Mission of the Stahl Center
The mission of the Stahl Center for Entrepreneurship and Real Estate is to instill entrepreneurial thinking at Lewis University and to create a community of practitioners with a lifelong commitment to achieving social and economic progress through entrepreneurship. By combining practitioners and researchers from multiple disciplines in developing entrepreneurial activities, Lewis University can build a support system that will greatly enhance the ability of students and other key stakeholders to turn ideas into successful growth ventures. This in turn will have a positive impact on economic development and growth for the regional economy.
Goals of the Entrepreneurship Scholar in Residence Program
Definition of Entrepreneurship
- Advance the formalization of entrepreneurship at Lewis University.
- Encourage and support the entrepreneurship of faculty.
- Expand the Stahl Center to create a place where entrepreneurship come together to pursue research, education and community outreach initiatives.
- Strengthen Lewis University's relationships with local and regional business.
A broad definition of entrepreneurship has been adopted to encourage scholarship by Lewis University faculty and students from many disciplines:
The capacity and willingness to develop, organize and manage a business venture along with any of its risks in order to make a profit. The most obvious example of entrepreneurship is the starting of new businesses. In economics, entrepreneurship combined with land, labor, natural resources and capital can produce profit. Entrepreneurial spirit is characterized by innovation and risk-taking, and is an essential part of a nation's ability to succeed in an ever changing and increasingly competitive global marketplace.
Scholarship Funded by the Stahl Center
The entrepreneurial activities supported by the Stahl Center will be initiated through proposals from Lewis University faculty. The proposals may fall into three broad areas of scholarship:
- Faculty release time to conduct research around entrepreneurship
- Support for faculty-student research projects
- Equipment and materials
- Support for publishing of findings
- Guest lecturers/speakers
- Symposia at Lewis or Lewis participation in off-campus symposia/conferences
- Integration of Center-funded work into curriculum
- Internship opportunities
- Roundtable events to obtain industry participation and feedback
- Joint research projects with corporate partners
- Summer programs for educational, corporate and/or military partners such as ROTC
Proposals submitted for funding may be for research, education and community outreach initiatives that are consistent with the Mission of Lewis University, the Mission and Goals of the Stahl Center, and relate to entrepreneurship, as broadly defined. The recipient of the proposed entrepreneurship scholar must be a current faculty member or a student with a Lewis University faculty sponsor.
If you have questions regarding the types of initiatives funded by the Stahl Center, the proposal submission process, or any other aspect of the Entrepreneurship in Residence Program, please contact:
Stahl Center Director