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

The Charles H. Diller Jr. Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation stands ready to mentor, support, and encourage any student, staff or faculty member who wishes to strike out on their own with an idea. We are laying the groundwork to launch successful businesses, ventures, and contributions to society.

The center also provides additional funding for:

  • student competitions
  • speaker events
  • entrepreneurship mentorships
  • student organizations
  • study abroad programs
  • prospective student outreach
  • seminars, conferences, and other opportunities 
Mission Statement

The mission of the Charles H. Diller Jr. Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (the Diller Center) and Innovation including the Milton K. Morgan III Makerspace is to develop both the skill set and the entrepreneurial mind set of students at Shippensburg University to recognize and capitalize on business opportunities. The Milton K. Morgan III Makerspace offers a hands- on, innovative learning space for Shippensburg University students for prototype creation and testing.

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 - 2023 Diller Center Ship Tank

Ship Tank 2023 flyer

Global Entrepreneurship Week USA is November 13-19, 2023

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

Have an idea?  Schedule your free consultation with the Diller Center team -

Diller Center Innovation Academy
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What's this about?
A FREE 2-day program where you and other aspiring entrepreneurs form teams, meet mentors, develop innovative ideas, and unlock your entrepreneurial potential!

What does it cost?
FREE! You get here and we’ll provide the rest. Lunch is provided each day.

Who is the Innovation Academy for?
High School students in grades 10 - 12

I want to participate, but I can’t commit to two days. Am I still welcome?
Priority will be given to those who can complete the full program. Those interested in just one of the two days are encouraged to email directly. You will be added to a waitlist and notified if space allows.

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.

Schedule of Events