Griggs Center for entrepreneurship & philanthropy
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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 fourth 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 and in the Abilene community to give students opportunities to learn, network with alumni entrepreneurs, and participate in various activities that promote and engage in entrepreneurship.

Springboard

For more than a 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, Central America and Asia.

Click here to apply for a Global Entrepreneur trip.

Wildcat Ventures

Wildcat Ventures comprises of a variety of 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’ Enactus team, which is a student-led, project-driven organization that focuses on sustainable and socially impactful entrepreneurship. Enactus is a “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.

Our team’s annual projects include hosting a children’s business fair, running a composting business, and conducting a personal financial planning curriculum designed for women who are coming out of homelessness and/or abusive relationships.