Elmhurst Entrepreneurs

Don’t Just Find a Career—Create It

Calling all entrepreneurs! Starting in the Spring Term, Elmhurst College is opening up a dedicated space for learning about launching a business.

In this space, located in the A.C. Buehler Library, Room 016, we will champion the entrepreneurial spirit at Elmhurst and in its surrounding communities. All students are encouraged to take advantage of what the center has to offer:

  • Guidance, coaching and mentoring from our Entrepreneur in Residence
  • “Bluejay Tank” pitch competition
  • Speaker series and other events
  • Space to network and ideate with other entrepreneurs in your area of interest
  • A student-run entrepreneurship club

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

Students have the unique opportunity to learn from and work with Entrepreneur in Residence Patrick Yanahan ’94, MBA ’10.

Get to know Entrepreneur in Residence Patrick Yanahan.

Meet Patrick

Portrait photograph of Elmhurst College Entrepreneur in Residence Patrick Yanahan.

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for news on upcoming virtual events.

Past Events

  • What It Takes to Be a Successful Entrepreneur
    Meet and Greet with Mark Heintz
    Feb. 19, 2020
Businessman Mark Heintz addresses students and faculty at Elmhurst College during his talk "What it Takes to be a Successful Entrepreneur."

Mark Heintz

  • How Economic Downturns Create Opportunities for Entrepreneurs
    Virtual event with Mitch Harris, owner of Strongbox Fitness in Glen Ellyn
    April 16, 2020

About Elmhurst Entrepreneurs

Think Space

A.C. Buehler Library, Room 016

  • In addition to meeting with the entrepreneur in residence (hours below), students can meet with one another to ideate on Tuesdays from 4:00–6:00 p.m.*

Entrepreneur in Residence Hours*

  • Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (will include rotating days on campus in Buehler Library Room 016, Innovation DuPage, and remotely on Apple FaceTime and Google Hangouts)
  • Fridays, 10:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (in A.C. Buehler Library, Room 016)
  • Students can make appointments via phone call (contact the WCPE), by emailing patrick.yanahan@elmhurst.edu, or through their ECCONNECT Powered by Handshake accounts

*During the academic year.


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


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

The PNC Bank logo

The Innovation DuPage logo.

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