Programs and Opportunities

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation department offers a variety of programs and opportunities for students to take leadership positions beyond the classroom. Here, students interested in becoming successful entrepreneurs can learn, study, practice and lead.

In our program, students enjoy small classes + big ideas + inspiring dialogue with likeminded founder types from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.

From Lake Forest College competitions to national pitch competitions to social innovation club, check out how our students participate in the most popular minor on campus:

Student Led Organizations

The Entrepreneurship Society

The Entrepreneurship Society

The ENTP Society is a family of innovators and visionaries who come together to share ideas, collaborate and grow together.

TEDx Lake Forest College

TEDx Lake Forest College
TEDx Lake Forest College is a student-led TED-affiliate event dedicated to spark deep discussion and connection. TEDx Lake Forest College - Ideas Worth Spreading for our students, by our students.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programs

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A.B. Dick Lecture
The annual A.B. Dick Lecture on Entrepreneurship at Lake Forest College is a series of talks from industry leaders and innovators. Talks explore everything from ideation to corporate innovation. Dedicated to A.B. Dick, a local Chicago entrepreneur famed for inventing the mimeograph.

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Latinx Entrepreneurial Advancement Program (LEAP)
LEAP’s goal is to help our Latinx and firstgeneration students engage in entrepreneurial thinking and action through self-discovery, peerto-peer engagement, failure resilience, rigorous coursework, and pitch competitions and storytelling. Interactions with local founders allows Lake Forest College students to learn from and lift up the greater Lake County area.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week
Global Entrepreneurship Week inspires our local and global entrepreneurial community to engage in events and activities while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors, and even investors!

Lake Forest College Competitions

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Venture Design Challenge
Our annual Venture Design Challenge provides a forum for Lake Forest College students to collaborate, develop, and pitch business and social venture idea.  Finalists pitch to local business leaders while competing for $10,000 in cash prizes. The competition is open to all students.

Davis Projects for Peace
Projects for Peace is a resource for students to design grassroots projects that build peace. With $10,000 in funding, students can pursue their passion for social innovation and create real change.


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Square Foot
SquareFoot is launching a $5,000 scholarship contest available to rising seniors passionate about real estate, business, and technology.

James Rocco Scholarship
The James Rocco Quantitative Data Research Scholarship provides up to $5,000 to support innovative, student-designed quantitative research projects to be carried out during the summer or the academic year.

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The Fulfilltopia Future Entrepreneur’s Scholarship
his $1,000 scholarship program has been created with the purpose of helping students succeed move forward with their education and future entrepreneurial endeavors.

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Legal Zoom Scholarship Grant
Emerging Entrepreneur Scholarship Grant. Got an innovative business idea? We’ve got $5000 to get you started. We believe in the power of entrepreneurship. If you have a business startup idea you think the world needs to hear about, we’ll help to get the word out.

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