Cox School of Business - Program Profile

Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship

Since its founding more than three decades ago, the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship continues to develop innovative courses to help individuals keep pace with the dynamic and rapidly changing field of entrepreneurship. CaruthInstitute@Cox equips students to launch and manage successful ventures through: academic courses for entrepreneurship, blockchain and e-sports; the Starting a Business certificate program; and the COX MBA Venture Fund. Through this Cox School of Business initiative, students gain skills and knowledge necessary to launch and manage successful entrepreneurial ventures. Read more...

Southwest Venture Forum

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 information. Read more...

Starting a Business Certificate Program

Targeted at working professionals, this course/certification is typically not taken by undergraduate students but is, instead, for aspiring or early stage entrepreneurs interested in taking the leap into a new venture! Read more...


Simon Mak - Executive Director of Caruth Institute
Nancy Hong, Assistant Director
Julianne Deering, Program Coordinator


Be inspired by and get involved! Join like-minded students in Undergraduate and Graduate Entrepreneurship Clubs. Pitch to win seed funding through Big iDeas and Cox MBA’s pitch competitions. Build an entrepreneurial mindset, new skills and community through programming at the Incubator@SMU. Applications are accepted at incubator for students, staff, faculty and alumni with corporate, social, tech, arts and creative ventures.