Co-Founded by Wukich Scholar Michael Vawter
(SHU MBA ’16)
Read an article about how the academy helps children.
Visit the Robot Academy site.
Papers Accepted for Conferences in U.S. & London
Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) Oct 2-4 2014, London
“Nurturing Enterprise: Integrating Teaching and Entrepreneurship at Small Liberal Arts Schools,” by Assistant Professor of Business John Dobson
U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) January 22-25 2015, Tampa, Florida
"Moving Beyond the Lean Start-Up: Why the Lean Start-Up Misses Key Aspects for the Vast Majority of Entrepreneurs," by Assistant Professor of Business John Dobson
“Implementing the ‘Lean’ Start Up Approach in a 3-Course Entrepreneurship Track of an MBA Program” by Entrepreneur-In-Residence Michael Pochan
National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance(NCIIA)aka Venturewell March 20-21 2015, Washington, D.C.
"What Happens When an Engineer Teaches Blank's Lean Approach at a Small Liberal Arts College," by Entrepreneur-In-Residence Michael Pochan
Wukich CEO Entrepreneurs-In-Residence
Read an interview with Michael in GoForward magazine.
Michael was honored as Community Volunteer of the Year at the Norwin Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Business Expo in March 2015.
Larry A. McKee
Larry has 30+ years of business experience, and has served as an auditor, director, controller, CFO and CEO.
Wukich CEO Programs & Services
The Wukich Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities strives to ‘demystify entrepreneurship’ by helping students understand it as a mindset, and not a one-time event.
Programs, services and resources provided by the Center include:
- Elevator Pitch Competition.
- Business Model Competition.
- Business Plan Development.
- Entrepreneurial Lecture Series.
- Entrepreneurial skills workshops.
- Wukich Venture Fund (which provides initial capital for approved student businesses).
- Faculty entrepreneurship research and curriculum development support.
- Advisory and counseling services to Seton Hill entrepreneurs involved in for-profit and nonprofit businesses.
In addition to assisting current students, faculty and staff, services provided by the Wukich Center are also open to Seton Hill alumni.
Student Business Generation
During 2012, 29 students came to the Wukich Center with new business ideas, 16 developed business plans and five launched businesses. One of these businesses was Pleasant Lane Farms. Read more about this new business on the Success Stories page.
Since 1997 entrepreneurial thinking has been taught, applied and refined during coursework throughout the undergraduate curricula in classes from art to math to theatre. In Connections, a required core curriculum course for all freshmen, students are introduced to entrepreneurship and encouraged to develop a plan to "be an entrepreneur of your career."
In 2009, with the support of Daniel J. Wukich, the University created the Wukich Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities to coordinate, support and enhance all entrepreneurial activities on campus.
Click here for more information on the entrepreneurial culture at Seton Hill.
Daniel J. Wukich
A member of Seton Hill’s board of trustees, Daniel J. Wukich is the founder of Quest Healthcare Development, Inc., which includes two continuing care retirement communities and Quest Realty Partnership. A generous donation from Daniel Wukich allowed Seton Hill to create the Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities.