Entrepreneurial Leadership Center


The Entrepreneurial Leadership Center (ELC), in conjunction with the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center, strives to foster and create innovation, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking across the university community. The ELC promotes and supports entrepreneurial activities and approaches to problem solving, and provides a value-added contribution to the economic development of our region.

Several students from Kutztown University participated in the State System Startup Challenge where competitors with the best innovative business idea had an opportunity to win up to $10,000 to help make their entrepreneurial dreams come true.  Congratulations go out to Shantal Ewell, who won the first place prize of $10,000!  Other students representing KU in the Startup Challenge included Isaac Reiter, Matthew Sodano, and Philip Jani.  Go Bears!

Shantal Ewell headshot

Shantal Ewell - 1st Place Winner of the State System Startup Challenge!