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Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Entrepreneurs find problems worth solving and mobilize the people and resources to solve them.

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation program at Lake Forest College helps our students:

  • Use design thinking to create and test customer-focused solutions
  • Utilize data and analytics for decision-making
  • Sell themselves and their ideas
  • Create and launch a new venture
  • Practice the leadership and effective teamwork it takes to run a successful venture
  • Gain real-world experience inside and outside the classroom

At Lake Forest College, students cultivate the psychological resilience and entrepreneurial mindset necessary to create successful for-profit and non- profit ventures. Our students bounce back and bounce forward to:

  • Access a growth mindset
  • Reframe failure and manage adversity
  • Understand their strengths and how to use them to lead effective teams
  • Develop a network of personal and professional support
  • Design a clear pathway to a career they love

To help our students transform their ideas into opportunities, Lake Forest College has established a series of Innovation Spaces where students can ideate, create and explore 3-D printing, virtual reality, sound design and recording, digital design, photography, videography, and computer programming.

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program is designed to complement any area of study.


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At the crux of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program is a series of experiential learning opportunities. Students work directly with small business owners and entrepreneurs on a variety of projects and practicums. They also compete in local and national elevator pitch competitions. 

An advisory council comprised of industry leaders helps set the curriculum and informs students of real-world business problems. The council members often become mentors and advisors to students. 

Professionals from journalists, to lawyers, to teachers and artists can benefit from an entrepreneurial mindset. That’s why Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program is the most popular minor at the College today.

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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2563-paris-burton"><img src="/live/image/gid/155/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1620,1080/38778_parisburton.rev.1503928860.jpg" alt="Paris Burton" title="Paris Burton" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/155/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1620,1080/38778_parisburton.rev.1503928860.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/155/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1620,1080/38778_parisburton.rev.1503928860.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1620" data-max-h="1080"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “I want to learn how a business is run, from the marketing to the planning to the costs. The entrepreneurship and innovation minor lets me learn it all.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2563-paris-burton">Paris is double-majoring in theater and arts administration and minoring in entrepreneurship and innovation.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2469-cj-black"><img src="/live/image/gid/155/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,534,534/38090_cj-black-2_2.rev.1499701541.jpg" alt="CJ Black" title="CJ Black" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/155/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,534,534/38090_cj-black-2_2.rev.1499701541.jpg 2x" data-max-w="534" data-max-h="709"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “I knew that going into business for myself would be better for me long-term.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2469-cj-black">CJ won first-place at the 2016 Pitch It! competition and is co-founder of Trade Defender.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2526-evelyn-johnson"><img src="/live/image/gid/155/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,419,512/38333_fullsizerender-2.rev.1501867250.jpg" alt="Evelyn Johnson" title="Evelyn Johnson" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="419" data-max-h="512"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “Entrepreneurship has helped me develop strategic leadership skills, empathy, and the ability to think out of the box.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2526-evelyn-johnson">Evelyn is co-founder and CFO of Boulle, a 2017 Pitch-It! competition award-winning company that makes boutonnieres. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2468-anthony-conn"><img src="/live/image/gid/155/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,233,233/38076_anthony_conn_17.rev.1499437308.jpg" alt="Anthony Conn" title="Anthony Conn" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="233" data-max-h="233"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> Anthony’s business plan is “to provide the best possible service to the client to sustain customer satisfaction.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2468-anthony-conn">Anthony’s courses in Entrepreneurship and Innovation are helping him run a business he co-owns with his dad. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2525-megan-lambert"><img src="/live/image/gid/155/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,400,400/38332_megan_lambert_14.rev.1501863031.jpg" alt="Megan Lambert" title="Megan Lambert" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="400" data-max-h="400"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “From small tech startups to big corporations, people want to hire entry level colleagues that know how to innovate, challenge the norm, and take on challenges.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2525-megan-lambert">Megan is using skills she learned in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation program in her job at Aon Corporation.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2470-tyler-armentrout"><img src="/live/image/gid/155/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/38339_fullsizerender-3.rev.1501873136.jpg" alt="Tyler Armentrout" title="Tyler Armentrout" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/155/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/38339_fullsizerender-3.rev.1501873136.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/155/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/38339_fullsizerender-3.rev.1501873136.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “I think college is all about trying out different things, challenging yourself, and learning from the people around you.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2470-tyler-armentrout">Tyler ran a successful business at the College and is currently building a second one. </a>