Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies





The Kabara Institute brings together students, faculty, community members and entrepreneurs to innovate, develop and grow the entrepreneurial spirit.


Programming that brings entrepreneurs on campus



Getting students ready to be change makers


Building things together

Investing in tomorrow’s business leaders

The late Dr. Jon Kabara ’48 and his wife, Betty, challenged others to partner with them to help aspiring young entrepreneurs at Saint Mary’s University. This tradition continues today.

Dr. Kabara, an entrepreneur in the field of medical research, knew he wanted to share his passion, spirit and know-how with the businessmen and women of tomorrow. In 2005, the Kabaras began their commitment support the growth of entrepreneurship at Saint Mary’s University. Through a transformational gift, Dr. Jon and Betty Kabara established the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.

The Kabara Institute aims to incite a passion for entrepreneurial spirit in students across the university, regardless of their major field of study, to enhance the entrepreneurship program offerings at Saint Mary’s University by providing opportunities for students to interact with entrepreneurs and experience entrepreneurship first-hand, and to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the importance of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in our society.

The Kabaras invite alumni, friends, and parents of the university to join them in building the spirit of entrepreneurship on campus through volunteering their time, talents and treasures.

Upcoming Events

9 October

MISP Winners Notified

Those selected for the Mayo Innovation Scholar Program will be notified.

10 October

1 Million Cups Winona

7:30 – 8:30 A.M. – Outpost Winona

A monthly event that brings together the local community of entrepreneurs for free coffee and a conversation. Find out more information on the official 1 Million Cups website.

If you are interested in supporting or participating in the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies:

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