The University of Cincinnati (UC), Center for Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (CEC) makes it a goal to support innovative ideas and revolutionary concepts developed not only by experienced entrepreneurs in the city of Cincinnati, but also by some of UC’s best and brightest scholars.
It is this goal that has driven the CEC to support the Innovation Initiative, a student group that works to encourage graduate and undergraduate scholars across UC’s 15 colleges to pursue innovative ideas and gain the professional development and insights to make their ideas a reality.
Through educational events, professional networking opportunities, and a variety of in-class innovation work projects, the Innovation Initiative hopes to ignite a spark of creativity in innovation interested students and prepare them to act on their passion.
“It’s been a pleasure working in the past with the Innovation Initiative,” said CEC executive director Tom Dalziel on partnering with the group. “Inspiring and preparing students to be innovative leaders and entrepreneurs has always been a goal of the CEC and it is a wonderful thing to see UC students take up that same initiative.”
In its three years of activity helping students explore entrepreneurial and innovative opportunities in and outside of the classroom, the Innovation Initiative has been a valued partner of the CEC, which has provided the student group with helpful resources and valuable mentors.
“The partnership between the Innovation Initiative and the CEC has been fruitful,” said Evan Cohen, the group’s president. “They have allowed us to really grow as an organization, and being in our third year as a club, it has been great to have them supporting our mission.”
Last fall, the Innovation Initiative launched the Next Lives Here Innovation Summit, which united thinkers, leaders and entrepreneurs from around the region for a showcase of Cincinnati’s innovation and technology at the University of Cincinnati.
Through collaboration with the Cincinnati entrepreneurial hub, Mortar Cincinnati, The Innovation Initiative also looks to host their 2nd SparkUC Innovation Challenge, which will empower students to solve real world problems affecting their community by working with students and mentors from the UC area.
“There are so many smart students and faculty that are at UC and it is incredible,” said Cohen on the collaboration that sets the foundation for the SparkUC challenge. “When you are able to combine different backgrounds and experiences to create something new, that is what makes innovation work.”
Explore the Innovation Initiative’s site for more information on their activities and events. Be sure to also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.