Historic Timeline

  • August 31, 1987

    Dr. Bob Brockhaus & Dr. Jerry Katz open the doors to the 22nd Center for Entrepreneurship in the U.S.
  • August 31, 1988

    The Center creates the Missouri Collegiate Entrepreneur Awards to honor youth entrepreneurs.
  • August 31, 1991

    The Coleman Foundation endows the Coleman Professorship in Entrepreneurship at Saint Louis University.
  • August 31, 1992

    The Price Institute of New York and Babson College present Dr. Jerry Katz with the Edwin Apple Award for Entrepreneurship Education.
  • August 31, 1993

    The Center co-hosts the Family Business Educators' Conference.
  • August 31, 1994

    The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship names the Center the winner of its National Model Program Award.
  • August 31, 1994

    The Center and Dr. Bob Brockhaus launches the Family Firm Forum, which specializes in assisting family businesses.
  • August 31, 1994

    The Academy of Management presents Dr. Jerry Katz with its Grand Prize for Divisional Innovation.
  • August 31, 1995

    The Center hosts the International Family Firm Institute Conference.
  • August 31, 1995

    Inc Magazine names Dr. Jerry Katz as the "Cyberpreneur," and identifies him as one of its top small-business researchers.
  • August 31, 1995

    The Academy of Management honors Dr. Jerry Katz with its Grand Prize for Divisional Innovation for a second time, while the academy's Entrepreneurship Division honors him with its Outstanding Contribution Award.
  • August 31, 1995

    Dr. Bob Brockhaus is elected to be a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business.
  • August 31, 1996

    Success Magazine ranks SLU's graduate program in Entrepreneurship #6 in the nation and its faculty #1 in the nation.
  • August 31, 1997

    U.S. News & World Report ranks SLU's graduate program in Entrepreneurship #21 in the country. Success Magazine again names the faculty #1 in the country.
  • August 31, 1998

    The Center expands the Missouri Collegiate Entrepreneur Awards to include all of North America, and the award is renamed North Amercia College Award.
  • August 31, 1998

    The Center helps the Lindbergh School District in St. Louis County establish an Entrepreneurship curriculum in its Lindbergh Academy.
  • August 31, 2000

    The Academy of Management's Entrepreneurship Division presents Dr. Jerry Katz with its Outstanding Mentor Award.
  • August 31, 2000

    The Small Business Institute presents its Homer Saunders Mentor Award to Dr. Bob Brockhaus. Meanwhile Potchefstroom University (S. Africa) names him an Extraordinary Professor in Entrepreneurship.
  • August 31, 2002

    National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers awards the Center the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Excellence Award
  • August 31, 2002

    North America Collegiate Entrepreneur Awards renamed Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, which are still run to this day by Entrepreneur Organization.
  • August 31, 2002

    U.S. News & World Report ranks SLU's Undergraduate program in Entrepreneurship #17 and the Graduate program in Entrepreneurship #21 in the nation.
  • August 31, 2006

    With generous support from Jim Allsup, the Center launches the Allsup Summer Entrepreneurship Academy to offer high school students an opportunity to learn entrepreneurial concepts and principles, including how to start their own business.
  • August 31, 2007

    The Center launches the Smurfit-Stone Entrepreneurial Alumni Hall of Fame to recognize and celebrate graduates of Saint Louis University who have contributed to our society and economy through entrepreneurial leadership in corporate and independent ventures, as well as in public, civic and social organizations.
  • August 31, 2007

    Dr. Jerry Katz launches the Gateway Series for Entrepreneurship Research to promote advances in scholarship on entrepreneurship and related disciplines.
  • August 31, 2008

    The Center launches Idea to Product, which is a unique academic competition looking at ideas at their earliest stage.
  • August 31, 2009

    Dr. Jerry Katz launches the Billiken Angel Network, a group of investors coupled with a $1 million sidecar co-investment fund from SLU’s endowment that focuses on finding SLU-DNA opportunities to invest in.
  • August 31, 2010

    The Center opens Habitat for Neighborhood Business, a volunteer, not-for-profit organization that develops retail and service business centers in economically distressed neighborhoods. The initial focus has been in North St. Louis City.
  • January 1, 2011

    The Center launches the Institute for Private Business to help owners of family and other private businesses to resolve critical issues, shape the future growth and power the future of the St. Louis region.
  • January 1, 2011

    U.S. News & World Report ranks SLU's Undergraduate program in Entrepreneurship #13 and the Graduate program in Entrepreneurship #17. This marks 19 straight years of being ranked in the top 25 nationally.
  • August 31, 2011

    Fortune Magazine names SLU's Entrepreneurship Program as one of five schools chosen that stand out among the 2,264 schools for entrepreneurs.
  • January 1, 2012

    The Center launches Entrepreneurship Diplomate, a noncredit certificate for students and community members that promotes entrepreneurial mindsets, skills, and connections to help make students from any school better entrepreneurs.
  • August 1, 2012

    The Center launches Diamond In the Rough, which identifies, supports and rewards the most promising student entrepreneurs at Saint Louis University. SLU's Diamond In the Rough provides training, mentoring and support to students from all schools who own and run their own businesses.
  • August 2, 2012

    Today in America with Terry Bradshaw selects the Center for Entrepreneurship to be featured in a national broadcast about Entrepreneurship education excellence.
  • August 3, 2012

    With generous support from the J.W. & Mildred Kisling Foundation, the Center for Entrepreneurship names the Volunteer Office in the Center for Entrepreneurship after this great entrepreneurial family.