In July 1985, the Center for Entrepreneurship was founded as an interdisciplinary unit of the
College of Business of James Madison University.

After receiving the largest gift in JMU’s history in fall 2018, the center was renamed as the Gilliam Center
for Entrepreneurship (GCFE) in honor of leader and philanthropist Leslie Flanary Gilliam (’82).

The GCFE supports academic and scholarly activities, programs and events related to entrepreneurship, innovation, and venture creation.


Our mission is to engage, inspire and train the entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow through outstanding education and hands-on, real world learning experiences. We are a catalyst and facilitator of
experiences that promote entrepreneurial outcomes to inspire venture creation and spread the
entrepreneurial mindset. We strengthen the entrepreneurial culture across campus and the community by engaging in expert mentorship, education and guidance. We embrace diverse perspectives and entrepreneurship in all forms to prepare students for the evolving global workforce.


The Gilliam Center for Entrepreneurship is the cornerstone for entrepreneurship at JMU, fostering and amplifying a creative, innovative spirit by inspiring stakeholders to affect positive change in the
world. JMU’s entrepreneurship program will be recognized as one of the top in the nation.


We operate with a culture of honesty, transparency and fairness.


We welcome everyone, treating all individuals equally with mutual respect, dignity and sensitivity.


We continually strive to enhance and improve everything we do.


We provide equal access to opportunities and resources for all stakeholders without judgment or


We hold ourselves accountable for results and strive for major positive influence and effect.

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