The Office of Engaged Learning - Program Profile

The Office of Engaged Learning supports undergraduate researchers and entrepreneurs campus-wide through out-of-the classroom experiences, funding, and mentoring support.

Entrepreneurship opportunities through the Office of Engaged Learning

Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU)

SMU is a member of the CGI University Network and provides funding to undergraduate and graduate social impact entrepreneurs and innovators who aim to take action in the the areas of education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation and public health. Read more...

Big iDeas

The Big iDeas is an undergraduate program for funding and educating entrepreneurs from across all schools at SMU and from ideation to pitching a business plan. All winners of the Big iDeas competitions gain access to the Incubator@SMU all all of its amazing resources. Read more...

Pitch Competition

Get your idea off the ground. Pitch it for a chance at $1000 seed money and three months to build a prototype or pilot your corporate, tech, creative, arts or social venture.

Business Plan Competition

Turn your prototype or pilot into a business plan. Pitch it to a panel of business experts for up to $5000 and one year to set your venture in motion.


The Incubator@SMU is located in Suite 700 of Expressway Towers on east campus. The new space is a hub for all entrepreneurship programs - arts, corporate, creative, tech and social alike. Members benefit from co-working and break-out meeting spaces, Mustang Mentors, entrepreneurs in residence, training support and funding for their ventures. Pitch competition winners gain access to the incubator and all undergraduate, graduate, staff, faculty, and alumni are encouraged to apply. Read more...

E-Forum: Weekly Round Table and Guest Speakers

Members and the community at large are invited to talk with successful entrepreneurs, knowledgable faculty, and network with fellow entrepreneurs.

E-Launch: From Ideation to a Business Plan Pitch Competition

This series of mini-workshops and coaching sessions support entrepreneurs in the skills needed to launch a venture including: ideation, market research, Business Canvas, prototyping, creating a business plan, marketing... Offered in both in extended week and one-day bootcamp formats. Big iDeas winners are required to attend but all events are open to the entire SMU community.


Jennifer Ebinger - Director, Office of Engaged Learning: Undergraduate Research and Campus-wide Entrepreneurship Initiatives
Adam Neal - Assistant Director: Undergraduate Research and Engaged Learning Fellowships
Camille McCallum - Program Specialist, Entrepreneurship: Big iDeas and Incubator@SMU