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The Entrepreneurship Center provides individualized assistance, competitions to test concepts and business plans, opportunities to win money to get students’ ventures off the ground, access to experienced business people eager to guide young entrepreneurs through their journey, connections to regional events and resources that can advance your venture, and so much more.

The High Point University Entrepreneurship Center fosters innovation and supports business ventures, advancing the entrepreneurship major offered by the Earl N. Phillips School of Business to the next level of excellence. It supports new emphases on entrepreneurship, sales, management and marketing. The Center breeds collaboration and creativity. The curriculum is fluid as it remains apace with current business trends and needs. Students learn new venture concepts using real-world scenarios based on the Center’s interactions with the local business community and its noted professionals.

Action plans for the Center’s activities include:

  • granting actual funds for start-up businesses owned by students
  • providing experiential learning opportunities
  • offering guest speakers from HPU’s extensive alumni and friend networks
  • working on projects for local businesses
  • supporting and training students to succeed as they enter business competitions
  • performing marketing research and designing marketing plans

Kathy Elliott 2015 CROPPED

Kathy Elliott
Director of the Entrepreneurship Center
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurship Center organizes two main competitions each year:

The Elevator Pitch Competition, held during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November, and the Business Plan Competition, held during in the spring semester.

Elevator Pitch Competition

HPU students have the opportunity to compete for cash prizes and pitch their best business ideas during Phillips School of Business’ annual Elevator Pitch Competition. The award money allows students to invest in their business ideas and move forward in making those ideas a reality.

Next year the competition will be held Wednesday, November 15th.  To compete, students need to submit an application in October.  Applications for future competitions may be obtained from Kathy Elliott, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, at

The competition is graciously sponsored by Steve and Jackie Bell / The Bell Foundation, the HPU Business Accelerator Fund,  FirstPoint, Inc. / Guilford Merchants Association, Troy Knauss, the Bailey and Trey McKee Entrepreneurship Fund, and Gary Simon.  Students vie for first, second, and third place awards, plus an additional people’s choice award.  Up to $20,000 in prizes may be awarded.

Students may compete individually or in teams.  The competition is open to any enrolled student at High Point University.

Apply today!

Business Plan Competition

The annual competition is open to all High Point University undergraduate students enrolled full time in the spring semester of the competition year, regardless of course of study. Be sure to check the full rules and requirements.

A panel of judges consisting of entrepreneurs, investors, and local business leaders evaluates each business plan and the corresponding presentations made by the chosen finalists.

Click here to read all of the details about the competition.


Entrepreneurship Club

The Entrepreneur’s Club (E-Club) was created to give our members hands-on experience in the field of entrepreneurship. Through speakers, innovative projects, and business competitions our members get a first hand look at the world of running your own business. Students of any major are welcome to join!

We meet Monday evenings in the Cottrell International Ballroom at 5:0opm. Our meetings are open to all High Point University students, faculty and staff.

Facebook: Entrepreneurship Club

Events & National Conferences

We regularly attend various events and national conferences designed to give our students the best opportunities to refine their business ideas and learn from leaders in the business world.

Our group boarding the shuttle to Kansas City, MO for the CEO Conference where we joined over 800 college students, faculty, and young entrepreneurs from around the world.

For more information on upcoming events and trips, please contact Kathy Elliott at or 336-841-9422.

We are proud of our many students who have turned their entrepreneurial spirit into businesses or winning business plans. Read below for just some of our student success stories.

Haley Bossart Builds Her Own Business

HPU Graduate Moves Forward in Walmart Open Call Product Placement Competition

Caitie Gehlhausen is the founder and CEO of Socket Lock-It. (photo courtesy of Socket Lock-It)

HPU’s Ryan Gilbert Helps Students with Storage

Students, Alum Launch “Zipsy” Social Media App


Senior Kristopher Hovland Founded Tekiture – A Company That Designs and Manufactures Desks for Computer Gamers