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Elmhurst Entrepreneurs

Don’t Just Find a Career—Create It

Calling all entrepreneurs! The Elmhurst University Entrepreneurship Initiative is your resource for learning about launching a new business.

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:

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

Portrait photograph of Elmhurst College Entrepreneur in Residence Patrick Yanahan.Students have the unique opportunity to learn from and work with Entrepreneur 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

Virtual Think Space

The Elmhurst Entrepreneurs Virtual Think Space exists for students to share their thoughts and plans regarding entrepreneurial ideas and concepts. Join us on Tuesdays throughout the Fall semester from 4:00–6:00 p.m. via Microsoft Teams.

Join the Think Space Meeting

Entrepreneur in Residence Hours*

*During the academic year.

Upcoming Events

Elmhurst Entrepreneurs Lunch and Learn
  • Nick Bank
    Bank will share the lessons he learned as he launched two businesses while at Elmhurst
    Dec. 3, 2020, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
    Join the discussion

Past Events

  • Daisy and Alex Betance
    Virtual lunchtime Q&A with Elmhurst University alumni: Launching Your Own Startup in the Clean Lifestyle Products Market
    Nov. 18, 2020
  • How Student’s Entrepreneurial Idea Became Bili Blankets for Africa
    Virtual event with Matt Glucksberg
    Nov. 11, 2020
    Replay This Event
  • Tim Palmer
    CyberSafe 360 founder Palmer shared his thoughts about starting a company in the IT security realm.
    Oct. 28, 2020
    Replay this Lunch and Learn
  • Bluejay Tank Pitch Competition
    Virtual event featuring students’ ideas for business and entrepreneurship.
    Oct. 21, 2020
    Watch the Bluejay Tank Replay
  • Why Diversity in Entrepreneurship Matters
    Virtual event with Christina Hamilton, Melissa Villanueva and Angela Howard
    Oct. 7, 2020
    WATCH the Panel replay
  • Elmhurst Entrepreneurs Lunch and Learn
    As the founder of HomeWatch Caregivers, Dennise Vaughn will share information on starting a business in senior care.
    Sept. 30, 2020
    Watch the Lunch and Learn replay
  • How I Became a Successful Entrepreneur via Robots
    Virtual event with Jerome DuBois, the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of 6 River Systems
    Sept. 24, 2020
    Watch the robot replay
  • How Economic Downturns Create Opportunities for Entrepreneurs
    Virtual event with Mitch Harris, owner of Strongbox Fitness in Glen Ellyn
    April 16, 2020
  • 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

About Elmhurst Entrepreneurs


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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