Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation

The Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Initiative (E-SII) is the focal point for entrepreneurship and innovation at Gettysburg College where ideas for both new social ventures and for-profit startups can be explored, cultivated, and developed. With the assistance of ESII, any student can hone and build upon their experiences, connections, and skills to give them the confidence to grow their ideas into ventures.


Gettysburg Entrepreneurs

Making serious business out of play

Making serious business out of play

For an entire day, Jennifer Arnold Brevoort ’00 (middle, above) and her cofounders at Pop-Up Play transformed Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia into a festival of pre-designed play for children. It was a kid-sized wonderland, with kids of all ages creating the games and activities they wanted to play. All Brevoort and her cofounders provided was the structure and resources that allowed them to play creatively.

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Programs & Organizations

The Entrepreneurial Fellowship

The fellowship creates a platform to connect alums with the current student body and promote an environment that cultivates and inspires entrepreneurism.

StartUp Experience

Entrepreneurs Club

Support Entrepreneurism

Many of the entrepreneurial activities on campus are made possible by generous alumni and friends of the College. Learn more about how to get involved. Contact Entrepreneur-in-Residence Drew Murphy at dmurphy@gettysburg.edu or make a donation online.


  • The Entrepreneurial Mindset working session, Monday, February 5 at 8:00 p.m., Science Center 300
  • The Entrepreneurial Mindset working session, Thursday, February 8 at noon, Science Center 300
  • The Art of Creativity working session, Monday, February 19 at 8:00 p.m., Science Center 300
  • The Art of Creativity working session, Thursday, February 22 at noon in Science Center 300
  • March 2: Preliminary applications for the Ideas Competition and the Entrepreneurial Fellowship due
  • March 23: Final applications for the Ideas Competition and the Entrepreneurial Fellowship due
  • April 2 to 6: Ideas Competition finalists’ presentations
  • April 7: announcement of Ideas Competition winners
  • April 20: Entrepreneurial Fellowship finalists’ presentations

Entrepreneurial Advisory Council

The Entrepreneurial Advisory Council works closely with the Entrepreneurial Fellowship and is made up of members who are entrepreneurs or professionals holding high-level positions in dynamic industries. These advisors donate their time to mentor students and improve the quality of our entrepreneurial programs.

Get to know the members of the council.

The Liberal Arts Context

Through lectures, workshops, hands-on experiences, and curricular connections that transcend academic departments, E-SII helps students realize their entrepreneurial potential that they can use throughout their lives and their careers. Entrepreneurs need the skills we most often align with a liberal arts education: critical thinking, effective communication, and a global perspective. Our entrepreneurial competitions and curriculum reinforce these skills to create a campus culture that embraces entrepreneurial activities and social innovation, empowers students to leverage their liberal arts education, and encourages the pursuit of ideas that will have a positive impact on the world.