C.J. Meenan is an entrepreneur and educator with over 30 years’ experience teaching entrepreneurship and starting small businesses. He holds an MBA from Babson College and is a leader in entrepreneurial education specializing in curriculum design for individuals as well as groups. He has designed entrepreneurship programs at all levels from elementary to adult learners. C.J. is certified in Driving Economic Growth Through Entrepreneurship Ecosystems through Babson Executive Education and is also a certified internal corporate coach.
In 1987 he co-founded The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship. As the co-founder of
NFTE, C.J. helped develop curriculum and launch an entrepreneurship training program that's been
implemented at high schools and universities around the world. During his career at NFTE he personally trained 5,000+ teens and 1,500+ adults in the principles of entrepreneurship. In recognition of his work in this field he received the Price Babson Fellowship for Entrepreneurship Educators.
C.J. has taught and lectured on entrepreneurship at Wharton, Columbia, Stanford, Babson and
Georgetown, and a highlight of his career was bringing entrepreneurship education programs to India and Great Britain. His work has been featured in publications such as Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Success Magazine, and Black Enterprise.
Since retiring from NFTE, CJ has continued to focus on supporting entrepreneurs through education & training, such as teaching the Veterans Launching Ventures program at Fairleigh Dickinson University, designed to help veterans launch small businesses. In October of 2014, C.J. co-authored The Beginner's Guide to Entrepreneurship and co-founded Open for Business Ventures, a multi-platform company that provides entrepreneurship education to teens and adults through a combination of online courses and real-time workshops with specially developed curriculum for print, video instruction and online entrepreneurial networks.