About Paul J. Hooker Center

Vision

To develop and sustain a nationally recognized entrepreneurial ecosystem at Bowling Green State University (BGSU).

Mission

Establish a preeminent center for entrepreneurial leadership that integrates academic, experiential and lifelong learning and that actively contributes to economic vitality in the regional economy.

The Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Schmidthorst College of Business at Bowling Green State University is one of 20 centers worldwide recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

It is also Northwest Ohio's premier resource for entrepreneurial education, featuring a week-long Entrepreneurship Week (E-Week) each April. E-Week brings entrepreneurial leaders from around the country to campus.

Opportunities to Launch Business Ventures

E-Week includes The Hatch event, which is similar in format to the television show "Shark Tank" and is touted as a best-in-class practice program where BGSU students known as “Hatchlings” pitch their business ideas to alumni investors. To date, more than $600,000 has been invested to support the student businesses.

BGSU alumni also have the opportunity to incubate their business ideas. The Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership has expanded its incubation program to assist BGSU alumni through $100,000 of available funds generously donated by alumni over the years.

Entrepreneurship Academic Curriculum

The Center promotes the entrepreneurship minor offered through the College and has more than 650 students enrolled in the minor each year. Special music entrepreneurship and arts entrepreneurship classes are offered to students. The entrepreneurship program at BGSU is ranked in the top 3 percent of universities in the country.

In addition to college courses, the Center offers a high school curriculum focusing on entrepreneurship to teachers and promotes entrepreneurship throughout the world through speaking engagements and programming.

Meet Paul J. Hooker and History of the Hooker Center

Updated: 12/14/2021 09:59AM