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.
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.
Entrepreneurship in Kogod News
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How one Kogod School of Business student startup is innovating the community through digital music.
How one Kogod School of Business MBA alumna drives equity through entrepreneurship.
Kogod School of Business professor Caroline Bruckner explores how gig workers can ensure they’re...
Kogod School of Business MBA candidate Adeola Ajani cofounded Fem Equity in 2020 to eradicate the...
Undergraduate and graduate students worked with alumna author and entrepreneur to develop...
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.
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.
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.
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.