Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program | Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy

Innovation | Entrepreneurship

Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE) program fosters professional development through creative thinking and cultivation of an entrepreneurial spirit.

Aligned with the School of Pharmacy’s mission to Care for the Community, students learn to apply sound business principles to address the health care needs of a diverse and dynamic population, resulting in improved health. The IE program challenges students to develop innovative solutions to various challenges facing the pharmacy profession today. In addition, the IE program offers a nationally-known certificate through the Kauffman FastTrac, a part of the Kauffman Foundation, whose mission is to foster economic independence through education and entrepreneurship. The FastTrac®Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture™ offers an interactive learning approach and is well-suited for students interested in learning the basics of entrepreneurship.

Programs are periodically held throughout the year to provide opportunities for students to network with and learn from successful entrepreneurs in a variety of fields.


  • Complete PHRM 9020 (Entrepreneurial Development) elective.
  • Complete the Kauffman Foundation’s “Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture” FastTrac® certificate.
  • Attend one additional IE event, or other approved offering.
  • Participate in a business plan competition or bootcamp as determined by the IE program director.
  • Attend one additional IE event, or other approved offering.
  • Complete an entrepreneurial-focused advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) elective rotation (Coordinated by PCSP’s Office of Experiential Education).
  • Stemming from elective and APPE experiences, develop and present a detailed and comprehensive business plan for a new service or improvement to a current service or business operation.

Innovation Entrepreneurship Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy

Past Events

“Opportunities and Challenges of 340B Independent Pharmacy Ownership”
Odiri Igbeyi, Director Connected Health Pharmacy
Simpsonville SC
Friday, January 21, 202

“Taking the leap:”
Former PC Pharmacy School graduate creates addiction clinic in the Upstate
Don Viets, PharmD
Retail Pharmacist
Friday, March 19, 2021

“How Can Pharmacists Become Influencers?”
Jimmy Pruitt III, PharmD, BCPS
Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at MUSC
Host of “PHARM SO HARD” Podcast
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

“Using Team Conflicts for Better Decision-making and Outcomes”
Nancy Borkowski, DBA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA
Professor of Health Services Administration at UAB
Friday, November 15, 2019

“The Journey Beyond Dispensing in a Community Pharmacy”
Amina Abubakar, Pharm.D., AAHIVP
Monday, February 4th, 2019

“Why Advocacy Matters: Independent Pharmacies vs. Big Pharma”
Hollis (Chip) Felkel, CEO of Felkel Group
October 12, 2018

“Non-traditional Pharmacy Career Path”
Christi Epps, Pharm.D., CEO of Long’s Drug Store
November 15, 2017

“Tips to successfully operate a pharmacy store: The Dos and Don’ts of Pharmacy Ownership”
Roberta Vining, Pharm.D. and Roberta Vining, Pharm.D., owners of Riley’s Drugs
October 12, 2017

“Making failure a part of every successful business plan”
Dr. Serge Afeli, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Assistant Professor of Pharmacology
February 10, 2017

Contact Us

Serge A. Afeli, Ph.D., MSHA
Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Email Dr.Afeli