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 American University Center for Innovation 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 American University Center for Innovation 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 an AUCI venture to get start-up work experience. 

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

In 2021, Entrepreneur and 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

December 16, 2021
From the Lobby of Kogod to One of the Fastest Growing Companies in the DC-Area

Learn how Kogod alum Michael Chavira took his business idea from possible to proven.

December 14, 2021
Inequity in the Gig Economy–Could Islamic Finance Be the Answer?

Kogod’s visiting Fulbright Scholar, Edham Abdul Rahman, examines the role Islamic finance...

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September 29, 2021
How to Transition Careers During a Pandemic

Hear what tips three Kogod alums and the assistant dean of career services have for transitioning...

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August 17, 2021
Meet the Winners of the Meaningful Change Video Pitch Challenge

The competition caps off the AU Center for Innovation's annual Startup and Standout event, a series...

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August 16, 2021
Surviving and Thriving through the Unexpected

How Kogod alum and entrepreneur Michael Bleau successfully pivoted his live events company during...

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August 11, 2021
Outside In

Business administration and MS in sustainability management alum Becks Treharne describes how she...

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American University Is Ranked in the Top 50 Best Undergraduate Programs for Entrepreneurs

In 2020, Entrepreneur and Princeton Review ranked American University in the top 50 best undergraduate programs for entrepreneurs. The ranking takes into account each institution’s ability and dedication to providing access to world-class mentors, professors and alumni, as well as creating an environment where ideas can flourish.

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At Kogod, we practice what we teach.

Kogod Introduces 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 #35 Most Innovative School

In spring and summer 2020, 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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AU Center for Innovation Alum Cameron Ross Named as One of DC Inno’s 25 under 25 Class of 2020

Kogod and AU Center for Innovation alum Cameron Ross launched Celise BioProducts to provide compostable straws, cups and lids to the food service industry. Celise will be rolling out custom straws for all District Taco locations by the end of the year, and they're now also in local Pupatella Pizza and Hank's Oyster Bar locations.

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