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More SU Entrepreneurship Programs

Dave and Patsy Rommel Center for Entrepreneurship

      Dave & Patsy Rommel Center for Entrepreneurship

  • The Rommel Center for Entrepreneurship is SU’s downtown hub for innovation, ideas, and entrepreneurial development. The center features a shared co-working space for SU student entrepreneurs, including four studio offices and eight individual “garages” for winners of the Ratcliffe Shore Hatchery and the Student Entrepreneurship Competitions. There is also a wet lab geared toward science startups and an Ecosystem partners' office where entrepreneurs can receive mentoring, community entrepreneur workspaces. The makerspace is a unique place where entrepreneurs of all ages can develop & innovate their ideas, brand & market their products and learn new skills.

Student Entrepreneurship Competitions

      Perdue competition judges

  • Salisbury University Perdue School of Business Student Entrepreneurship Competitions – Occurs each Spring. The Student Entrepreneurship Competition is a business plan competition open to any current Salisbury University students but you can have people on your team who are not current SU Students. This 30 plus year competition currently awards $100,000 cash, prizes and services to SU student teams. Students participate from all SU majors not just Perdue Business majors. Community and regional sponsors provide the awards and judge on the day of the competition. It includes 3 great competitions in one day! SU students have a chance to win prize money and business start-up awards to fund a business venture they dream of launching. Whether it’s a product or a service the options are endless! With the assistance of our ecosystem partners, we provide training workshops and mentor support to help our students catch the entrepreneurship spirit and turn their idea into reality. Students are not required to start their business in this competition but many do! Each year a number of these student businesses apply to our Ratcliffe Shore Hatchery Competition and a select group are invited to pitch their business in the Shore Hatchery.  

Shore Hatchery

shore hatchery presentation

  • The Perdue School of Business Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Shore Hatchery is a bi-annual Mid-Atlantic business competition. The Shore Hatchery is open to any Mid-Atlantic business startup. You do not need to be an SU student. It is a five year $1 million initiative which began in 2013 and recently renewed for a second $1 million 5 year term. The program assists entrepreneurs in creating new jobs in the community. Startups apply for a share of $200,000 annually. The goal of the Shore Hatchery is to reward individuals for their entrepreneurial efforts in the creation and growth of businesses with the potential of positively impacting regional employment within three years. Businesses are required to report back to the Shore Hatchery board annually on their progress.