Griggs Center for entrepreneurship & philantropy
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Experiences

All students, regardless of major, can include entrepreneurship as a part of their ACU experience through the Griggs Center. We combine classroom learning with hands-on, real-world experiences that can be tailored to match your unique interests.

Acu Ceo

ACU CEO promotes an entrepreneurial spirit across ACU’s campus through its CEO Chapel Speakers Series, alumni entrepreneur networking events, spring break service trips, and opportunities for leadership among their peers. Our CEO chapter has earned the Global Chapter of the year distinction for the third year in a row, and has more than 150 active members.

Speaker Series

The Entrepreneur Speaker Series brings guest entrepreneurs to campus throughout the year, inviting them to share their business and life journeys in a talk-show style setting during CEO chapel, speaking in morning classes and visiting with CEO members during a catered lunch.

STARTUP WEEK

Startup Week is among the largest events of its kind in the nation and it coincides with the Global Entrepreneurship Week in hopes to bring awareness about entrepreneurship across the world. A celebration of all things entrepreneurship, we host over 100 events across ACU’s campus to give students opportunities to learn, network with alumni entrepreneurs, and participate in various activities that promote and engage in entrepreneurship.

Springboard

Over the past decade, our Springboard program has awarded over half a million dollars to aspiring entrepreneurs both on campus and within our Abilene community. Through events like ACU Startup Week and programs like Springboard, the Griggs Center is committed to partnering with various organizations to promote, connect and equip the regional entrepreneurship community.

Global Entrepreneur

Students can learn about entrepreneurship from U.S hotspots such as Silicon Valley, Dallas and Austin as well as various countries around the world. Trips are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Most programs offer course credit opportunities. Check out our upcoming trips to Silicon Valley, Honduras and Leipzig, Germany.

Click here to apply for a Global Entrepreneur trip.

Wildcat Ventures

Wildcat Ventures comprises eight completely student-run businesses on our campus. Businesses range from a cafe housed in our business building,to a software development company, a marketing research firm and a T-shirt design company. By managing or working for these various businesses, our members get to develop and practice the entrepreneurial skills they are learning in the classroom.

Enactus

 
The Griggs Center manages our campus’ chapter of Enactus, which is a world-wide “community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world. With over 50 students from various majors involved in our chapter, annual projects include hosting a children’s business fair, guiding elementary and middle school students through a simulated economy where they have the opportunity to practice their financial management skills and teaching a personal financial planning course to women who are coming out of homelessness and/or abusive relationships.