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Arrupe Seniors Create and Pitch Businesses For College Credit

Arrupe Jesuit High School and Regis University Announce Partnership to Offer Entrepreneurial Innovation Class for College Credit And Will Host Pitch Event At the University on March 31st.

Denver, CO – Arrupe Jesuit High School along with their colleagues at Regis University’s Innovation Center, and supported through the Anderson College of Business and Computing, have announced a new partnership that will provide seniors at Arrupe Jesuit High School with the opportunity to earn college credit through a first-of-its-kind Entrepreneurial Innovation class that is modeled after an existing and successful course at the university. At the end of the semester, one team will be chosen to pitch at the Innovation Challenge that is held at Regis University every year.

The class, which is designed to provide entrepreneurial skills to first-generation high school and college graduates, will give students the chance to create a business from scratch and present their final pitch on March 31st to a room full of business leaders and the Arrupe and Regis community. One team will be selected to compete in the annual Innovation Challenge held at Regis University, providing students with the opportunity to showcase their skills and gain exposure to potential investors and business leaders.

“We are thrilled to partner with Regis University to offer this unique opportunity to our students,” said Arrupe Jesuit High School Principal, Fr. John Nugent. “Entrepreneurship is an essential skill for success in today’s economy, and we are excited to see our students gain valuable experience through this class and the opportunity to showcase their ideas and skills at the annual Innovation Challenge.”

The class will be taught by Regis University faculty members and supported by business and community leaders who will provide guidance and support throughout the semester-long course. Students will be graded based on their final pitch, which will be evaluated by a panel of business leaders.

“Small and medium sized businesses are the backbone of the American economy and of our society. They generate lots of revenue but more importantly, they hire the most people. They buy from and serve one another. They create home and belonging in our communities. So, if we can excite, encourage, and support these young people about the huge possibility of starting and growing a business, we can truly change the world.” Salvador Aceves, President Regis University.

The Entrepreneurial Innovation class is open to all students, regardless of their intended major, and will be offered at Arrupe Jesuit High School on a yearly basis. If you are interested in supporting this course through a donation, please click here.

For more information, please contact Arrupe Jesuit High School at or Regis University.


Arrupe Jesuit High School


Ken Sagendorf

Regis University


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