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Purpose and Philosophy

Entrepreneurship at Gordon

Entrepreneurship is practical, creative, cross-disciplinary and favors grassroots solutions, all qualities that complement and extend the liberal arts. Gordon College seeks to promote entrepreneurial thinking, and a setting like Gordon provides rich soil for nurturing agents of change and impact.

MISSION: To instigate faithful ventures for lasting impact

METHOD: Entrepreneurial osmosis: connections with entrepreneurial mentors
and immersion in start-up culture



There are a number of guiding focal points distinctive to the educational mission of the CEL.

Entrepreneurship is pioneering through unmapped terrain. Founders require vision beyond what is visible, ambition beyond what is rational, and courage despite few resources and many risks. The entrepreneurial process is a crucible for refining ideas and ideals.

Entrepreneurship animates personal convictions. Through new ventures, life-long learners grasp for meaningful change . . . today. Deep-seated beliefs and intentionality are directed toward a noble mission, service to others and personal fulfillment.

Entrepreneurship is a contact sport. Entrepreneurship is caught (more than taught) when aspiring change agents are immersed in pressing challenges and meet inspiring challengers. Ideas are made complete through practical implementation and those who learn most are unafraid to fail soon, fail often and fail hard. Our experiential pedagogy has a bias toward real needs, design-thinking, lean processing, deep learning and long-term (even eternal) change.

Entrepreneurship is a team sport. Excellence often calls for the guidance of authentic mentors, cross-disciplinary teamwork, and comprehensive solutions. Empathy is required for casting a vision and sustaining it over time. Intense exploration of this type requires friends for the journey.