The Center for Entrepreneurship at Millikin University is a dedicated resource for entrepreneurs at every level. Through a variety of programs and development opportunities, The Center serves Millikin faculty and students, youth (ranging in age from elementary to high school level), community, and local businesses.

Upcoming Programs

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Food Innovation & Entrepreneurship Course
Thanks to a grant from the Lumpkin Family Foundation, Millikin will be holding a food innovation and entrepreneurship class at Decatur’s new food startup incubator – National Foodworks Services! (575 N. Brush College Rd. – immediately next to ADM’s James R. Randall Research Center).

In this class, students will learn the history of the food industry, current industry trends and opportunities, how to identify markets, creating new products and processes, and the tools and skills needed to take a food idea from "concept to cart".  How do gluten-free foods effect the industry?  How are Millennials changing the market?  Can it be true that boxed cereal is considered a dying product?  Who are successful food entrepreneurs and why? How does packaging effect the scalability and customer acceptance of products?  Innovation and entrepreneurship exercises will use -- food!  Field trip opportunities to other food industry incubators will be offered. This course will be taught by Dr. Omaima Hatem, Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Julie Shields, Director of Millikin's Center for Entrepreneurship.  

This course is for Millikin students and community members. Pre-requisites?  None.  (But, people who like food are encouraged to register.)
January 26 - May 18
Thursdays 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Please contact Julie Shields ( for more information!


Epiphany Farms




Institute for Science Entrepreneurship (ISE) Speaker Series
Speaker: Ken Myszka, Owner, Epiphany Farms Hospitality Group
Thursday, February 2, 2017 | 7:30 pm, Lower Richards Treat University Center


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Startup Weekend Decatur
Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, and business development folks come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend. It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build your community in Decatur and launch your next startup!
Friday, Febaruary 10-Sunday, February 12, 2017

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Millikin Open House
Center for Entrepreneurship | Community | Tabor School of Business
Millikin students present future working environments
December 6, 2016, 2:45pm
With some combined focus and a vision for what can be, Decatur, Ill., can be a destination for young entrepreneurs looking to solve global problems in central Illinois. Students from...
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Arts Technology
Academic | Arts | Center for Entrepreneurship
Arts Technology Expo
December 5, 2016, 2:15pm
Millikin University hosted its first annual Arts Technology Expo on Dec. 2 in Lower Richards Treat University Center. The event showcased interdisciplinary artwork and technology work...
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ADM Scovill Hall
Academic | Center for Entrepreneurship | Tabor School of Business
Millikin, Richland partner to offer Food Innovation course
December 2, 2016, 12:30pm
Millikin University and Richland Community College have partnered to create a Food Innovation course that will be offered for the spring 2017 semester. The course was made possible...
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