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Dr. Jeff Cohu is an experienced management consultant, entrepreneur, and educator. In addition to his ongoing consulting practice, he currently serves as an Associate Professor of Management and Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Cohu has also consulted on numerous start-up enterprises and has worked with business incubators and accelerators from coast to coast and internationally. Cohu has coached many student start-ups from inception through launch to Series D financing or exit strategy. He has advised and worked with venture capital groups around the globe and has also been heavily involved in creating and advising micro-financing funds focused on supporting entrepreneurship, social enterprises, economic development, and poverty alleviation.

jeff.cohu [at] (Connect with Dr. Cohu)


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At the Lipscomb University Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, we have a network of talented and experienced mentors, both on staff and in our external community, who can help you launch and grow your business.

We will be there every step throughout your entrepreneurial journey to provide ongoing, hands-on, coaching and assistance during each phase of your start-up journey. We will help you find the resources and expertise you need to be successful and match you with mentors who are experts in your chosen business and industry.

A Framework for Success

Research suggests that most entrepreneurial businesses fail primarily due to the inexperience of the dreamers who start them. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation intervenes with an environment in which creativity is shaped by solid business knowledge.

Students will experience what it means to start their own businesses well before graduation. In fact, upon graduation, student entrepreneurs should have a finely-tuned business plan ready to execute, one that has survived student and faculty critique based on the experience of faculty mentors who have traveled down the same entrepreneurial journey.

Students will also have many opportunities to conduct customer discovery research to validate their business models and make necessary iterations to improve business success.

Their mentorship and guidance along the way was instrumental in helping my business grow — Garrett Elmore, Haulee

K-12 Programming

The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation provides service and programming for K-12 students and educators upon request including presentations, workshops, and advising. Dr. Cohu speaks and advises many K-12 institutions across the country. If you are interested in exploring a partnership with our center please entrepreneurship [at] (contact us.)

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Summer Scholars

Summer Scholars offers a business entrepreneurship course designed to introduce students to the world of business through an entrepreneurial lens, exploring opportunities to create value. Throughout the course, students collaboratively develop and implement a business model, gaining insights into its applicability across various business endeavors. Additionally, students have the opportunity to independently cultivate their own business ideas.

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Meet Our Team

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Jeff Cohu
Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Alexandria Arnette
Assistant Director & Operations Manager, Center for Entrpreneurship & Innovation
Jerry Stubblefield
Jerry Stubblefield
Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship