At Hiram College, entrepreneurship is more than organizing and starting a business. It is a way of thinking. The skills and character fostered by the liberal arts are an excellent foundation for successful entrepreneurs, who use their passion to create valued products, services, and programs. The synergy of liberal arts and entrepreneurship helps students develop the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary to enhance their own lives, and those of their communities and society, no matter their areas of study or chosen career paths.
The mission of Integrated Entrepreneurship at Hiram is to foster an expansive sense of the possible, an exploration of personal passion, an ownership of one’s ideas and actions, and a commitment to add value to one’s self and one’s community. This center is designed to help all members of the Hiram community explore and develop their ideas beyond the classroom, to see themselves as entrepreneurs who can add value to their communities and profit from their passions.
- The Integrated Entrepreneurship Program (IE) is not housed within a business program – it seeks to engage ideas and enterprise concepts from all academic disciplines.
- IE and the Center are housed in the Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Center of East Hall, a residence hall with suites that form a learning community of students with an interest in entrepreneurship.
- The Center is a resource for students to research and develop their entrepreneurial ideas into start-up businesses. In the Center, students have access to workspace, desk space, wireless internet, computer/printer, business software, whiteboards, chalkboards, storage space, resource materials, and a network of experienced entrepreneurs.
- The Center hosts two annual idea competitions – ideablitz! and ideabuild! – that are open to all students. Participants have access to significant mentoring by faculty and area entrepreneurs, cash prizes to help develop their concepts, and regional competitions.
- The Center’s E-Network is a rich resource for students, providing mentoring, guidance and internship opportunities.
- Through its partnership with the Regional Economic Growth Corporation (REGC) the Center co-hosts business basic workshops for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the broader community. REGC also provides its small business counseling services to students on site and at no charge.
- A growing support system for Student Run Ventures, which are college owned, faculty championed, curriculum connected and student run campus-based enterprises. These include: The Terrier Bakery, The Olive Branch, Art with Heart and The Terrier Trader.
- The Center is a member of the Northeast Ohio Entrepreneurship Education Consortium , allowing Hiram students to participate in a regional idea competition and a weeklong entrepreneurship immersion experience.
Academic Programs Associated with the Center (others may also be influenced by the Center)
- Entrepreneurship Minor
- Integrated coursework across the curriculum
- Experiential learning opportunities for any major
- TBA, Center Director
- David J. Kukurza, Academic Program Director and Visiting Professor of Integrated Entrepreneurship