Experiential Learning

Congratulations to Adam Shiffler and Connor Kilander and their business ‘Collegiate Code’ on taking 1st Place in the Startup Business Idea Pitch Competition, May 2016!

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
  • Startup Business Idea Pitch Competition – watch the top 3 winning teams from our May 2016 competition here!
  • High Street Startups
  • Redhawk Ventures: student-led venture fund
  • 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 which 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 essentialproducts and services to others in their community. 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
Mr. Mark Lacker  (513) 529-1896  lackerms@MiamiOH.edu
Mr. Thomas Heuer (513) 529-2062 heuertm@MiamiOH.edu

Study Abroad

Students enrolled in Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries traveled to Nicaragua for an introduction to the entrepreneurial process in a developing world context. Students performed consulting projects with small, local entrepreneurs, including the leader of a fisherman's cooperative, a jam and jelly maker and a cheese maker. These students also identified a new target market, designed a marketing campaign and equipped the local entrepreneur with the training and tools to implement the campaign going forward. The students' work was much appreciated by the local entrepreneurs and was highlighted in the Nicaraguan newspaper. In addition to coursework, students were able to visit volcanoes, cloud forests, the ocean and many important cultural sites.

Dr. Chris Sutter (513) 529-6205 sutterc@miamioh.edu

Study Away

Students enrolled in Entrepreneurial Consulting began their semester in San Francisco working with creative and innovative consultants and companies, including IDEO, Disney, Stanford’s d-School and many others. The students worked with corporate clients to generate fresh, innovative solutions to the real challenges of their business and industry. Students gained vital consulting experience, along with the opportunity to meet and present to senior-level executives. Past clients include: ConAgra, Formica and Scripps Broadcasting. In addition to the coursework, students have the opportunity to visit Fisherman’s Wharf, Muir Woods, Alcatraz, The Golden Gate Bridge and other San Francisco sites.

Dr. Jim Friedman (513) 529-1440 friedmj2@miamioh.edu