Elmhurst University E-celerator

Don’t Just Find a Career—Create It

Calling all entrepreneurs! The Elmhurst University E-celerator is your resource for learning about launching a new business or innovating from within an existing one.


Through sharing ideas and learning from others, we will champion the entrepreneurial spirit at Elmhurst and in its surrounding communities. All students are encouraged to take advantage of what this initiative has to offer:

  • Speaker series and other virtual and live events
  • Networking and ideating with other entrepreneurs in your area of interest

Have an idea for an app, product or business? Ever wondered about what goes into a startup? This space is for you.

Learn from Experienced Entrepreneurs

Students have the unique opportunity to learn from and work with Executive in Residence Patrick Yanahan ’94, MBA ’10. In addition to his business know-how, Patrick can help students find resources and make connections in order to pursue their interests.

Meet Patrick

Executive in Residence Hours*

  • Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (A.C. Buehler Library, Room 016)
  • Fridays: 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (virtually)

Students can make appointments via phone call (contact the WCPE), by emailing patrick.yanahan@elmhurst.edu or through their Handshake accounts

*During the academic year.

Upcoming Events

E-celerator Presents: Tesla Motors on Campus
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
A.C. Buehler Library, Lower Level, Room 016

Come join the Innovation and Entrepreneurship E-celerator program as we welcome Tesla Motors on campus. The Tesla team will cover innovation and then, after waivers are signed, we will have Tesla cars outside for the students to test drive with their staff. Pizza will be provided and this will be a special lunchtime presentation. The exclusive event is open only to Elmhurst University Students and Staff.

E-celerator’s Bluejay Tank Pitch Competition
Monday, October 30, 2023
4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Mill Theatre

Come watch students present their unique business ideas as they compete for $3,000 in prizes. This is E-celerator’s biggest event of the year! The Bluejay Tank Pitch Competition provides an exciting, educational experience while challenging students’ creativity and entrepreneurship skills. This fun and energy-fueled pitch competition is open to all majors and both undergraduate and graduate students. Join us in watching this exciting competition! Pizza and refreshments will be provided.


E-celerator Presents: Student Speed Networking with Entrepreneurs
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
A.C. Buehler Library, Lower Level, Room 016

Students will have the opportunity to speed network in-person with five to six successful entrepreneurs from various backgrounds in a fun, speed-timed setting. This popular event is returning this fall! Only 20 slots for current Elmhurst University students will be available for this event. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Past Events

E-celerator Entrepreneur Speaker Series: Keith Wakeman from SuperBetter
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Virtual (Zoom)

Come join the Innovation and Entrepreneurship E-celerator Program as we welcome tech and health entrepreneur Keith Wakeman on his mental health and tech app game journey. Keith will talk about how he launched and scaled up his app SuperBetter dot-com. The SuperBetter app uses the psychology of gameplay to achieve epic wins in all of life. Over 1 million people have played SuperBetter. This event will take place on Zoom and be recorded for night classes.

View a complete listing, and request a replay of recorded events.

Learn the Skills of Entrepreneurship

Did you know that Elmhurst University now offers a Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship? Follow your passion and develop the skills necessary to create new ideas for businesses.

Learn More

About the E-celerator


To create and champion an entrepreneurial spirit at Elmhurst University and its surrounding community.


To foster an ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurial aspirations and guides executions to future success by providing the necessary knowledge, resources and mentorship.


The University thanks PNC Bank and Innovation DuPage for their partnership.

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