Connolly Entrepreneurship Society


The Connolly Entrepreneurship Society (CES) at Washington & Lee University is a dynamic, student-led organization dedicated to fostering the spirit of innovation and enterprise. As a hub for budding entrepreneurs, the society is actively involved in creating and nurturing startups and providing members with practical, hands-on experience in the world of business creation. The society also delves deep into the intricacies of crowdfunding and venture capital, equipping students with the knowledge and skills to navigate the financial landscape of entrepreneurship.

Additionally, the society showcases its talent and competes for prestige by participating in national pitch competitions against other university groups. This engagement not only hones the entrepreneurial skills of its members but also places them in a national arena, offering valuable exposure and networking opportunities. CES is not just a group but a launchpad for tomorrow's business leaders, embodying the innovative spirit and academic excellence of Washington & Lee University.


CES is a credit-bearing, experiential learning society. We meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:15 - 1:15pm. We bring in weekly speakers - including faculty, alumni, and local businesspeople - to learn from and engage with people with practical business experience.

Entrepreneurship Summit

CES plays a critical role in the planning and execution of the Entrepreneurship Summit, an annual event that draws over 120 alumni and 300 students. During the Summit, members compete in pitch competitions, attend alumni pitches and seminars, and have many opportunities to network with attendees.