Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The entrepreneurship and innovation minor provides students of all majors with additional skills and qualities to differentiate themselves in the competitive workforce.
Anyone from journalists, to lawyers, to teachers, and artists can use an entrepreneurial mindset to creatively solve challenges and adapt to change, just as marketing directors, CEOs, and sales teams use it within their organizations to innovate, find out-of-the-box solutions to complex problems, and achieve success.
The minor offers many opportunities for experiential activities including students working directly with small business clients. The students form project teams conducting extensive market research and then present summaries and recommendations to their clients.
Beginning fall 2016, business students can take courses in this growing field.
Seven students were declared top winners in the all-campus elevator pitch competition on September 21. The top four will head to the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) National Convention in October.
The Chicago Tribune’s Lake Forester newspaper covered the final round of the Pitch It competition at the Gorton Community Center on April 19.
Three student businesses earned top prizes and more than $10,000 in seed money during the final round of the College’s Shark Tank-style Pitch It contest held on April 19.