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Grow Your Ideas!

Do you have an idea that will change the world? Help someone solve a problem? Have you always had a desire to launch your own company?

Great ideas, or great businesses, aren’t developed in a vacuum. The Center for Student Development has compiled the following resources as a way for Vanderbilt students to connect with the campus and Nashville entrepreneurial community.

We want you to benefit from the experience and professional expertise of others. Building your network is one of the best things you can do to find a job or internship, and it is even more vital for entrepreneurs.


Undergraduate Coursework

These courses allow you to learn about the process for creating your own business – or in some cases to start it! Check YES to see when these courses take place.

  • Survey of Entrepreneurship (MGRL 194) – Managerial Studies
  • Entrepreneurial Challenge (MGRL 195) – Managerial Studies
  • Entrepreneurship: The Business Planning Process (MGRL 196) – Managerial Studies
  • Technology-Based Entrepreneurship (ENGM 253) – Engineering Management

Student Groups

Student organizations are a great way to meet with other students who share an interest in entrepreneurship.

[Employers: please contact us if you are interested in working with this group.]


Vanderbilt Innovation and Entrepreneurship Society (VINES)

The Vanderbilt Innovation and Entrepreneurship Society strives to serve as an educational resource for students of Vanderbilt University with an interest in entrepreneurship or innovation. 


Campus & Community Organizations

There are additional Vanderbilt and Nashville area resources that can be of help to you as you build your business network.



For further reading, check out these articles, related to entrepreneurship, start-ups, and innovation:

Lessons From Vanderbilt And Rockefeller: Know Your 'One Big Thing'

The 15 Best Accelerators In The U.S. (March 2014)

SXSW 2014: Five Things We Learned