Center for Innovation Strategies
Undergraduate Experiential Programs

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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 develops students with the critical thinking skills and learning experiences that equip them to address innovation challenges.

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The Center for Innovation Strategies OnRamp is a multi-program platform designed to assist companies with all stages of the innovation process, from ideation to hand-off. This platform allows corporate sponsors to engage with the CIS team and undergraduate students through a variety of innovative value-generating processes. Students have an opportunity to directly influence real-world innovations from concept to implementation. Innovation ideas or exploratory areas are posed from within the company, and company representatives oversee and help with the direction of the idea, with ongoing guidance and consultation from the CIS team.

Summary of OnRamp Offerings


Innovation Gym

A monthly hands-on 90 minute workshop to showcase student talent. Through ideation and collaboration, students delve into a large-scale problem and derive a solution to train their growth mindset



CIS leadership and a select group of students explore trends, conduct an environmental scan, and ideate a large volume of potential innovation concepts to fill your innovation pipeline. In this eight week program concepts are generated, vetted, and selected for further exploration, to fuel and accelerate the de-risking and validation process for early stage innovation concepts.


Tech Push

Known technologies in a sponsoring company’s IP portfolio are broken down to attributes and then applied to many different industry verticals. With guidance from CIS leadership, student teams explore potential business use cases and prospective partners to help formulate a business development strategy for the commercialization of technologies.  


Custom Sprint

Highly motivated student teams are employed as extra bandwidth to address your innovation needs through a customized 6 to 8-week innovation sprint. Previous sprints include a program designed to explore societal and business impacts of the evolving cannabis industry and challenges related to mobility and energy innovation.


Idea Accelerator

Student teams are given an exploratory space and then provided instruction which enables them to employ start-up methodology and research methods to identify problems and unmet customer needs. Insights are derived from gathered data in order to build unique solutions and potential innovation experiments across the three horizons innovation framework.


Business Modeling – A Full-Time Summer Program

A full-time summer internship focused on validating a business case around a proposed concept. Student teams will build prototypes, conduct user testing, and interview potential customers to develop a viable business model for further investment.

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Learn more: Mobility Innovation Sprint

 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.