Charles H. Diller Jr.
Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation

The Charles H. Diller Jr. Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation works toward: Improving the awareness of entrepreneurship as a career choice and as a crucially important economic activity among the campus community. Raising the profile of Shippensburg University as an attractive place to study, work, and visit. Facilitating the members of the campus community to enter the entrepreneurial career. Provide members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem access to co-operate with and participate in the entrepreneurial projects of the campus community.

The center also provides additional funding for:

  • student competitions
  • speakers
  • entrepreneurship mentors
  • student organizations
  • seminars conferences and other opportunities

Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education Business Plan Competition is an opportunity for students attending one of the State System's 14 state-owned universities to compete for prize money of up to $10,000 for their innovative ideas. Winners receive prize money to assist in making their dreams of becoming an entrepreneur come true.

All competitors are encouraged to use their imagination to create their best business ideas. Each university has faculty and staff who are dedicated to providing personal attention to students' ideas to prepare them for launch in today's marketplace. A team of judges reviews the business plans, and the finalists, as well as all of the competitors, are recognized at an awards ceremony.

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Ship Tank is a pitch contest to encourage entrepreneurial thinking within the Shippensburg University student body.
For more information click - 2022 Diller Center Ship Tank

Thank you to all of the 2020 ShipTank Participants!

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2020 Ship Tank Winners

First Place - Sarah Berg "Pack Tank"
Second Place - Jiciana Knight "Ship Soul Inc., Food Truck"
Third Place - Chris Lehman "Environmentally Friendly Cement Substitutes"
Fourth Place - Michael Hildebrand "Raser"
Fifth Place - Kendal Clewell "Helping Handbags"

Global Entrepreneurship Week USA is November 8 - 14, 2021

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.  GEW is celebrated in 160 countries as the flagship campaign of the  Global Entrepreneurship Network

November 9th - Speaker Series

3 Day Startup is a 72-hour learning-by-doing  workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills in an inspiring, hands-on environment.


Bootcamp (1-2 weeks before program date): Participants meet, get introduced to key entrepreneurship principles, and learn best practices for maximizing the 3 Day Startup program experience.

Day 1: Participants arrive – with or without startup ideas – and a facilitator leads the group through dedicated brainstorming, preliminary pitches/feedback, and team selection modules. Some teams work late into the night and others prefer to rest up in preparation for day 2.

Day 2: Customer discovery (teams exit the building or hit the phones and talk to potential customers), structured mentorship, intermediate pitches and feedback sessions. Day 2 places heavy emphasis on business model generation.

Day 3: Continued execution (including pitch workshops) leading into final pitches/demos to an esteemed panel of mentors and investors.  

For more information check out :

3 Day Startup - How Students Get Started

3 Day Startup is the world's leading experiential entrepreneurship education program. We help students of all kinds start companies.

Innovation Hour Series:

  • Four events are held each academic year to facilitate and encourage Innovation within the Shippensburg Community.
  • Innovation Hour Mixers take place once in the Fall and once in the Spring. Students, Faculty, Alumni, Community and Business leaders are invited to network, connect and discuss the problems and solutions of today and tomorrow. Look for our emails, posters and announcements!
  • Innovation Hour Luncheons take place once in the Fall and once in the Spring. Each semester a partner organization, department or project on campus is selected to work side by side with the Diller Center. As part of this selection and sharing of resources, a Luncheon is held whereby faculty and students from all over campus are invited to serve as a diverse think-tank. This think-tank provides direct and indirect feedback, ideas, and opportunity to the partner organization.

Contact to submit a partnership proposal or be included in the selection process.

Speaker Series

  • offers a unique opportunity for students, staff and faculty to meet and learn from local, successful entrepreneurs and business professionals.  
  • helps to broaden students' horizons and educate them on issues that impact their lives through speakers, panels, forums and debates that cover all aspects of running a successful startup through idea generation, business planning, marketing, supply chain, accounting and finance, as well as other important areas of running and maintaining a successful business.