At OSU, undergraduate and graduate students have access to a multitude of innovation and entrepreneurship resources to learn real-world skills, develop career resiliency, and even possibly create your own startup company while pursuing your degree.

Why should students engage in I&E Activities?

Learning to think innovatively and entrepreneurially will help make you career resilient – which is a key to long-term financial success. The pace of change in the economy continues to increase, and employers are more interested in graduates who have I&E skills. College is a great time to explore resources for learning more innovation and entrepreneurship skills to assist you in your post-college career.

No matter your degree path or major focus of study, there are I&E resources available to you.

Entrepreneurship Training

  • The OSU Advantage Accelerator supports the development of high-growth companies through tailored programing.
  • The Advantage Accelerator Internship is a paid student job opportunity designed to give hands on experience researching the commercialization potential of business concepts originating from the OSU community.
  • The COB Innovation X programming allows students to explore entrepreneurship, test new business ideas and launch new ventures.
  • The Next Great Startup is yearly competition for student-led teams looking to turn a startup idea into a real company.

Support Resources

  • Student Clubs - OSU maintains a database of over 400 student clubs to connect students with insights on a large range of student resources and areas of interests.
    • The College of Business Student Clubs range from Business Information Systems, Entrepreneurship Club, and more. 
    • Access to The DAMLab Makerspace is also available to members of certain clubs, such Robotics Club, 3D Printing Club, and Inventors Enterprise Club
  • The DAMLab Makerspace provides access to a wide range of tools, enabling student innovation from design through manufacture.
  • Undergraduate Student Research opportunities are available for students from all backgrounds. Learn more about opportunities and how to get involved on the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and the Arts website.
  • Graduate School Support Resources

Academic Courses/Degrees

  • The College of Business offers an Innovation and Entrepreneurship program as both a minor and as an option for Business Majors, an Innovation Management Double Degree, and advanced degrees such as a Ph.D. with an option in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation. To learn more about the COB program offerings focused on Innovation, please refer to the Classes and Degrees listing.
  • The College of Engineering opportunities include the HEST/ANTH 199 Introduction to Innovation for Social Impact course and the HWeekend event.
  • The College of Science has a training and education program, which builds value for the innovation and the innovator, providing scientists and engineers with the full range of vocabulary and skills required for successful translation of research into commercial ventures. Program Includes: Foundations of Innovation SCI 470 and SCI 570
  • The College of Liberal Arts offers a couple courses currently to help budding artists better understand how to leverage their career. ART 451 Introduction to Arts Entrepreneurship (cross listed as ART 451/MUS451/TA451) and NMC 441 Media Entrepreneurship Studies.

Want to learn more about specific opportunities to engage with I&E options in your college?

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