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McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise

  • Students pose together outside at the 2019 DIHSE conference

About the Institute

The McNair Institute is empowering a new generation of creative, productive leaders who will be positioned to enjoy the benefits of free markets, create jobs and drive economic growth. We focus on three areas:

  1. Educating and directly supporting entrepreneurs, through offerings such as innovative classes, an entrepreneurship minor (in progress), new tools for entrepreneurs and beyond the classroom learning activities.
  2. Building community, within UofSC and beyond as a leader-partner in local, state, national and global communities.
  3. Advancing entrepreneurism, by providing thought leadership about entrepreneurism and free market education and connecting students, alumni, stakeholders and our Institute into national and global markets.

I believe that many students at South Carolina probably can enjoy greater economic opportunity and financial success by being entrepreneurs rather than working for giant corporations. But you have to understand how the system works.

Bob McNair, 1937–2018, Class of ’58

The institute was endowed in 2017 through the generosity of The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation. We are one of five McNair Centers across the country supporting entrepreneurship and free enterprise education.

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We work with numerous partners to create meaningful programming to foster the next generation of entrepreneurs. See how you and your organization can advance entrepreneurship by working with our team.

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News and Events

The McNair Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise hosts events, competitions and courses and posts the latest news for entrepreneurs on campus. See the latest success stories.

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