The entrepreneurship center promotes startup ideas at Columbia College

At Columbia College, the Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship gives students a better understanding of creating and running a business.

The Steven and Barbara Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship at Columbia College helps students identify and secure resources needed to create new businesses or improve existing ones. It promotes experiential learning based on classroom instruction, internships and mentoring.

Student Pitch Competition

The Student Business Pitch Competition at Columbia College allows students to develop and present business ideas for cash awards. Students studying on campus, online or at any location may participate. Up to ten entries are selected to be presented publicly at The Pitch Competition online or on campus in Columbia, Missouri.

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Mentor program

Mentors play a critical role to the success of student entrepreneurs. They inspire, teach, challenge creativity and encourage students to realize their potential.

The Fishman Center has a robust network of professionals who serve as  mentors to Columbia College students.

Mentors involved in the program:

  • Share knowledge, wisdom and experience
  • Provide valuable contacts
  • Build confidence and stimulate curiosity
  • Share successes and trials
  • Help set goals
  • Assist in identifying key resources

About the Fishmans

Steve Fishman is former CEO of Big Lots, Inc. Fishman is a former Columbia College trustee, and he and his wife, Barbara, are both Columbia College alumni.

Join them and make a donation to support student entrepreneurs.