Discover Entrepreneurship

The Bates Center for Purposeful Work offers and supports programs and events year-round to foster students’ discovery of entrepreneurship, start-up and pitching skills, and social, material and technological innovation.

Bobcat Ventures

Bobcat Ventures is Bates’ own student-run entrepreneurship competition. The Center for Purposeful Work advises the Bobcat Ventures student leaders and supports alumni mentoring, clinics and judges for this highly engaging and successful semester-long program.

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Practitioner-Taught Short Term Courses on entrepreneurship

2017: Startup Project Management Bootcamp, led by Serial Entrepreneur John Stadler
and The Business of The Arts, with Sara Juli, dancer and consultant

2015: Practicum in Entrepreneurship, led by Darrell Williams ’86, founder and CEO of Eighteen Ventures and HealthTech Maine

2014: Digital Innovation, taught by Ben Schippers ’04 and Will Schenk, co-founders of Happy Fun Corp, featuring guest speakers, entrepreneurship talks and computer lab time