Prepare to become a well-rounded leader and resourceful innovator with a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies. You’ll hone the analytical and critical thinking skills inherent in a liberal arts education while exploring the practical skills, ethical structure and fundamental concepts necessary for business or civic leadership. Our most popular minor, Entrepreneurial Studies cultivates agents of change across a wide-range of causes and careers.



Student SpotlightHailee Catalano '25

Major: media and society
minors: entrepreneurial studies, psychological science

"Something I have enjoyed most about my Entrepreneurial Studies journey is that I am able to tap into my leadership skills while learning what entrepreneurship truly is and why it is important. The highlight of my experience so far and the reason I decided to pursue this program is because of the amazing faculty we have in this department. My future plans include starting up my own non-profit to provide equitable access to healthcare." 



Experiential EducationCommunity Centric. Globally Aware.

Assist a local entrepreneur with their business plan at the Bozzuto Center, perfect and pitch your own big idea at the Centennial Center or network with alums through the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education.

At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, learning goes beyond textbooks and classrooms. You’ll gain high-impact practical experience that deepens learning and opens doors.

Through the Summer Sandbox program, students develop a non-profit or for-profit business idea over the course of nine weeks before making the pitch to investors, community stakeholders and regional entrepreneurs. 



FacilitiesBuilding Community

Home to the Entrepreneurial Studies Department, the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship is a collaboration space located in downtown Geneva. The facility is designed to host hackathons, social innovation challenges, seminars and other events that draw students downtown and invite local entrepreneurs and community members to connect with HWS.

The Bozzuto Center is named in honor of Thomas S. Bozzuto ’68, L.H.D. ’18 and Barbara M. Bozzuto. Thomas Bozzuto is a former chair and current honorary member of the HWS Board of Trustees. He is the chairman and co-founder of the Bozzuto Group.



No Borders:Global Education

Take business and marketing courses in South Korea or intern with an investment bank in London.

Wherever you go, our top-ranked global education program will allow you to apply classroom knowledge, develop cultural understanding and build global connections that expand your personal capacity and sense of purpose.



Examine the attributes of successful entrepreneurs in contemporary leadership roles. Learn to take an idea from conception to impact.


Learn the fundamentals of microeconomic theory necessary to pursue entrepreneurial enterprises in today’s society.


Master the basic accounting, statistical and Microsoft Excel skills needed to create financial statements, consider cost and pricing, build a budget and collect, interpret and present data.

Alum Impact


The entrepreneurial impulse shapes every aspect of your HWS experience — informing thinking, teaching and community spirit. This is a place where transformative ideas are celebrated, nurtured and brought to life.

Our graduates are leaders of the 21st century, driving innovation in the non-profit and for-profit sectors.

A sampling of Hobart and William Smith alum entrepreneurs:

  • Thomas Bozzuto ’68
    During Tom Bozzuto’s more than 50-year career in real estate, he has overseen and been responsible for the creation of more than 50,000 homes and apartments, garnering national renown for his leadership and vision in the industry. Bozzuto
  • Michael Barlow ‘11
    Through his subscription-based furniture rental service Fernish, Michael Barlow ‘11 provides young professionals access to stylish home décor at affordable rates. Fernish
  • Jonathan Flint ’73 and Terry McGuire ’78
    Flint and McGuire are the founders of Polaris Partners, a venture capital firm that specializes in nurturing big ideas into innovative products in the fields of technology and life sciences. Polaris Partners
  • Ben Greiner '18
    Following a life changing text message, Ben. Greiner '18 created and operates The TADProject, connecting people with mental health resources. TheTADProject
  • Matthew Mead ‘13
    Through the design-focused start-up company, Hempitecture, Matthew Mead ’13 is pioneering the use of industrial hemp as a building material in the United States. Hempitecture
  • Sara Wroblewski ’13
    One Bead, a nonprofit founded by Sara Wroblewski ’13 provides young students with mentorship, education and access to new opportunities through leadership programming. One Bead
  • Dan De Nose ‘10
    Dan De Nose ‘10 founded the nonprofit, Leaders of the 21st Century, which he first envisioned at HWS as a way to cultivate “civic-minded youth leaders in urban communities and prepare them for the world of work and beyond through professional and leadership development.” Leaders of the 21st Century
  • Luke Gutelius ’98
    Luke Gutelius ’98 co-founded the upscale clothing store TownPool. He is also the owner of Maax, Inc., another apparel company based in Manchester, N.H. TownPool
  • Sabrina Horn ’83
    An expert in consulting with more than two decades of management experience as a president and CEO, Sabrina Horn ’83 is CEO of Horn Strategy. Horn Strategy
  • Dianne Nickerson ’95
    As the founder and director of Castle Island Bilingual Montessori School in Albany, N.Y., Diane Nickerson ’95 has been able to integrate the passions she developed at HWS into a career that helps children foster lifelong independent learning. Castle Island Bilingual Montessori School
  • Ashley Isaac Ganz ‘95
    A noted travel industry expert specializing in international luxury travel with a cultural focus, Ashley Isaacs Ganz ’95 is the founder and CEO of Artisans of Leisure. Artisans of Leisure
  • Reeshemah Brightley ’99
    Sabree Special Events began as an event planning company focusing on the entertainment industry. As Reeshemah Brightley ’99 grew and evolved, she also founded Sabree Education Services (SES). Sabree Education Services
  • Susan Scott '67
    The New York Times bestselling author of Fierce Conversations and Fierce Leadership, Susan L. Scott ’67 is the founder and CEO of Fierce, Inc., a global leadership development and training company. Fierce, Inc.