Ohio State has a proud and successful history of generating innovators and entrepreneurs, and the need for this talent is greater than ever. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University 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 and entrepreneurship challenges.

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

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Innovation, Creativity, & Entrepreneurship Scholars

ICE Scholars is a two year, application-based living-learning community that provides co-curricular experiences and tools for students to build an entrepreneurial mindset, gain an introduction to lean startup principles, develop a network, and identify resources. Students must first indicate interest in and be accepted to Honors & Scholars prior to joining ICE.

ICE Scholars Student Spotlight: David Butcher


Best of Student Startups Pitch & Accelerator Program 

Do you have an idea for a business, product or service? Take part in our Best of Student Startups Pitch and Accelerator (BOSS) competition. Offered in both spring and fall semesters, BOSS provides information, coaching and support to help make students’ business ideas a reality. At the end of the program, selected students pitch their ideas at the BOSS Finale and compete for funding and mentoring opportunities.

Learn more at go.osu.edu/BOSS

Join the CIE Network

Do you want to connect with other entrepreneurs and startups and stay up-to-date on entrepreneurial activities? Join CIE Network powered by StartupTree to:

Interact with local entrepreneurs and connect with mentors
Create a personal profile to showcase experience
Learn about entrepreneurship experiences and events
Create teams to collaborate on projects and ventures
Post internships and identify talented students
Find or apply to internships and other opportunities

Join the CIE Network at osu.startuptree.co

Student Organizations

Center faculty and staff serve as advisers to the Business Builders Club and Alleviating Poverty through Entepreneurship.

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.

    Please contact Dr. Emily Rosenthal-Kim at rosenthal-kim.1@osu.edu for application materials and additional information.

  • Entrepreneurial Fellows - Postdoc Program

    CIE’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 contact Dr. Emily Rosenthal-Kim at rosenthal-kim.1@osu.edu for more information.

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



Jake Cohen
Assistant Director, Student Programs
Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
228 Mason Hall
250 Woodruff Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210