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Entrepreneurship Centers

Whether you want to start your own business, create a breakthrough niche in an industry, or bring entrepreneurial skills to your current or future workplace, Drake’s entrepreneurship centers will give you the knowledge, experience, and assistance you need to succeed.

The Buchanan Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, established by William and Jean Buchanan, is focused on providing up-to-date and challenging academic opportunities for students. Center offerings include Drake’s major in entrepreneurial management and minor in entrepreneurship.

Drake's Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship Outreach , made possible by a gift from John and Mary Pappajohn, serves as a hub for connecting students, alumni, and local businesspeople in a collaborative learning environment.


Drake’s location in Des Moines provides unlimited possibilities for you to gain experience and network with up-and-coming entrepreneurs in one of the nation’s best environments for startups. Just take a look at some of Des Moines’ latest accolades:

  • No. 1 in America's Best Cities for Young Professionals—Forbes (2014)
  • In its special series, “Healthy, Wealthy, Wise,” the TODAY Show reveals Des Moines is the wealthiest U.S. city for regular folks (2014)
  • Second strongest local economy in the U.S.—POLICOM (2013)
  • Ranked among the top six cities in the nation where small business are thriving—CNN Money (2012)
  • No. 2 city in America for jobs—Forbes (2012)

Through the two centers, entrepreneurship education offerings are found in every college and school at Drake. From Delta Rx in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and app development courses in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication to the music business concentration in the College of Arts and Sciences, entrepreneurial leadership is an important aspect of a Drake education.


Looking for information on EO Iowa? Visit the website, or download the 2015 EO Iowa Fellowship Program Application.


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July 17, 2015
Sammons Enterprises, Inc., parent company of Des Moines-based Sammons Financial Group, has donated $1 million to Drake University for the Sammons Endowed Professorship in Actuarial Science, a program that supports a new or existing professor of actuarial science and will be used to retain or attract outstanding faculty members.