Center for Innovation & Growth


CIG Undergraduate Activities and Programs

THE CENTER FOR INNOVATION & GROWTH prepares tomorrow's leaders to change their world. Students have the opportunity to learn - and practice - skills in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. 

CIG STUDENT FELLOWS AND STUDENT ATHLETE FELLOWS PROGRAMS are designed to provide BW students of all majors the opportunity to experience and explore what entrepreneurship and innovation guided by integrity can mean in their lives and careers. Students meet global and local leaders in innovation, work on projects to gain first-hand experience with innovators, and explore concepts of innovation and entrepreneurship. [Contact Tom Sutton]

 Meet Our 2015-16 Student and Student Athlete Fellows!  

CIG GROWTH PRACTICE is a professionally-led, student-supported consultancy at the Center for Innovation & Growth designed to give BW's more experienced student entrepreneurs the opportunity to help start, grow and reinvent businesses and nonprofits. It provides a practical forum for students to use their liberal arts skills such as critical thinking, creativity and communication to help solve organizations' most challenging issues, often with global implications. Growth Practice investors include Ernst & Young, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Cliffs Natural Resources, OEConnection, Inc., and Westfield Insurance. [Contact Katie Dixon]

BLACKSTONE LAUNCHPAD is a groundbreaking program that offers students the opportunity to create their own businesses or nonprofits, presenting entrepreneurship as a viable career option. Part of the Center for Innovation & Growth, the BLP office is centrally-located in Strosacker Hall. Blackstone LaunchPad provides coaching and mentoring to students who are passionate about developing products, services and business concepts. It specializes in just-in-time delivery of resources – what student entrepreneurs need, when they need it. [Contact Mike Nock

CIG NETWORK SPEAKER PROGRAMS, including CIGtalks and Innovation Summits, are open to all and introduce students and community to some of the region's most successful entrepreneurs and innovators.  [Contact Kim Chapple]

IMMERSION WEEK is sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium (of which BW is a founder). The intensive one-week summer entrepreneurship boot camp for undergraduates from all majors immerses students in the skills needed to help them develop new business concepts and apply these skills in a team-based business concept competition. [Contact Phil Bessler]

IDEALABS is an annual business idea competition where undergraduates from host EEC institutions pitch their best entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of experts. [Contact Phil Bessler]

BW SUSTAINABILITY CLINIC students work on faculty-led consulting teams to analyze the facilities and operations of NE Ohio clients, and then recommend more sustainable practices to improve operations, reduce costs, improve profits and foster growth. [Contact David Krueger]

BW BUSINESS CLINIC offers student consultants, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, training in all aspects of business plan development. [Contact Phil Bessler]

ENACTUS (formally known as SIFE) is a global, non-profit organization, which helps students develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills as they learn, practice and teach principles of free enterprise to improve the standard of living for millions around the globe. [Contact Phil Bessler]

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