Innovation & Entrepreneurship

School of Business

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School of Business

John Fuehrer, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Coordinator
(440) 826-3056,

Department of Political Science

Thomas Sutton, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Coordinator
(440) 826-2460,


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
86 percent of BW business majors are employed in their field of choice or attending graduate school within 12 months of 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.


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


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

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


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, fellowships, study abroad and a variety of co-curricular and other learning opportunities.


Infusing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship throughout campus and Northeast Ohio is the crux of this signature Center. The Center for Innovation & Growth (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.


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. Students work with small businesses to develop effective, research-based inbound marketing strategy including website design, social media strategy, targeted digital content, automated email marketing plan and a marketing playbook. In addition to gaining portfolio-building, real-world experience and networking opportunities, students can earn certifications from digital marketing applications like Hubspot and Hootsuite. City of Berea grant funding is available.


The Institute for Sustainable Business Practice (ISBP) explores, promotes and seeks to drive principles of sustainability within business and organizational practice. ISBP's programs and services serve business organizations and professionals in the Northeast Ohio region, as well as BW students and faculty. ISBP works in partnership with BW's academic programs to foster understanding of sustainability concepts.


Open to students of every major, LaunchNET 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. LaunchNET offers students access to an extensive network of mentors, experts and services.


Every year over 50 business majors study abroad for a semester at a foreign university in countries such as England, Australia and China. Seminars in Brazil and South Africa offer opportunities to examine logistical, manufacturing, service, retail and government issues abroad.


Students work alongside faculty in the BW Sustainability Clinic to assist public and private sector organizations in Northeast Ohio to improve operations, reduce costs, improve profits and/or foster growth. 


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.

Business Book Club

Initiated by alumni Eugene and Jean Grippen '53, the Business Book Club encourages students to be wise consumers and investors for financial independence. The Book Club reviews the classic book by George Clason, The Richest Man in Babylon, and one other title related to personal finance each year. When the Book Club gathers, it is usually to share a meal as well as discuss how the concepts are relevant to their lives. The students also compete for cash prizes.

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.


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.


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.


Full-Time Faculty

John Fuehrer
MBA, Baldwin Wallace University

Kristofer Neslund
DBA, Kent State University

Ven Ochaya
Director, MBA in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst

Lynn Schulte
Associate Professor
MBA, Baldwin Wallace University

Thomas Sutton
Ph.D., Kent State University

Robert B. Young
Associate Professor
DBA, Cleveland State University