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Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship

The Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship is an innovative student resource that provides skill building, mentorship and real-world experiences vital to the development of creative critical thinking.

Students can apply a new creative thought process to start a new business, solve a problem that stands in the way of generating positive change, or work with others to achieve high-impact, collaborative, team-driven results. The center and its experiential learning program build upon the Mount’s liberal arts core curriculum to assist students in identifying problems, generating ideas and creating solutions in a practical way

Phone: 301.447.5517
Email: pce@msmary.edu
Located Behind Archbishop Borders Hall
Director: Michael Unruh, Ed.D.
Graduate Assistant: Caitlin Sawyer

Elevate Your Ideas

Students learn how to elevate ideas from drawing board to reality through interdisciplinary coursework, ideation and by participating in co-curricular activities such as:

  • Mountrepreneur Club

    The Mountrepreneur Club promotes and supports active student engagement in entrepreneurial learning and doing activities, on campus and beyond.

  • Big IDEA Competition

    The fall 2021 Mount "Big IDEA" Competition encourages students in all disciplines to think about problems and opportunities facing society and to present a novel solution to improve the world (even if only at a local level). 

  • Loiello Business Pitch Competition

    The spring 2022 Loiello Business Pitch Competition offers an opportunity for students to further refine their nascent and early-stage business goals, and pitch for cash.

  • Individualized Assistance

    Explore your entrepreneurial ideas, understand concepts, and terminology and complete course assignments.

  • Pop-Up Workshops and Seminars

    Share fundamentals of various skills central to entrepreneurial success.

  • Field Trips

    Field trips to entrepreneurial events, pitch competitions, and networking opportunities in the regional higher education network and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

  • Incubator/Accelerator Meet-Ups

    The Incubator/Accelerator Meet-Ups offer students structured opportunities to visit local sites supporting startups to meet with emerging entrepreneurial companies.

  • Entrepreneurial Guest Sessions

    The Entrepreneurial Guest Sessions invite speakers to campus to share real-life entrepreneurial experiences and lessons learned.

  • Virtual Entrepreneurs in Residence

    The Virtual Entrepreneurs in Residence (VEIR) program provides opportunities for student entrepreneurs to connect with entrepreneurial alumni.

  • Community Partnerships

    Community partnerships with regional organizations supporting entrepreneurial and economic development activities promotes student awareness of and access to valuable networking opportunities, technical assistance resources and possible funding sources.

Built on Generosity

The Palmieri Entrepreneurship center was made possible through a generous $1 million donation from Mount alumni Paul Palmieri, C’92, and Diane Loiello Palmieri, C’83.

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