Since its founding more than three decades ago, the Caruth Institute has continuously developed
innovative courses and programs to help individuals keep pace with the dynamic, rapidly changing field
of entrepreneurship. The Institute currently offers more than 18 custom-designed courses to give
students the skills and knowledge necessary to launch and manage successful entrepreneurial ventures.
Undergraduate and MBA entrepreneurship clubs are active on campus
Non-profit forum where entrepreneurs seeking to start or build a
business can meet with sources of capital and professionals to
facilitate the acquisition of financing and to obtain advice and
Targeted at working professionals, this course/certification is typically
not taken by undergraduate students
This six-course minor provides an overview of how to develop and launch a new arts venture, either for-profit or nonprofit. You'll learn how to create work consistently, build a business plan, and identify funding to get your venture off the ground.
Media Entrepreneurship - class
SMU's most prestigious student engagement program, projects funded
up to $2000 and listed on student transcripts.
SMU is a member of the CGI University Network and provides funding to
SMU student commitment-makers who commit to take action in the the
areas of education, environment and climate change, peace and human
rights, poverty alleviation and public health.
Get your idea off the ground. Pitch it for a chance at $1000 seed
money and three months to build a prototype or pilot program.
Turn your prototype or pilot into a business plan. Pitch it to a panel of
business experts for $5000 and one year to get it started.
The CUBE is where ideas happen. It has furnished studio, co-working
and break-out classroom spaces.
CUBE Fridays are cool events for anyone on their journey from idea to
innovation to entrepreneur-land. The events include mini-workshops,
crash courses, pitch parties, and access to experts in the field.
The Deason Innovation Gym is a student-centered makerspace filled with both high tech and common
tools and materials. We welcome all SMU students, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels,
from across campus. With a little training, students can use the 3D printers, laser cutter, CNC
carving machine, vinyl cutter and power tools to create objects and complete projects, both
personal and for class.
The Hunt Institute works closely with scientists, who have promising research and innovations in
the areas artisanal support, sustainable agriculture, access to clean water, affordable shelter,
energy access and efficiency, and financial innovation by providing seed funding and/or
facilitating and supporting their work through the expertise of the Institute’s staff and
Many faculty members at the Lyle School of Engineering have experienced success as entrepreneurs
and enjoy sharing their insights with students. If you would like to be connected with a faculty
mentor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Periodically, the Lyle School of Engineering hosts distinguished entrepreneurs as part of the
Engineering Entrepreneurship Speakers Series.
The clinic will offer services for small start-up companies and individuals, as well as provide
essential skills training for law students. The USPTO chose SMU because of its curriculum, pro bono
service to the public, and community networking and outreach.