Fairfield Fuel

Fairfield University
Entrepreneurship Lab

Supporting the innovative spirit of entrepreneurs is central to the core mission of Fairfield University. FUEL (Fairfield University Entrepreneurship Lab) aims to offer innovators the tools they need, from guidance to funding, to turn ideas for promising new products, companies and technologies into realities.

We accomplish this through an innovative approach that combines student led startups with a public center for entrepreneurship and university outreach.

Our Services

Mentoring & Advising

FUEL offers real-time access to experts in the product or service niche that you have chosen for your business. These include University faculty, business leaders and successful entrepreneurs facilitated by Fairfield's mentoring program.

Networking Opportunities

FUEL establishes an active collaborative community of spirited innovators, allowing you to build long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships through open house days, workshops and sponsored events. In addition, FUEL provides access to shared knowledge of government grants and exposure to a network of angel investors and venture capitalists.

Operational Support

FUEL provides a home-base for business development with secure office and meeting spaces.

Our Team

A few of the people who make FUEL happen

Don Gibson

Donald Gibson
Professor of Management
Dean, Charles F. Dolan School of Business

Mark Barnhart

Mark Barnhart
Director of Community and Economic Development
Town of Fairfield

Ken Kleban

Ken Kleban
Kleban Properties

Chris Huntley

Chris Huntley
Associate Professor of IS & OM
Charles F. Dolan School of Business

Carl Scheraga

Carl Scheraga
Professor of Business Strategy and Technology Management
Chair, Department of Management, Charles F. Dolan School of Business

Chris Hamer

Chris Hamer
Entrepreneur in Residence


Funded through the generosity of alumni and with additional sponsorship from local businesses, Fairfield StartUp is an annual program linking student teams with mentors who guide the development of business plans and investment pitches for presentation at the Showcase event each spring.

Now in its sixth year, Fairfield StartUp has grown into a premier program and Showcase event that engages more than 100 students, 20+ mentors and advisors and more than 30 sponsors each year.

Culminating with a live “shark-tank” like event, student teams are placed in front of real investors where they can pitch their idea and negotiate for seed money to start their business.