About Us

History, mission, and vision

Founded in 1997, the CEC's vision and mission is to provide a state-of-the-art entrepreneurship curriculum and research base not only for potential student entrepreneurs and scholars, but for people in the many organizations that interact with small, entrepreneurial, and family-owned businesses on a daily basis. The CEC seeks collaborative efforts between students and faculty from across the university to remove barriers and create gateways to entrepreneurism. The University of Cincinnati's Entrepreneurship program is ranked one of the best in the United States by Entrepreneur Magazine, the Princeton Review, and Success Magazine.


Executive Director

Thomas Dalziel, PhD

Affiliated faculty and staff

Sidney L. Barton
Ralph Brueggemann
Kevin Connor
Dean Duval
Greg Lechner
Sunanda Manoharan
Charles Matthews
Ron Meyers
José Nine
Dennis Reinersman
Harrison Rogers
Derek Shewmon
Bill Watts

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Commercialization works in concert with a 14-member advisory board, including venture capitalists, technology executives, entrepreneurs, consultants, accountants, and attorneys.

Undergraduate courses

Students must complete six courses in the Entrepreneurship/Family Business major:

  • 4008: New Venture Finance;
  • 4035: Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship;
  • 5070: Entrepreneurship;
  • 5098: Capstone in Family Business/Entrepreneurship;

and two electives, choosing from:

  • 4001: Intro to Innovation;
  • 4010: Mgmt. of Closely Held Firms;
  • 4060: Fin. Mgmt. in Privately Held Firms;
  • 5001: Corporate Entrepreneurship;
  • 6076: Not-for-Profit Accounting;
  • 5000: Intro to Direct Marketing;
  • 5099: Guided Study in Entrepreneurship;
  • 5093: Special Topics in Entrepreneurship & Family Business.

Graduate courses

At the MBA level, students have the opportunity to take a number of courses in the one-year full-time or three-year part-time programs. Graduate courses listed in the catalog, include:

  • 7005: Entrepreneurship: New Venture Creation;
  • 7015: Entrepreneurship and E-Commerce;
  • 7025: Global Entrepreneurship;
  • 7035: Family Business.

In addition, students have the opportunity to conduct faculty-guided, student-based field case studies in 7012: Strategic Management, 7082: Special Topics, and 7095: Marketing. In addition, several doctoral students have completed dissertations focused on small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Graduate competitions and venture support

The UC MBA New Venture Business Plan Competition provides an internal forum while the UC Spirit of Enterprise Graduate Business Plan Competition (intercollegiate) provides an external forum for students to road-test their venture concepts. The Bearcat Bridge Fund provides seed capital for new student ventures and the Bearcat Launch Pad is a strategic alliance with local companies and organizations to provide low-cost office space for student and faculty ventures.


Center research focuses on enhancing our understanding of entrepreneurial career choice, new ventures, emerging markets, and practical suggestions to enhance firm survivability once launched. UC is one of the founding members of the Entrepreneurship Research Consortium (ERC) Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED) dedicated to a longitudinal examination of new venture creation from nascency.

Our faculty publish in a variety of reputable entrepreneurship and management journals such as:

  • Academy of Management Review
  • Corporate Governance, An International Review
  • Entrepreneurship & Regional Development
  • Strategic Management Journal
  • Journal of Family Business Strategy
  • Journal of Management Studies
  • Journal of Small Business Management
  • Journal of Small Business Strategy
  • Small Business Economics