Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation Initiative

“A liberal arts education might be viewed as a metaphor for entrepreneurship… Undergraduate entrepreneurship education should not be viewed as a narrow careerist pursuit, but as giving life to the traditions of the liberal arts education.”
–Dennis Ray, Liberal Arts for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Initiative

Entrepreneur-in-Residence Drew Murphy ’84 explains the goals of E-SII.
Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Initiative

Get Involved

Entrepreneurship and social innovation are the methodology of applying what you learn in the classroom to real world problems in order to create a solution and effect positive change. Learn about all the different ways you can engage with E-SII to build your entrepreneurial mindset, connect with alumni entrepreneurs, develop innovative ideas, and implement them.

  • Business-Entrepreneurial Thinking Program
    The Business-Entrepreneurial Thinking Program is designed to help students develop their entrepreneurial skills and professional potential. Taught by Gettysburg College faculty and outside business and entrepreneurial leaders, this program is designed to give students real world understanding and the tools that they need in order to leverage their liberal arts education in the real world.
  • Academic Credit
    After going through the Business-Entrepreneurial Thinking Program in the fall, students can enroll in ECON 463 Business and Entrepreneurial Thinking in the spring to conduct an independent study on starting a new venture. It is the ideal preparation to be a successful candidate for the Entrepreneurial Fellowship.
  • Entrepreneurial Fellowship
    The Entrepreneurial Fellowship is an innovative curriculum with activities, connections, and resources for students to gain leadership and entrepreneurial experience. It culminates in a competitive application process in the spring to receive funding and mentorship over the summer term and beyond. Students will be equipped with the skill set to launch their own venture.
  • Schedule an Appointment
    For question about ECON 463, email demurphy@gettysburg.edu. For questions and advising about the program, email sniemann@gettysburg.edu or make an E-SII appointment in Handshake.