Initially called the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, the Holmes Center was built upon the legacy of legendary entrepreneur Curt Carlson and a subsequent leadership gift by Bob Buuck. In February of 2007, Gary Holmes donated $6 million for the growth of the school’s entrepreneurship teaching, research, and outreach programs, and the Center was renamed the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship.
The Holmes Center leads the development and implementation of innovative entrepreneurship curriculum at the Carlson School of Management, including entrepreneurship and experiential courses for both undergraduate and graduate students.
The Holmes Center also drives outreach activities like the Minnesota Cup, a statewide business plan competition, and student programs like 3M Seminars on Technology Commercialization, designed for graduate and doctoral students in technology and science colleges at the University of Minnesota. The Center also engages the entrepreneurial business community through mentorships, internships, and business hatchery programs, in which business practitioners advise students on planning and operating their own business ventures.