The Center for Entrepreneurship & Commercialization (CEC) at the University of Cincinnati, established in 1997, seeks to create a world-class center for entrepreneurship education, research, and service. The center's vision and mission is to provide a state-of-the-art entrepreneurship curriculum not only for potential entrepreneurs, but also for people in the many organizations that interact with small, entrepreneurial, and family owned businesses on a daily basis. Located in the Lindner College of Business Center of Centers at USquare, the CEC facilitates collaborative efforts between faculty and students from across the University as well as between the university and individuals and businesses in the Greater Cincinnati area.
The CEC’s threefold mission is to:
- Accelerate the launch of new ventures and the commercialization of technology,
- Improve strategic and intrapreneurial thinking in established organizations, and
- Multiply social entrepreneurship. CEC programs and initiatives, including its executive development program, Small Business Institute, and rigorous curriculum and competitions, among others, facilitate the entrepreneurial journey.
Highlights of the CEC’s activities include:
- Executive development and community education programs
- Faculty-guided, student-based field case study program which provides consulting services for local businesses (Small Business Institute Program)
- Student internship program (Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Experience or EEE)
- UC-wide Innovation Quest Elevator Pitch (IQ EPitch) Competition
- Young Entrepreneurs Seminar (YES), a day-long event for high school seniors to meet and exchange ideas with local entrepreneurs
- UC MBA Business Plan Competition
- UC Spirit of Enterprise Graduate Business Plan Competition
- CEO Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization
- Charles Matthews Field Study Business Plan Case Competition for graduate and undergraduate students
- Bearcat Bridge Fund
- Bearcat Launch Pad
- Entrepreneurship Club
- Innovation Initiative
The CEC is affiliated with local incubators, accelerators, and entrepreneurial support organizations including the Brandery, Cintrifuse, the Hamilton County Business Development Center, SCORE, among others.
The CEC at UC is actively engaged in developing a collaborative effort with other colleges of the University, such as Engineering, Medicine, Law, and Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning in order to advance the role of technology and entrepreneurship.