Free Enterprise Institute

Activating innovators to change the world.

The Free Enterprise Institute at the "Knauss School of Business at the University of San Diego" makes the entrepreneurship game accessible by providing practical education, resources and proving grounds for innovators to change the world. We serve and connect students, startups, and investors. 

If you are interested in a corporate sponsorship or making a philanthropic donation, contact Mysty Rusk, executive director of the Free Enterprise Institute. 

Our Initiatives

Whether you are an aspiring student entrepreneur, a newly launched venture, or an up-and-running San Diego business, the Free Enterprise Institute's programs connect you with opportunities to develop your business idea, hone your skills, raise seed money and scale your venture. 

Catalyzer, Building Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurship and Innovation Catalyzer The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Catalyzer breeds innovation right here on campus, helping students turn bold ideas into booming startups and value-based enterprises. We give you the tools and resources to embrace your most creative ideas and build startups — we’ll even challenge you to address global problems and improve lives with your venture ideas. Learn more.
America's SBDC California The Brink SBDC The Brink Small Business Development Center at USD is a specialty center focused on innovation support for local businesses, one of only a handful of its kind in the country. The Brink SBDC is ranked the #1 startup accelerator in San DiegoLearn more.
San Diego Angel Conference San Diego Angel Conference The San Diego Angel Conference connects angel investors to entrepreneurs over a seven-month period that culminates in a finale pitch event. The overarching goal is to activate new angel investors in a learn-by-doing environment that results in one or more scalable startup investments. Learn more.