The mission of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is to facilitate the launch of the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators, and dynamic organizations through education, research, and outreach. The CIE is located in Morris Hall.

Resources Include:

  • Access to talented students
  • Access to university faculty experts and resources
  • Mentorship of student entrepreneurs
  • Connections with the local start-up ecosystem
  • Events that connect students with entrepreneurs and mentors in the region
  • Educational workshops
  • Online events
  • Seed capital for student entrepreneurs through our annual Big Ideas Challenge
  • Recommendations and support for other competitions around the country


  • bring together existing innovation and entrepreneurship programs, such as
  • help nurture and expand academic and continuing innovation and entrepreneurship education
  • facilitate student and community innovation projects
  • mentor student business launches and development
  • serve as a resource in elevating faculty innovation and research expertise

Meet the CIE staff