Outside the Classroom

At ESTEEM, we are not just about courses and thesis. We realize that a lot of the learning occurs outside the classroom. Following are some examples of how students engage with real-life entrepreneurs:

Workshops and Seminars

A number of guest speakers have come in to talk with our entrepreneurship master's students about entrepreneurship, their companies, and their personal experiences with technology commercialization. In the past year these guests have included:

  • Dan Hesse, former CEO of Sprint
  • Dennis Boyle, co-founder and partner at IDEO
  • Mark Howell, chief operating officer of Angie's List

Students also participate in competitions like Startup Weekend, the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship's Ideas Challenge, the McCloskey Business Plan competition, and the AT&T Hack-a-Thon.

Trips to Entrepreneurial Hubs

We take students on several trips from startups to big corporations to entrepreneurial hubs like:

  • Better World Books
  • 1871 in Chicago
  • Union Station Technologies
  • Silicon Valley


Our students have access to an extensive network of experienced alumni and advisors that assist our students with entrepreneurial and thesis related issues.  In addition to this network of experienced mentors and ESTEEM thesis advisors, each student is provided with access to a commercial advisor that has experience in the market space.