About

Whitney Presentation Room - College of Business - Loyola University New Orleans

30% of entrepreneurship is teachable. 70% of entrepreneurship is experiential. We can give you both.

For a recap of our programs and impact over the last year, read our Annual Report 2015-2016.

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development (CECD) is Loyola’s hub for entrepreneurial activity across campus and a vital link to the New Orleans Entrepreneurial Community.

Through the creation of unique academic programs and experiential learning opportunities, we are developing the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs, as well building the innovation ready workforce necessary to catalyze the next stage of our local entrepreneurial renaissance.

What does that actually mean?

Entrepreneurship is more than just creating new businesses, and its principles apply to every industry and academic discipline. Anyone can have a good idea—but it takes skill development and practice to turn that idea into a profitable venture.  We focus on execution and getting to the edge innovation no matter what your passion.

What will you learn?

The Center’s students are trained to grow businesses (“scale”), build new things (“technology”), and meet the demands of a fast-paced environment that requires self-reliance, personal initiative, and critical analysis. These traits are demanded by employers everywhere, yet they are seldom displayed by college-aged job seekers. 

Students need experience, and New Orleans needs talent. We connect the two by placing students with organizations working with small businesses.