Innovation and Entrepreneurship Major
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship major encourages the development of an entrepreneurial mindset which recognizes the significance of the innovation process. Market opportunities and the risks of new ventures and initiatives are explored and students learn to transform opportunities into financial, cultural or social value for others. Students learn how to apply the tools of management, marketing, finance and accounting to their own start-up business, or use them to improve an existing one. The degree is comprised of a wide variety of courses that prepare students to apply practical business skills to bring business ideas to life and sustain those through implementation, growth and into maturity.
Disclaimer: Degree requirements and the availability of business majors varies by nationwide location.
Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship
With advantages like access to professional mentors, internship opportunities with working business professionals and networking with potential investors, the Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship is an influential resource for business students. Thanks to continued support from alumnus and former Big Lots, Inc. CEO Steve Fishman, entrepreneur students have the freedom to explore and refine their entrepreneurial talents within a safe, educational environment.
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Student Business Pitch Competition
With a $10,000 prize at stake, the Student Business Pitch Competition recognizes outstanding business students with promising entrepreneurial spirit. During the event, students pitch their innovative business ideas before a panel of judges. Both undergraduate and graduate students may participate. Ideas may be submitted individually or as a team. Our previous competition winners were:
2015 Entrepreneur of the Year: Adam Smith
2014 Entrepreneur of the Year: Meg Goddard
2013 Entrepreneur of the Year: Angela Houston
2012 Entrepreneurs of the Year: Brynne and Bailye Stansberry