School of Business

Entrepreneurship Program

Build your skills, build your brand

The new Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship at SUNY New Paltz is a one-of-a-kind program in our region: Dedicated to growth, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking, on a strong foundation of management skills. Our goal is to help all our students achieve success as you define it, whether that means developing your venture idea, signing on with an established firm, expanding your side hustle, or building something brand new.


Alumni Profile



Tara Kleinhans - HV Drone Girl

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Tara Kleinhans '16

Tara graduated with a B.S. in Digital Media Management in 2016 and is in her final semester of the MBA Program '21.

The capstone course in the DMM Program is writing a business plan and she wrote hers on starting a drone photography business. That same year she bought her drone and in 2018 she became a fully licensed (FAA Part 107) and opened her business, Render Media.



At the center of the Hudson Valley start-up ecosystem

As the home to initiatives like the Hudson Valley Venture Hub and Hudson Valley Mentors, our School of Business is a gathering place for entrepreneurs from all sectors of the fast-growing regional start-up economy. Our campus regularly hosts founders, investors and leaders, empowering students to build relationships and access resources that contribute to success long after you graduate. 


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Hudson Valley Venture Hub

The HV Venture Hub is a strategic community engagement initiative of the SUNY New Paltz School of Business. Our mission is to be a highly valued resource hub for the HV -- connecting the currently fragmented entrepreneurial ecosystem, and acting as a catalyst for creative collisions, communication, and collaboration.


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HV Mentors is a mentorship program for growth-oriented entrepreneurs in New York’s Hudson Valley. In collaboration with SUNY New Paltz School of Business, we match our network of pro-bono mentors to local entrepreneurs in order to help address business challenges and milestones.

Established program, expert faculty

This is a new major, but there has been entrepreneurship education at New Paltz for decades. Our program is led by faculty who are not just respected academics, but business consultants and founders themselves.


Alumni Profile



Jason Synan '07 Hudson Valley Brewery Co-owner

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Jason Synan '07

Jason uses their beers to tell a story, crafting some of the most unique and adventurous beer in the state. From the spent grain to the delicate fermentations, it’s no surprise two of its creators are alumni of the English department at SUNY New Paltz.

Like a story, crafting a craft brew is not a singular, linear process. It’s about connecting the unexpected in creative ways.



A diverse and conscious incubation environment

Our program has tracks dedicated to social entrepreneurship and sustainability designed for students who want to generate a positive return to society. Our courses attract students from across our academically diverse campus, so you’ll work alongside not only business majors but also artists, engineers, teachers and many other kinds of scholars.



student Profile



Amber Elson is a freelance stylist and an undergraduate student at SUNY New Paltz.

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Amber Elson

Amber is revolutionizing the curly hair scene as a freelance stylist and an undergraduate student at SUNY New Paltz.

My experience inspired me to never allow women to feel the same way I did,” said the young entrepreneur, Amber Elson, who’s 20 and a sophomore at SUNY New Paltz. Elson took matters into her own hands after a botched curly haircut left her feeling insecure and hopeless in April 2018.



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