About the Center

Founded in 2021, The Beckendorf Family Center for Innovation and Global Entrepreneurship in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration was established to connect students with entrepreneurs in the community and to promote the entrepreneurial mindset through ideation, innovation and engagement.

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Our mission is to promote entrepreneurial thinking, innovation, and action by incorporating educational programs, experiential activities, networking, and outreach opportunities to both internal and external stakeholders.


Our vision is to be the hub of all efforts related to entrepreneurship at the University of the Incarnate Word and the home of all entrepreneurial thinkers. Students can benefit from the program by participating in start-up and pitch competitions and by taking courses that support their degree plans. Entrepreneurship-related courses are open to all students enrolled at the University.