FACULTY: WHY CEO?
Membership with the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization opens doors to resources, networks, and mentorship opportunities...
all while providing organization infrastructure, leadership experience, and diverse entrepreneurial challenges for college students. Collegiate entrepreneurs see opportunities for innovation and seek to solve them through venture creation. Our members are progressive thinkers, resourceful, and resilient. As a valued member of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization network, you’ll be joining a network of hundreds of likeminded institutions and faculty members focused on building a brighter future for their students through new innovation. This is a collegiate experience unlike any other that will change each student's way of thinking and send them forward envisioning a world of possibilities.
David Gee, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Director - Launchpad
“I have been teaching marketing and entrepreneurship for 20 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and now the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I have never worked with such a highly motivated, focused, and result- oriented students as CEO members. This applies not only to our University of Wisconsin-Whitewater chapter but also those at a national and international level. For students that have a true commitment to launching their own startup, investing in startups, or becoming leaders within innovative organizations becoming an active member of CEO is an absolute must!”
Dr. Dianne Welsh, University of North Carolina - Greensboro
Founding Director - Entrepreneurship Cross Disciplinary Program
"CEO is a catalyst to ignite opportunities in our students together with our entrepreneurship cross-disciplinary program across campus. All students, all majors, are welcome. CEO provides a forum to not only reach across campus to explore entrepreneurial opportunities with others, but across the CEO network of students outside our campus. We bring programming not found anywhere else."
Jackie Davis, Georgia State University
Associate Director - Entrepreneurship & Innovation Institute
"The Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization is an integral part of Georgia StateUniversity’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The student organization is a co-curricular activity led and run by a team of graduate and undergraduate executive board members. The CEO leadership team has the opportunity to network with subject matter experts and deliver relevant content to their members. CEO members gain valuable experience through engagement in with local industry professionals, entrepreneurs, as well as participation in weekly workshops, professional development sessions and local and national pitch competitions to launch or scale their business ventures. Our chapter regularly collaborates with other CEO chapters in the Metro Atlanta region, and hosted its first ever virtual conference during the COVID-19 pandemic."
Develop your Students
Part of the entrepreneurial experience for students is developing, organizing, and operating their own venture to solve a problem or fill a need. CEO's chapter structure focuses on a chapter-wide common goal. This allows our members to have direct influence on the outcome of the common mission. This sense of ownership and influence is a small taste of a potential entrepreneurial future. On a regular basis, members of CEO tackle administrative, financial, and operational challenges in order to further develop their mission. Throughout our members tenure with CEO, they develop essential managerial, innovative, and communication skills to further their entrepreneurial careers and grow into great leaders.
Open Career Opportunities
A career in entrepreneurship comes in many different forms. From venture creation to intrapreneurial careers, the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization offers a variety of resources tailored toward any entrepreneurial career path. For our venture creators, you’ll provide access to a vast network of contacts in a variety of fields waiting to connect and further support their efforts, an entrepreneurial boot camp provided by the Acton School of Business focused on developing a concrete business plan, and investor opportunities through global pitch competitions. Will one of your students launch the next big-time startup? For your entrepreneurial-minded members seeking a career in established businesses, membership with CEO provides access to an exclusive career center with full time job listings, internship opportunities, and a live resume review feature. These job listings are available to CEO members from companies who pay to exclusively seek out our entrepreneurs to fill intrapreneurial roles, vital to the forward progress of their company mission.
Promote your University or College
Not only does membership with the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization add value and resources to your student's career path, it also goes a long way to develop the entrepreneurial ecosystem on your campus! Our Faculty Advisor’s efforts go a long way to develop the reputation of their universities through nationwide networking opportunities, awards earned at entrepreneurial conferences, and the association with a globally recognized organization itself. What may begin as a small effort to launch a chapter on your campus could have life changing implications for future entrepreneurs!