Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship

Caruth Institute @ Cox

From blockchain to venture investing, the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship provides essential insights and connections in the world of entrepreneurism. In addition, the Institute offers budding entrepreneurs a face-to-face platform to meet potential investors in the bimonthly Southwest Venture Forum. Another signature Caruth event: The annual Dallas 100 Awards, honoring the fastest-growing privately held companies in the Dallas area.

 

For 32 years, the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship at the SMU Cox School of Business and the Dallas 100TM sponsors have celebrated area entrepreneurs’ innovative spirit, determination, and business savvy. We have saluted the diversity, creativity, and resolve it takes to create and sustain a successful business in today’s hyper-competitive environment.

 

The 2022 application is open now until June 30; click here for more information.  

  • Southwest Venture Forum

    In 1990, the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship assumed responsibility for operating the Southwest Venture Forum, which had been founded by a local venture capital firm in 1984. The non-profit forum is a bimonthly breakfast meeting where entrepreneurs looking to start or expand their businesses meet with venture investors and the professional community to solicit financing and obtain advice.

    Learn more about SWVF

  • The Dallas 100 Entrepreneur Awards

    For 29 years, the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship at the SMU Cox School of Business and the Dallas 100TM sponsors have celebrated the innovative spirit, determination and business savvy of area entrepreneurs. We have saluted the diversity, creativity and resolve it takes to create and sustain a successful business in today’s competitive environment.

    Find out more at smu.edu/dallas100

  • Blockchain Program Initiative

    How will blockchain shape the future of business? In this program, students join Professor Simon Mak, who applies his technical background, global network and dot-com and open source startup experience to take on this emerging field. Together, the Cox School and the business community are advancing the theory and practice of blockchain entrepreneurship globally.

    Webinars

    Blockchain Commerce Update for Entrepreneurs and Investors 
    Offered by the SMU Cox Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship Blockchain Program Inititiative - Click here to view. 

    See more about the Blockchain Program Initiative

  • Supporting Student Success

    Caruth Institute equips students to launch and manage successful entrepreneurial ventures. Along with academic courses, student-focused programs include:

    • Blockchain Program Initiative : Explore blockchain entrepreneurship and help develop the business model of the future.
    • Cox MBA Venture Fund: Students manage investments to fund select startups developed by Cox students and alumni.

    Learn more about The Southern Methodist University Business Plan Competition

    Graduate

    The SMU Cox Graduate Entrepreneurship Club, founded in 2000, is a student-led organization dedicated to promoting innovation within the SMU community. The Cox Graduate Entrepreneurship club fosters opportunities for student club members to achieve their goals of starting and launching a viable business, exploring venture capital interest, supporting a startup, or inspiring entrepreneurial thinking. Click here for more information.

  • Webinar

    You can watch past webinar recordings here.

    SBA Loans: The Money's Gone, Now What?

    As seen on NBC Channel 5 this past Friday, John Terry will walk you through the process and more.  
    Speaker: John Terry

    Click here to view

  • Faculty