Kogod School of Business

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Forge a New Path

We were the first business school in DC to teach entrepreneurship, and almost a half-century later, our entrepreneurs are still creating the transformative, sustainable, and socially just solutions the world needs.


Entrepreneurship is for everyone.

We offer all AU students courses, minors, specializations, and independent studies in entrepreneurship that are designed to help you develop creative problem-solving skills; build business, nonprofit, and social ventures that address significant world problems; and gain access to Kogod's growing ecosystem of entrepreneurs, resources, and partnerships for startups.


We help you build and grow your venture.

The Veloric Center for Entrepreneurship Incubator helps graduate students, undergraduate students, and recent alumni build successful profit or nonprofit/social entrepreneurial ventures that are sustainable and can scale over time. The incubator provides accepted ventures with experienced mentors, networking and educational opportunities, workspace, resources, guidance, and a start-up financial grant.


Network with investors and experienced entrepreneurs.

The Veloric Center for Entrepreneurship provides opportunities for all students to participate in competitions, events, seminars, information sessions, and networking. Join a hackathon, compete in a venture capital investment competition, participate in DC Startup Week, or work for a Veloric Center venture to get start-up work experience. 

We Know Success
American University Is Ranked in the Top 50 Best Graduate Programs for Entrepreneurs

In 2023, the Princeton Review ranked American University in the top 50 best graduate programs for entrepreneurs. The ranking takes into account schools' programming and graduates' success rates in the business world, the number of mentors available for students, and more.

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Entrepreneurship in Kogod News

March 8, 2024
AU and Kogod Students Take the Role of Venture Capitalists in Global Competition

Students hear pitches from companies and form investment strategies as part of the Venture Capital...

February 21, 2024
CAVA CEO Recounts the Company’s Growth and Evolution During a Recent Visit

CAVA CEO visits the Kogod School of Business’s Veloric Center for Entrepreneurship as part of Alan...

February 8, 2024
Inspiring Innovation Through Marketing

Kogod School of Business marketing professor Kelli Frias shares how her passion for...

January 24, 2024
From Marketing Pro to Movie Star

How Kogod School of Business alum Howard Lockie built a successful performing arts career through...

December 14, 2023
“Get Better Every Day:” Sports Leader and Entrepreneur Mark Ein Shares His Business Savvy

Owner of the DC Commanders, Mark Ein, visits the Kogod School of Business and speaks on navigating...

October 26, 2023
Harnessing Data-Driven Decision-Making for Hiring and Investments

Two Kogod School of Business professors explore the crucial role of human dynamics in startups and...

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Kogod Alum Named to Forbes' 2023 30 Under 30 List

Lacey Kaelani used what she learned from the Veloric Center Incubator to establish two successful startups, host a conference for women in blockchain, and gain national recognition for her contributions to consumer technology.

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At Kogod, we practice what we teach.

Kogod Houses First-of-Its-Kind Co-Op Program

The Kogod Cooperative Education Pilot Program (Kogod Co-Op) is the first co-op program at AU and the first among its business school competitors in the DC area. 

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American University Ranked #46 Most Innovative School

In spring and summer 2023, US News & World Report asked top college officials to identify institutions in their Best Colleges ranking category that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology, or facilities.

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Kogod Alum Ben Hills Pioneered an AI Platform to Tackle Data Tasks

Hills launched Hey Iris AI to support employees in answering repetitive questions regarding data, compliance, and privacy.

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