Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Winners and judges from the Pitch It competition on April 19, 2016.Winners and judges from the Pitch It competition on April 19, 2016.

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. 

Department News

  • Beginning fall 2016, business students can take courses in this growing field.
  • Notes from Abroad is a new feature on the Off-Campus Programs website, in which we highlight small snippets of a student’s experience.  This week’s feature is from Kailey Gonzalez ’18, a Business major and a double minor in Entrepreneurship and Studio Art currently studying abroad in Florence, Italy.
  • 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.
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