Duquesne University has several initiatives aimed at helping student entrepreneurs and small businesses become assets of the Pittsburgh community. The university prepares students through a broad range of academic courses, on-campus institutes, and co-curricular activities.
The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps businesses of all stages integrate into the community. The SBDC offers consulting services at no cost and some fee-based services for people who are thinking of starting small businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania. Students can visit the SBDC to discuss business ideas with knowledgeable staff members.
The Center for Green Industries and Sustainable Business Growth is Duquesne’s initiative for supporting long-term environmental health through business development. The center offers regular training workshops and seminars in business development, startups, sustainability and more. The Center encourages student entrepreneurs to “go green” when their business plans become reality.
Duquesne University believes that entrepreneurism is the future of most business employment opportunities and prepares students for that reality. Undergraduates in the Palumbo Donahue School of Business can major in entrepreneurial studies to learn how to capitalize on business opportunities and understand business principles. Graduate students interested in entrepreneurship can pursue an MBA concentrated in finance, management, marketing, or supply chain management, depending on their interests.
The majority of professors in Duquesne’s entrepreneurial studies program are real, successful entrepreneurs. Classes are designed to reflect the reality of the business environment to show students how to plan and design startups. Students may also earn a minor in entrepreneurship by completing designated courses.
Duquesne’s entrepreneurial studies program has collaborated with several organizations to give students real-world entrepreneurial experience. Though it would be a great accomplishment to immediately start a business after graduation, Duquesne realizes not all students will be prepared to do so. Instead, Duquesne teaches students to become valuable employees willing to undertake entrepreneurial duties for any company or organization.
Some co-curricular activities at Duquesne are aimed to help young entrepreneurs make connections with business people while attending school.
The Duquesne Entrepreneurial Alliance (DEA) is a student-run organization whose mission is to develop and promote the spirit of entrepreneurship at Duquesne.
The DEA allows students to explore entrepreneurial jobs without leaving campus. Open to students from all academic majors, the DEA provides access to case studies and internship experience by connecting students with leading members of the community.
The DEA brings real, successful entrepreneurs to the university to discuss establishing and maintaining businesses in Pittsburgh. These monthly forums feature presentations and discussions that provide a platform for students to pitch ideas and start their own businesses. Members of the DEA gain firsthand access to local angel investors, an exciting opportunity for student entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into reality.
Graduate business students at Duquesne can join the Donahue Business Society and Net Impact. The Donahue Business Society holds monthly meetings to connect students with volunteer opportunities and assist in networking and career placement. Net Impact encourages positive social, environmental and economic impact through business development and relations. Members of Net Impact have access to executive leaders through webinars and video calls.
Duquesne University produces well-rounded student entrepreneurs by providing learning opportunities in the classroom, co-curricular organizations, and professional business development institutes.