Innovation & Entrepreneurship

About the Clark University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

Our Mission: The mission of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) Program is to discover, cultivate, and propel innovative and entrepreneurial endeavors of Clark students, regardless of major or field of study. Whether the student is intrinsically motivated to solve social issues or to become financially profitable through business ownership, the Clark University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program supports and guides entrepreneurial progression of the individual, for the betterment of the collective.

Students with a wide range of innovative and entrepreneurial interests access the services, resources, and courses through the I&E program. We believe all students should control their aspirational destiny. We also believe that we need to meet students were they are when it comes to their innovation and entrepreneurial journey. If a student is in the idea phase, we will start there; however, if a student is already in business or running a venture we will help with strategies for continued growth and development.

FUN FACTS

  • Approximately 300 students each year take entrepreneurship courses to learn, build, and strengthen their entrepreneurial ventures and innovative skills.
  • Two student-run ventures, the Community Thrift Store and Clark Collective, have successfully operated with ongoing student leadership.
  • Seventeen student ventures entered the 2019 Ureka Challenge. Each accepted student entrepreneur was awarded $100 of pre-challenge seed money to invest in their venture. The student entrepreneurs worked with alumni, faculty, campus resources, and community mentors to grow their venture. At the end of the challenge, the student entrepreneurs presented the outcome of the seed money investment to win up to an additional $1000. Five ventures were awarded varying sums of additional seed money at the finals.
  • The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center is located on Clark University’s campus and supports developing small businesses with workshops, resources, and other related business services.
  • Over 100 students participate in entrepreneurship clubs – Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Club, Entrepreneurship Club, and Clark Women in Business.

CO-CURRICULAR ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTIVITIES

Clark Collective

  • The Clark Collective, located in the Clark Community Thrift Store, is a retail storefront open to Clark entrepreneurs and student-owned businesses to showcase and sell their products and services to Clark and surrounding communities. Participating in the Clark Collective provides Clark entrepreneurial students the opportunity to experience firsthand owning and operating a store.

Ureka Challenge

  • This contest provides seed money to Clark student-owned businesses to help them grow and flourish. The seed money belongs to the student business owner and can be used any way they see fit to grow their business. At the end of the contest, students present the outcome of the seed money investment to a panel of Clark alumni entrepreneurs for the opportunity to be awarded additional funds.

TIE - Center for Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

  • TIE is a club that works with several campus staff, faculty, and students to operate a co-working space on campus to foster and promote innovation. TIE also supports students in Hack-a-thon and other innovation and entrepreneurial contests throughout the New England area.

Entrepreneurship Club

  • This club aims to provide the resources for motivated, creative, and talented students to collaborate in fostering entrepreneurial activity on campus through entrepreneur speakers and business competitions.

International Entrepreneurship

  • The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program supports understanding entrepreneurship in global economies. Courses within the minor give opportunity to travel nationally and internationally to work closely with social entrepreneurs throughout the world.

Clark Community Thrift Store

  • The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program supports the Clark Community Thrift Store (CCTS). The CCTS allows Clark students to participate in managing a small business through retail management. The CCTS is a real store located on Main Street that resells stylish recycled clothing to the Clark and Main South communities.