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

26 – 28 October

Start Up Weekend

Join a team and launch a business in under 54 hours!

29 October

Guest Speaker: Scott Schwable

9 November

Maker Space Tour

12 November

Elevator Pitch Competition

3:00 – 4:00 P.M. – Saint Mary’s Hall RM 115

Students, bring your entrepreneurial ideas out to the semi-annual Elevator Pitch Competition! Cash prizes are up for grabs, and all majors are welcome to participate. If you are interested, register by emailing Kabara with your pitch title by Wednesday, November 7th.

12 – 18 November 

Global Entrepreneurship Week 

19 November 

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

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

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