Our mission: to be the premier entrepreneurship center in the world

  • Facilitating entrepreneurial knowledge through research, teaching, and practice.
  • Acting as the hub for cross-campus entrepreneurial initiatives in the life sciences, biotechnology, informatics, law, music, and other areas.
  • Advancing the understanding of entrepreneurial management and increasing the potential for entrepreneurial growth and development through information sharing.

Our program: world class

JCEI's academic programs are nationally ranked. Our center is recognized as one of the nation’s leaders in entrepreneurship education with groundbreaking research appearing in top academic journals, books adopted by universities around the globe, through our comprehensive entrepreneurship curriculum offered at the PhD, MBA, and undergraduate levels, and our Entrepreneurial Innovation Academy for MBA students.

Headquartered in the Kelley School, JCEI has offices for cross-campus initiatives in the IU School of Medicine, Maurer School of Law, and College of Arts and Sciences, and affiliations with the Jacobs School of Music and the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. 

Our programs provide students with a wide range of experiences and classroom opportunities designed to develop their entrepreneurial perspective. Students work with some of the world’s most recognized entrepreneurship authorities including department faculty in management and entrepreneurship, finance, and marketing in the Kelley School, and faculty from the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Our history: the Johnson family

The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University established the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (JCEI ) in 1998, thanks to a financial gift from Richard “Dick” and Ruth Johnson given in recognition of their family, the Johnson’s lifelong commitment to the Kelley School, and their own entrepreneurial achievements. 

Today, JCEI is the focal point for all entrepreneurial activity on the IU Bloomington campus. The Kelley School first offered an entrepreneurship program in 1989, and entrepreneurship courses at IU date to 1959. 

I am so proud to impact the lives of so many brilliant minds pursuing their passions and creating the world of tomorrow.

Dr. Donald F. Kuratko, The Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship, Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Executive Director

The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business also houses the administration for the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC), founded by our executive director, Dr. Donald F. Kuratko, for collaboration and communication between all member university-based entrepreneurship centers.