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The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences is an active part of the university’s entrepreneurial ecosystem—promoting creativity and innovation through select coursework, experiential programs, research endeavors, and Extension programs

Students gain experience and mentorship from faculty and business leaders in product innovation, pitch development, strategy, marketing, management, teamwork, business competitions and more. Developing entrepreneurial skills and hands-on business experience provides our students with a competitive advantage in the workforce and enriches the next generation of leaders

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“Entrepreneurship and innovation are the bedrock of most products and services we admire. In CAFLS, we foster and provide financial support to students ready to take the leap from concept to creation. By doing so, we equip them with a deep understanding of the entrepreneurial spirit that drives their future employers and potentially their own ventures!”

Dr. Andrew Hurley
Professor and Director of Entrepreneurship

Meet Dr. Hurley!

As a dynamic Professor in the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences, Dr. Hurley brings his entrepreneurial spirit into the classroom and beyond. With a rich background as a successful entrepreneur himself, he is excited and ready to guide aspiring student entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey—whether you are just beginning to explore the world of entrepreneurship or are looking to scale your existing idea. He is dedicated to helping you turn your passions into profitable ventures while you pursue your studies. Get ready to innovate and ignite your entrepreneurial spirit with Dr. Hurley!

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College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Seminar (AFLS 2090)

In this seminar, students embark on a creative journey to conceptualize an innovative business idea related to a field within the CAFLS. They identify a compelling new product or service for which they develop a business and marketing plan and prepare a competitive pitch for funding to support the continued development of the idea. Offered fall only. May be repeated for a maximum of four credits.

Brook T. Smith Launchpad

The Brook T. Smith Launchpad is the Entrepreneurship Hub of Clemson University. It offers free membership to students, faculty and staff to engage in entrepreneurial education, networking and support to launch their businesses or pursue support careers in the State, National and Global entrepreneurship ecosystem.

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Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership helps Clemson students, faculty, staff, and alumni develop an entrepreneurial mindset, a way of thinking, motivated by visions of their personal leadership impacts and ownership. Personal fulfillment is at the heart of all our program objectives. We know that personal fulfillment is a prerequisite for enduring wealth creation

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Entrepreneurship Minor

An Entrepreneurship Minor is available to undergraduate students in disciplines across campus. This set of courses is intended to serve those students who desire to supplement their undergraduate degree with expertise related to accounting, finance, management, new product development, and commercialization of inventions. See the Undergraduate Catalog for more information.

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students listening to speaker during Spiro Institute startup talk

Other Resources

There are many resources available outside of CAFLS and Clemson University. From accelerators and incubators to angel investors to business development counseling, see what support South Carolina offers to budding entrepreneurs!

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