Innovation and Entrepreneurship Expands Its Reach Across Santa Clara University

In a move to strengthen the “entrepreneurial mindset” necessary for
adaptability and reinvention, Santa Clara University’s Center for
Innovation and Entrepreneurship is expanding its reach and programming
across campus.

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#GoBroncoslt;/agt;–A new campus-wide initiative at Santa Clara University will create a
central hub to guide, coordinate and elevate the innovation and
entrepreneurship efforts of students across campus—from those studying
arts and humanities, to engineering students, to business or science

Santa Clara University’s expanded and re-envisioned Center for
Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE)
will unify and build upon
existing programming designed to spur innovation and entrepreneurship,
such as the current startup competitions and mentoring at the Leavey
School of Business; virtual- and augmented-reality experimentation
underway in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Imaginarium space; the
engineering school’s prototyping Maker Lab; and the five-year-old
Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic at the School of Law.

The University is actively soliciting significant new funding to support
this bold vision, with an aim of creating an “entrepreneurial mindset”
across campus.

Current programs will be supplemented by new initiatives coordinated by
CIE. Among the initiatives under consideration:

  • ”Design thinking” courses
  • Joint certificates or degrees in areas such as product innovation or
    new-venture management
  • A larger, more-robust program of speakers, tours, design challenges,
    and hackathons
  • Research support for faculty
  • Expanding or supplementing current courses on the ethics, theology,
    sociology of innovation and entrepreneurship

“The graduates of the future likely will have 10 or more jobs—in many
cases in fields that have yet to be envisioned,” said Caryn Beck-Dudley,
dean of the Leavey School of Business, who worked with campus partners
to coordinate the new CIE. “Across all disciplines, our students will be
more agile and adaptive if they are part of an ecosystem that instills a
passion for innovation and entrepreneurship.”

CIE also will infuse its programming with distinct characteristics: a
Jesuit perspective—
teaching behaviors that reflect critical thought
and responsible action on moral and ethical issues; authentic
entrepreneurial learning experiences—“
embedding” students in
companies for observation and long-term projects, and supporting student
startups; and the entrepreneurial mindset—using a uniquely Jesuit
lens, students will be encouraged to learn fundamentals of value
creation and discern whether their innovations create value or solve
socially meaningful problems.

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