Experiential Learning

The Institute for Entrepreneurship

The Institute for Entrepreneurship is a distinctive, internationally-recognized program emphasizing undergraduate teaching excellence and immersive, real-world learning opportunities in the areas of social, startup and corporate entrepreneurship. Highlight experiential programs and opportunities include:

  • Courses taught at Cincinnati’s top accelerator, The Brandery
  • Start-Up Weekend
  • “Reality Check” Undergraduate Business Plan Competition

  • Miami Entrepreneurs
  • Redhawk Ventures
  • Social Entrepreneur Corps
  • IGoodea Creative Consulting
  • Semester Internships in San Francisco and Cincinnati
  • Altman Summer Scholar  Internship Program
  • Base of the Pyramid Internships

Startup Entrepreneurship

The Altman Summer Scholar Internship Program is designed to provide students an opportunity to make an impact in an early-stage entrepreneurial company. Students work full-time,  earn 3 hours of course credit, and meet with dozens of founders in Cincinnati, Chicago or San Francisco. Through Start-Up Weekend, student teams have the opportunity to go from an idea to a business in an intense, 48-hour experience, supported and mentored by upper-level entrepreneurship students and successful entrepreneurs (many of whom are also Miami alumni).

Social Entrepreneurship

One of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship’s winning innovations is its MicroConsignment Initiative, developed in partnership with Miami alumnus and prominent social entrepreneur, Greg Van Kirk. Van Kirk’s organization helps individuals in Base-of-the-Pyramid, developing markets become micro-entrepreneurs who sell essential products and services to others in their communities. These products include water purification buckets, eyeglasses, solar lamps and wood-burning stoves. Students have the opportunity to apply entrepreneurial business practices through Social Entrepreneur Corps, where they assist in the MircoConsignment efforts in Guatemala, Ecuador, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic/Haiti.

Corporate Entrepreneurship

In ESP 461: Entrepreneurial Consulting, students work with corporate clients to generate fresh, innovative solutions to the challenges of their business and industry. Students gain vital consulting experience, along with the opportunity to meet and present to senior-level executives. Past clients include: Sears Optical, (a division of Luxxotica), dunnhumby, Cohen, Pearson, ConAgra Foods and Fifth Third.


Dr. Brett Smith (513) 529-9744 smithbr2@MiamiOH.edu
Mark Lacker (513) 529-1896  lackerms@MiamiOH.edu
Thomas Heuer (513) 529-2062 heuertm@MiamiOH.edu

Study Abroad

The joint Accountancy and Entrepreneurship winter term study abroad program allows students to apply their knowledge of both performance measurement and social entrepreneurship to a consulting-like project in a developing country, and in the process, assist local entrepreneurs and their customers. Students participating in this social venture gain first-hand experience in not only the needs and challenges of businesses in developing countries, but also a deep appreciation for the host country’s culture, history, economy and politics.


Dr. Brett Smith  (513) 529-9744 smithbr2@MiamiOH.edu