address when pitching a start-up company to investors, at the Minnesota Inventor's Congress Inspire 2015 Inn...

MBA Experience and Career Impact

In part 2 of this Q&A looking back on his UST MBA experience, Dave Turnham details the impact his education has had on his career.

Theory into Practice: Pitching New Product Ideas

A few weeks prior to Lunds & Byerlys announcement of their re-branding, Phil Lombardo, the company’s CMO, and many from his merchandising team met with students from Steve Vuolo’s undergraduate marketing 300 course.

Alumna Represents U.S. at G20 Young Entrepreneurs Summit

Solome Tibebu '12 has been selected to represent Minnesota among 700 global leaders and young entrepreneurs at the G20 Young Entrepreneur’s Alliance Summit in Sydney, Australia. Summit participants agreed to push for action in eight areas to create growth small and medium enterprises and reduce youth unemployment.

St. Thomas Students Bank $48,000 in Scholarships at Fowler Business Competition

Jane Kramer, along with teammates Nana Yaa Dodi and Marine Melin, won the graduate competition for her concept Lou Lou Ingredients. The idea was born in Kramer’s kitchen, preparing gluten- and dairy-free snacks for her kids and their friends dealing with food allergies. She noticed grocery stores made similar products, but didn’t offer full meals. She plans to change that.

Minneapolis Named #4 City for Women Entrepreneurs

It is no surprise that Minneapolis has been named one of the best cities for women entrepreneurs, according to a study conducted by NerdWallet, a financial literacy website. Here’s just a small sample of women entrepreneurs who’ve come out of the Opus College of Business and launched successful businesses.
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Fowler Business Concept Challenge: Coach app wins first place

Aaron Engler’ won first place on the graduate level of the fourth annual Fowler Business Concept Challenge, earning a $10k scholarship award for his business concept: "Coach app" Coach app's idea is to provide chain restaurants with a mobile business intelligence system that aggregates all the pertinent information they need to know to optimize their resurces.

Fowler Follow-up: Michael + Susan Wuollett – Protégé Biomedical

In 2010, husband-and-wife team Michael and Susan Wuollett, ’10 M.B.A. entered their idea for the Styptic Fibrin Bandage (a product that rapidly stops bleeding in minor cuts and other wounds), into the Fowler Business Concept Challenge. They took first place and received so much encouragement from the judges that they decided to pursue the business idea.

Fowler Follow-up: Midwest Tomato Fest

Kamal Mohamed wowed judges at the 2011 Fowler Business Concept Challenge with his highly creative business concept, Midwest Tomato Fest “A tomato fight to fight hunger.”

Fowler Challenge Awards more than $65,000 in Scholarships

Focused on energizing the entrepreneurial spirit of UST students across campuses and colleges, the Fowler Business Concept Challenge asks students to develop a business concept that has the potential to become a viable, high-growth business.