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Creativity and Innovation in the department of entrepreneurship gives students the mindsets and tools to dive deeply into problems to discover bigger and better ideas. We believe that when students have the ability to understand the root customer problem and the tools to think of second, third, and fourth right answers, they achieve true innovation. We also strongly believe that most learning happens outside of the classroom so we energize students to live creative mindsets in the real world discovering how innovation can make everything better.

Creativity and Innovation Highlights Include:

Our first-year integrated core class (ESP 103) taken by all FSB students focuses on helping students be more creative in all environments.

Creativity City, the annual week-long celebration of World Creativity and Innovation Week honors daily ways to stay creative and remind people of their creative selves.

The Summer Scholars Program, a two-week summer business creativity course for high school students to begin learning creativity and innovation tools and foundations

ESP461, a rigorous 3-week creative consulting capstone where students travel to San Francisco and spend a week learning from the world's best innovators.

Creative Consulting in San Francisco

What happens when you take a select group of rockstar creativity students to one of the most innovative cities in the world to do real work for a real client? Big problems are tackled by big ideas.

For the full 3 weeks of j-term, Entrepreneurship students team up to tackle a client project using creative problem solving, design thinking and other applied creativity tools to create innovative solutions. The trip includes a week in the Bay Area where students live and work in the heart of San Francisco.

During the week, students meet with some of the world’s leading creatives and most innovative companies to immerse them in new ways of thinking. At the end of J-Term, student teams present their solutions to the client, who often immediately implement team solutions.

Past clients include ConAgra, Formica, Oros Apparel, Scripps Broadcasting, Caribou Coffee, and CVG Airport. 

Contact: Jim Friedman, 529-1440,

Creativity City

Creativity City is an event that brings students together to design a city in celebration of World Creativity and Innovation Week. With the event, students live and share their creativity with games, activities and teachings about applied creativity and innovation. 

Miami University and the Department of Entrepreneurship are home to World Creativity and Innovation Day (WCID), April 21, the day before Earth Day, and World Creativity and Innovation Week (WCIW), April 15-21, which serendipitously begins on Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, April 15. World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, was founded in 2002 by creativity specialist Marci to provide time and a reason for people to use creativity in problem-solving to generate new ideas and use imagination to take positive action in the world.

Over the years, the idea gained momentum, and the day grew into a week, starting on DaVinci’s birthday and ending on April 21 – Earth Day, and celebrated around the world. In 2018, the United Nations recognized World Creativity & Innovation Week by proclaiming April 21 World Creativity & Innovation Day to “encourage creative multidisciplinary thinking to help us achieve the sustainable future we want.”

Today, WCIW is celebrated annually in more than 50 countries around the world in celebrations that vary from meetings and conversations to workshops and festivals. WCIW is unique because each participating community celebrates in their own way. Celebrations vary from meetings and conversations to workshops and festivals. This time provides the creative community a purpose and a time-shared reason to grow worldwide as we reinvigorate what it means to live with and navigate new ideas, actions and outcomes.

Department of Entrepreneurship

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