Innovation & Entrepreneurship

School of Business
John Fuehrer, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Coordinator

(440) 826-3056, jfuehrer@bw.edu

Department of Political Science

Thomas Sutton, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Coordinator
(440) 826-2460, tsutton@bw.edu

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OVERVIEW

Today's ever-changing business environment needs idea-generators. People who are strategic thinkers with a creative mindset and passion for problem solving.

BW’s major in innovation & entrepreneurship can help you develop the skills to succeed.

It is designed as a second major to complement a primary program of study-humanities, business, music and social, physical and health sciences. You’ll learn how to infuse innovation and entrepreneurship into a career field that excites you.

The end result is that you'll graduate with a double major and an impressive skill set.

Coursework is comprehensive. It includes economics, accounting, marketing, management, communications and business plan development. Experiential learning supplements your studies with real-world opportunities that include internships, field studies and more.

BW's 20-minute proximity to Cleveland puts you within easy access to corporations, small- and mid-sized businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Faculty are scholars and practitioners. You'll learn from professors who care about your success and share insights that are diverse and career relevant.

Business Grads Get Jobs
Over 90 percent of BW business graduates are employed in their field within six months of graduation. Many have multiple offers from prospective employers prior to graduation.

Business Honors Track
With a focus on sustainability, ethical business practices and leadership development, the Business Honors Track enables students to complete courses in their business major or minor while building honors credits. During senior year, students work on a year-long consulting project with a business partner. Students can apply for the Business Honors Track during their sophomore and junior years.

Multi-million Dollar Gift Benefits Business
Baldwin Wallace University's School of Business will benefit from a $15 million gift from alumnus Stephen Boesel '68. The gift is slated for student scholarships, faculty support, learning opportunities and a renowned business speaker series.

Career Opportunities

Whether it's for an existing organization or a new business venture, there is high demand for creative, innovative and entrepreneurial thinkers. Career areas include:

  • Business leadership
  • Entrepreneurial marketing
  • New product/business development
  • Strategic and business planner
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business and cultural change agents

Curriculum

The innovation & entrepreneurship major is only offered as an additional major to a primary major. It builds upon insights and skills developed in the primary major.

You’ll learn to translate knowledge culled from your primary major into practical innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities.

A capstone course synthesizes your studies and hones critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills.

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.

Student Experiences

BW provides a supportive, professional environment. The average class size is 19 students, which allows for individual attention and faculty mentoring.

Field studies, personal interviews with successful entrepreneurs and consultant opportunities enrich the program. Combined with our capstone project seminar, these experiences give you a powerful career portfolio you can use to impress potential employers, venture capitalists or graduate school personnel. 

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:

Student Clubs & Organizations

Accounting Association
Networking and learning opportunities are a key part of this organization. Students interact with professionals through informative programs and guest speakers. Over 20 firms attend "Meet the Accountants Night," where many students make first connections for internships and jobs.

Blackstone LaunchPad
Open to students of every major, Blackstone LaunchPad is an innovative program that presents entrepreneurship as a viable career path and offers students concrete tools and guidance to transform ideas into thriving businesses. The LaunchPad offers students access to an extensive network of mentors, experts and services.

Business Clinic
Students receive training in business planning, client service and research through the Business Clinic. Students are teamed with successful entrepreneurs-in-residence to coach clients through the development of their business strategy. Clients include small business owners, new business entrepreneurs and not-for-profit boards and/or executive directors.

Business Honor Society
Students are connected with alumni and business leaders through the Business Honor Society. The society encourages and supports a deep network of personal and professional contact through ongoing communication and special invitations to campus events.

Center for Innovation and Growth (CIG)
Infusing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship throughout campus and Northeast Ohio is the crux of this signature center. CIG offers outstanding professional networking and hands-on learning opportunities to students of every major. The CIG Student Fellows program places students alongside business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs. Through CIG Growth Consulting Projects, students assist CIG partners and other companies, nonprofits and government agencies in achieving growth through innovation.

Digital Marketing Clinic
A hybrid between a class and an internship, BW's Digital Marketing Clinic is a student-run, experience-driven agency offering digital marketing expertise to local businesses. In addition to gaining portfolio-building, real-world experience and networking opportunities, students can earn certifications from digital marketing applications like Hubspot and Hootsuite.

Enactus
A global, nonprofit organization, Enactus 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.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Open to students of all majors, SHRM provides career-minded students with information on networking, interviewing skills, professionalism and more. Members participate in Ohio Human Resources Games, an outstanding opportunity to network with professionals across the state.

ALUMNI SUCCESS

At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world.

Among recent accolades, 92 percent of graduates from the Class of 2014 reported being in rewarding jobs or in graduate school studies within six months after graduation.

FACULTY AND STAFF

John Fuehrer

Tom Sutton

Ven Ochaya

Phil Bessler