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EOC - Entrepreneurs on Campus



EOC - Entrepreneurs on Campus is a platform for L&C students to engage with thought leaders and successful entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world in a series of co-curricular activities that emphasize entrepreneurial thinking and doing.  

Through formal and informal events that are held in our eLab, on campus and throughout the community, the EOC platform provides students with access to first-hand experiences with groundbreaking entrepreneurs and innovators in a diverse range of fields. This allows students the opportunity to connect and engage with people whose ideas and work match their own interests and pursuits.

From the arts to technology, the sciences to social enterprises, the EOC platform promotes entrepreneurial principles and practices that aim to empower the liberal arts.

Would you like to suggest a speaker or group?  Tell us about it!

To learn about recent EOC events, click the links below.

Recent Events

  • Here are excerpts from Gina Bianchini’s question and answer session for the Dinner with an Entrepreneur Series in April.  Over sixty students attended this event with the CEO of Mightybell software platform and co-founder of the Lean In online community.
  • Michelle Lantow, CFO of New Seasons Market, was the speaker guest for the Dinner with an Entrepreneur Series on February 26th, 2015.  Throughout her varied career, she communicated the message that you don’t have to be an entrepreneur to be entrepreneurial.
  • During the dinner Ms. Parkin gave a speech about defining, pursuing, and realizing your personal “all.” She walked us through her journey from being a teacher to showing up to interviews unprepared to becoming the Global Chief HR Officer for Adidas. The entire time she emphasized the importance of dreaming and pursuing those dreams with tenacity.
  • On November 6th, 2014, the Center for Entrepreneurship hosted a dinner with Marshall Kirkpatrick, CEO and co-founder of Little Bird.  Kirkpatrick discussed his journey that led him to create Little Bird, and how it happened through his passion for blogging.
  • On September 23rd, 2014 the Center for Entrepreneurship at Lewis & Clark hosted Amber Case ’08, Board of Trustees member, and director of R&D at ESRI.  She shared her story, the valuable lessons she learned, and ended the talk with a Q/A with Michael Kaplan, the director of the Center.
  • Jim Knapp spoke with Lewis & Clark students for the first EOC - Entrepreneurs on Campus event in the new “eLab”.  He built a $100 million company that creates and crafts digital content for some of the most well known companies in America.
  • On April 23rd, 2014, Lewis & Clark College hosted Remy and Andrew Neymarc, the youngest directors ever of a Superbowl Commercial.
  • On January 31st, 2014, Lewis & Clark College hosted’s Distinguished Engineer, Allan Vermeulen.  After a one-hour talk, he stayed to speak with students and other attendees during a food and beverage reception in Gregg Pavilion.