Summer Institute


  • Leadership and teamwork skills

  • Business planning and marketing

  • Entrepreneurship and creativity

  • Community development approaches in Appalachia


  • Multidisciplinary faculty

  • Business and community entrepreneurs

  • Classmates and team members


  • Team project goals

  • Two academic credits and a stipend

  • Personal growth and satisfaction

Leadership through Economic Development

At the heart of the EPG program is the Summer Institute, an eight-week study of entrepreneurial leadership through community economic development. Case studies, readings, guest lectures and team projects in partner communities, EPG candidates explore the creation of new ventures in Appalachia.