Our Mission

We exist to educate, inspire, and support students in developing the skills and mindset of an entrepreneur.

We view entrepreneurship through the wider lens of entrepreneurial thinking – a highly versatile set of skills and a mindset essential across a wide variety of settings.

Students engage in experiential learning that cultivates the skills and mindset necessary to solve wicked problems.

The center delivers on its mission through experiences guided by our ‘learn, engage, build’ framework.



Foundational and broadly applicable learning experiences that cultivate entrepreneurial literacy and skills.

  • BBA concentrations: Entrepreneurship and Design & Innovations
  • MBA concentration: Entrepreneurship
  • Certificate Programs
  • Minor Future



Impactful and direct experiences in the entrepreneurial ecosystem that immerse students in the practice of entrepreneurship.

  • Founder speaker series
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystem excursions
  • Student organizations
  • Entrepreneurial networking



Hands on and direct application of tools and skills that builds entrepreneurial mindset in and outside of the classroom.

  • 3-day startup
  • Business model competition
  • Entrepreneurial internships
  • Seed funding

The new Miller Entrepreneurship Center is an entrepreneurial hub where students from across campus can come to build on their ideas, interact with faculty and mentors, and connect with entrepreneurs from the community.

Located at Miller Hall 3041

Mentor Network

The W&M Mentor Network connects motivated, entrepreneurial students with experts who can provide insights and guidance about making progress on their entrepreneurial endeavors. Read more here.


StartupTree is the world’s leading platform for entrepreneurial students and alumni at colleges, to support and provide you with even greater resources to succeed. Create an account via the link below and you will be able to add your venture or project, find opportunities, request mentors, and more as you go through your entrepreneurship journey!



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The Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center was made possible by Alan and Jill Miller. Alan B. Miller is Chairman and CEO of Universal Health Services, Inc., which he founded in 1978. UHS is a Fortune 500 company, ranked 324th in 2014, and one of the largest and most respected hospital management companies in the nation. It owns and operates facilities in 37 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, with annual net revenues in excess of $8 billion.


Mr. Miller also serves as Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of Universal Health Realty Income Trust (NYSE – “UHT”), a REIT he founded. Prior to founding UHS, Mr. Miller was Chairman and CEO of American Medicorp Inc., a pioneering hospital management company.


Mr. Miller has received numerous awards for his business and charitable activities. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1991 by Ernst & Young, Inc. and Merrill Lynch and Financial World named him CEO of the Year in hospital management. He also has been named by Modern Healthcare as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” for the last 12 years: 2003-2014. In 1992 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Carolina and received The George Washington University President’s Medal in 2002. He received the Chairman’s Award from the United Negro College Fund, the Americanism Award of ADL and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. In 1999 he was presented with the first Lifetime Achievement Award of the Federation of American Hospitals, honoring him for his many years of industry leadership.


Along with Alan and Jill Miller, the following individuals have generously supported the Center:

Mari Ann Banks & Charles A. Banks Hon ‘05

Eugenia St. George & Nicholas j. St. George ’60, B.C.L. ‘65

Jacqueline Ganster Thamm ’75 & Erik G. Thamm ‘72

Susan Hall Fitzgerald ’85 & Michael H. Fitzgerald MBA ‘84

Kevin J. Tunick ‘77

Ronald J. Monark ‘61

Leigh Ann Smith Pence ’00

Albert G. Clay Family Foundation

Morey H. Goldberg

Barbara Dunaway Bowers ’65

Michael J. Bowers

Barbara Sahady

Michael Sahady

Cynthia Satterwhite Jarboe ’77

Blythe Baldwin Clay ’68

Robert N. Clay ‘65

Kermit Buntrock MBA ‘94

Louise Canfield

Robert C. Canfield

Jean Henry Stakias ‘72

Michael Stakias ‘72

Michael S. Holtzman ‘92

Martha H. Patten

Donald N. Patten

Clara Mackenzie Smiley

Stephen P. Smiley MBA ‘76

Ronald C. Whitaker