The Center for Global Entrepreneurship (CGE) was established to meet the educational and career needs of emerging market entrepreneurs and the organizations that assist them. The CGE is an integral part of the Carlos Alvarez College of Business and the Department of Economics at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). It joins the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Economic Development in forming the architecture of an entrepreneurial ecosystem at UTSA.

Among the many barriers to successful entrepreneurship and innovation in emerging and transitional markets is the lack of entrepreneurship education. Many emerging market entrepreneurs fail to realize their full potential because they need to acquire, upgrade and/or integrate business skills into a managerial worldview that will lead them ultimately to form viable, ethically governed and globally competitive enterprises.

There is a critical need for an innovative entrepreneurship center that is the nucleus of education, policy development and applied research on emerging market entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are the basic initiators of economic growth and, thereby, contribute to a nation’s development of a “middle class.” Assisting these risk takers to create and better develop new enterprises can lead to significant reductions in poverty, as well as, to create more open societies in the world’s most challenging markets.


To improve the prospects for the development of growth-oriented and globally competitive entrepreneurs in emerging and transitional markets through practice-oriented entrepreneurship education and research.


To become the nucleus of education, policy development and applied research on emerging markets entrepreneurship.

Contact CGE
Lynda Y. de la Viña
Center for Global Entrepreneurship
Peter Flawn Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economics
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249
(210) 458-4315 (Department)
(210) 458-8127 (Office)
(210) 458-5837 (Fax)