Center for Innovation Strategies

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Ohio State has a successful history of generating innovators, and the need for this talent is greater than ever. The Center for Innovation Strategies combines the strengths of a leading university—outstanding students, world-renowned faculty, dedicated staff, active alumni and engaged industry partners—to develop the critical thinking skills and real-world learning experiences that address innovation challenges.

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OnRamp is a multi-week program that enables a corporate sponsor to cultivate and pose a range of ideas for student teams to validate and iterate using an innovative mindset. Students have an opportunity to directly influence a company’s real-world innovations from conception to implementation. These new ideas are posed from within the company and representatives oversee and help with the direction of the idea.

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 Innovation Gym 

Innovation Gym





The Center for Innovation Strategies is proud to announce the development of a new student program - Innovation Gym. Innovation Gyms are 2-hour design-thinking sprints with the goal of bringing students and companies together to innovate on real-world problems. For more information, contact Christian Lampasso,

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor provides undergraduate students from multiple disciplines and majors with a core understanding of how to develop a new start-up business or create new products and services within an existing organization. Students completing the minor will possess the ability to apply critical thinking skills and cross-disciplinary, collaborative problem solving in the creation of successful new ventures, products and services.
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Student Spotlight: Laura McLaughlin

Graduate Student Programs

  • TECh Lab for STEMM Graduate Students

    TECh Lab is a professional development program aimed at STEMM graduate students and postdocs who are interested in exploring alternative careers in technology entrepreneurship, increasing their business vocabulary and strengthening their communication skills. Through a series of experiential workshops, TECh Lab students are introduced to the lean startup approach to technology commercialization, value proposition development and market research strategy. TECh Lab is a competitive, not-for-credit program offered in the fall and spring semesters.

  • Entrepreneurial Fellows - Postdoc Program

    CIS’s Entrepreneurial Fellows program is designed for STEMM post-doctoral researchers who are committed to pursuing careers in technology entrepreneurship. Sponsored by our academic and industry partners, our Fellows divide their time between entrepreneurial activities and managing the Center’s market research projects.

    Please note: no fellowship positions are open at this time.