The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship offers consulting services to regional area organizations (for-profit or non-profit) that would like to work with an expert and a team of students to find innovative solutions to real-world problems.

Projects must:

  • Require college-level work to complete
  • Have educational value to students
  • Be accomplishable within a semester (about 4 months)
  • Fit the mission, vision, and values of the College of Business
  • Have a budget available

Process Outline:

  1. Organizations wishing to submit a project, please complete this form.
  2. Initial phone or email discussion.
  3. Discovery interview to gather additional information.
  4. Project write up by CIE Director.
  5. Project write up approval by organization – to assure that information gathered is accurate.
  6. Project distributed to University community of faculty, staff, and students.
  7. Team lead identified.
  8. Team lead and CIE Director create a plan and budget for the project.
  9. Proposal with write up, plan and budget submitted to organization for approval.
  10. Contract created by University staff and given to organization for signatures.
  11. Team lead and CIE Director recruit students for the project.
  12. Project work is done, supervised by team lead with regular reports back to organization.
  13. CIE staff check-ins with team lead and organizational contact throughout the semester.
  14. Project report (written and/or oral) given to organization by students and team lead.
  15. Evaluation surveys/interviews done with all parties by CIE staff.

We will undertake a limited number of projects each semester to maintain high quality.

Smaller projects that require less than a semester are possible.

Note that not all projects requested can be done – educational value and intrinsic interest must be there for the students and the project must be achievable by students in a quality way with the resources and time available to them.

Unsure if your project is right for the CIE?  Contact us and if there isn’t a good fit, we will be happy to refer you to other resources that fit your situation.