Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship

Caruth Institute @ Cox

This year, NVCA, Venture Forward, and Startup@BerkeleyLaw are excited to share that the third VC University LIVE certificate program will take place virtually, from November 12-14, in partnership with the Robert B. Rowling Center for Business Law & Leadership at the SMU Dedman School of Law and the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship at the SMU Cox School of Business in Dallas, Texas.


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From blockchain to venture investing, the Caruth Center provides essential insights and connections in the world of entrepreneurism. In the Center's bimonthly Southwest Venture Forum, budding entrepreneurs meet face to face with potential investors. Another signature Caruth event: The annual Dallas 100 Awards, honoring the fastest-growing privately held companies in Dallas

  • Supporting Student Success

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

    • Starting a Business: An eight-week certificate program that covers everything from business plans to social media entrepreneurship.
    • 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.

  • StartUp Camp 4 Teens

    The SMU Cox TeenTrepreneur Course

    If you’re an aspiring teen-aged entrepreneur looking to increase your probability of winning, and wanting to take advantage of your time off this summer, the TeenTrepreneur Certificate Program is for you. Just imagine learning critical life skills while working with peers and experienced entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurial summer camp is an excellent way to set yourself up for success.

    Learn more about Teen Startup Camp

  • Starting a Business

    The SMU Cox Entrepreneurial Short Course

    If you’re an aspiring or early-stage entrepreneur looking to increase your probability of winning, and wanting to avoid losing thousands in early business mistakes, the Starting a Business Certificate Program is for you. Just imagine being able to bypass the months and years of stumbling around trying to figure it out and instead improve your success rate when you choose to take the entrepreneurial leap.

    Learn more about Starting a Business

  • 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.

    See more about the Blockchain Program Initiative

  • The Dallas 100 Entrepreneur Awards

    Onmi HotelFor 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.

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  • 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

  • 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

    Upcoming Webinar

    Blockchain Commerce Update for Entrepreneurs and Investors
    Offered by the SMU Cox Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship Blockchain Program Inititiative

    Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 9-10am
    Register for the webinar here.

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