University Resources

Northeast Ohio’s colleges and universities offer many entrepreneurial resources to students in the higher education community. In 2009, JumpStart and the Burton D. Morgan Foundation established the JumpStart Higher Education Collaboration Council (JSHECC) as a way to better connect these resources—both with each other and with the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Whether you are a student interested in entrepreneurship, or a community member interested in supporting these resources, this list of JSHECC programs and partners is a great place to start.

Ashland University – Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

The mission of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies is to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit of the students, Faculty, University, Alumni and greater Ashland community.

BGSU Firelands – Office of Educational Outreach

The Office for Educational Outreach offers a diverse range of educational programs designed to serve the businesses and citizens of our area community.

Baldwin Wallace University – Center for Innovation & Growth

The Center for Innovation & Growth (CIG) prepares tomorrow’s leaders to change their world as students learn — and practice — skills in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. The CIG infuses a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship campus-wide and contributes to the regional economy.

Baldwin Wallace University – NEOLaunchNET

Powered by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, NEOLaunchNET is a co-curricular program providing free and confidential venture coaching, idea contests, pitch competitions, networking opportunities, in-class presentations, and a host of visiting entrepreneurs and activities that complement BW’s innovation and entrepreneurship courses.

Baldwin Wallace University – School of Business: Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Today’s ever-changing business environment needs idea-generators. People who are strategic thinkers with a creative mindset and passion for problem solving. BW’s major in innovation & entrepreneurship can help you develop the skills to succeed. It is designed as a second major to complement a primary program of study-humanities, business, music and social, physical and health sciences.

Case Western Reserve University – NEOLaunchNet

CWRU NEOLaunchNet serves students and alumni of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Art, and Cleveland Institute of Music. Since 2012, CWRU NEOLaunchNet has helped more than 500 students and alumni to research and establish enterprises. NEOLaunchNet supported ventures have raised millions of dollars through competitions, public sources, and private investors. CWRU NEOLaunchNet is a member of the Burton D. Morgan NEOLaunchNet community.

Cleveland Institute of Art – Career Center

The Career Center at CIA provides services to students, alumni, and employers. The Career Center is there for students as they work to build their own studio practice, join established businesses, become entrepreneurs, or continue towards an advanced degree.

Cleveland State University – Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs: Center for Economic Development

The Center for Economic Development provides research and technical assistance to governments, nonprofits, and businesses. The Center is dedicated to help measure policy performance, assess economic impacts and inform on growth of businesses, industries, regions and cities. The Center can help develop a compelling argument for funding your next project or illustrating how programs bring positive community and regional economic results. The Center serves as a designated U.S. Economic Development Administration University Center.

Cleveland State University – Monte Ahuja College of Business: Centers for Outreach & Engagement

Regarded in high esteem for their strategic development and delivery of programs that address current needs and future business challenges, the Centers for Outreach & Engagement help to position organizations for economic success. The Centers partner with the Northeast Ohio business community, government agencies, and academic institutions worldwide to deliver courses, seminars, research, and other outreach initiatives.

Cleveland State University – Monte Ahuja College of Business: Sustainable Business Center

The Sustainable Business Center at the Monte Ahuja College of Business offers current and future business leaders a multidisciplinary approach to learning and implementing sustainability initiatives. Real and immediate value is added through connections to cutting-edge research, graduate students and other opportunities for Northeast Ohio businesses to initiate service-learning projects with our business students.

College of Wooster – Center for Entrepreneurship

The Center for Entrepreneurship offers a wide variety of programs and activities that support the entrepreneurial sprit of students from all majors. Any student with an interest in creating solutions, products or services can find opportunities to complement and enhance their professional development and academic experience.

Cuyahoga Community College – Metropolitan Campus

The Metropolitan (Metro) Campus opened in 1969 as Tri-C’s first campus. Located near downtown Cleveland in the Campus District, the Metro Campus offers state-of-the-art health careers labs, is home to the nationally-renowned Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, and features industry-standard learning laboratories in programs such as Recording Arts and Technology, Hospitality Management and Electronic/Electrical Engineering.

Hiram College – Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship

Integrated Entrepreneurship at Hiram integrates the concepts of entrepreneurship into the liberal arts through curricular and extra-curricular activities to help students develop skills such as – critical thinking, curiosity, ethical awareness, ability to write and speak clearly, ability to draw and synthesize knowledge from diverse sources and apply to diverse uses, insight into the human experience, and a life-long love of learning.

John Carroll University – Edward M. Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship

The Edward M. Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship and its partners host, attract and support a range of entrepreneurial activity, interests and people across John Carroll University and the Boler School of Business. The Edward M. Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship is the headquarters for entrepreneurship at John Carroll University.

Kent State University – College of Business Administration: Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship

The Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship offers a variety of programs designed to meet your needs. With three majors and two minors, there are combinations to suit your interests whether you want to start your own business, work in a corporation or small business, go into sales, product development or brand management.

Kent State University – Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation

Through its cutting edge collaborative research, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at Kent State University advances current understanding of entrepreneurship to guide and engage students, community members, academic researchers and policy makers thus making a positive difference in the entrepreneurial eco-system in Northeast Ohio and the world beyond our network of campuses.

Kent State University – NEOLaunchNET

NEOLaunchNET KSU helps KSU students, faculty/staff, and alumni transform their ideas into thriving businesses, successful projects, or innovative collaborations. Through meetings, mentoring, workshops, and events NEOLaunchNET promotes entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as helping clients create new businesses or grow existing start-ups. NEOLaunchNET Kent State is a member of NEOLaunchNET, powered by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

Kent State University – Stark

Kent State University at Stark is Kent State’s largest regional campus, serving Stark County and the surrounding area for more than 70 years. As Stark County’s only public university, Kent State Stark plays a vital role in generating a more educated workforce, attracting and retaining qualified individuals to the area and contributing to the positive economic development of the region.

Kent State University at Tuscarawas – Business & Community Services

Kent State University at Tuscarawas works closely with the business community to provide educational programs relevant to the workforce of today and tomorrow. Through Business and Community Services, students are linked to the resources and expertise of a major metropolitan university that is staffed by award-winning faculty, as well as leading experts from business, industry and the professions.

Lake Erie College – The Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE)

Established in 2007, the Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) is a collaborative effort reaching across all the Learning Communities at Lake Erie College and throughout the Northeast Ohio business community. CFE seeks to prepare and inspire the students of Lake Erie College to act entrepreneurially by positively influencing their ability, confidence, and willingness to start and grow successful new ventures.

Lakeland Community College – Entrepreneurship Center

Lakeland’s Entrepreneurship Center supports existing businesses and encourages the creation of new businesses. The Center works in partnership with the Lake/Geauga Small Business Development Center at Lakeland Community College. Together, the programs provide quality learning opportunities for small businesses in the community and our students.

Lorain County Community College – NEOLaunchNET

NEOLaunchNET at Lorain County Community College is a co-curricular program that serves students, alumni, staff and faculty to encourage entrepreneurial thinking, innovative mindset, creative collaboration, and venture creation through coaching, events, and connections in Northeast Ohio. NEO NEOLaunchNET is supported by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

Mount Union – Department of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration

The Department of Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration prepares students for professional lives in business and related fields. Mount Union’s minor in entrepreneurship is administered through the Department of Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration.

Notre Dame College – The Enterprise Development Center

The Enterprise Development Center at Notre Dame College (EDC@NDC) represents an innovative approach to creating academic and experiential learning opportunities for students, while supporting Northeast Ohio’s startups and small businesses. By partnering with community and funding partners, the EDC@NDC promotes entrepreneurial thinking—a tenent of Notre Dame’s president, among others—and provides an interdisciplinary internship program

Oberlin – Creativity & Leadership: Entrepreneurship at Oberlin

Creativity & Leadership: Entrepreneurship at Oberlin is a multi-disciplinary effort designed to encourage students to put their innovative ideas into practice. The program reflects Oberlin’s artistic excellence, academic rigor, and longstanding commitment to preparing students for leadership and civic engagement.

Stark State College

Stark State College provides quality, high-value associate degrees, certificates, and professional development in diverse, student-centered learning environments. The College is dedicated to lifelong learning; affordable, transferable higher education; and career success. Stark State College advances quality of life through access, academic success, stewardship, and business and community partnerships.

University of Akron – College of Business Administration: Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

The vision of the Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies is to promote entrepreneurship throughout the University of Akron, community, region, U.S. and the world through the dissemination of practical “experiential” and theoretical knowledge, which will benefit society as a whole.

University of Akron – Innovation Practice Center

When it is formally created, the Innovation Practice Center (IPC) will offer the vision and leadership to effectively launch innovative ideas and promising research into successful entrepreneurial ventures by engaging students, faculty and community in the process of innovation, invention and entrepreneurship. Housed within the IPC will be the Proof of Concept (POC) initiative.

University of Akron School of Law – Small Entrepreneur and Economic Development (SEED) Clinic

In this transactional clinic, law students provide low-cost legal and business assistance to small and emerging businesses in the local community. The SEED Clinic helps with business planning, operating agreements, employment law questions, contract/lease issues, entity selection, and nonprofit assistance.

Walsh University – Deville School of Business

The DeVille School of Business offers a quality business education that prepares our graduates for success in today’s competitive, global economic marketplace. A unique interdisciplinary approach provides students access to a broad range of up-to-date business courses providing for a well-rounded education. Experiential learning opportunities and internships are readily available for students and are often a stepping stone to a graduate’s first full-time job.

Youngstown State University – Williamson College of Business Administration: The Entrepreneurship Center

The primary goal of The Entrepreneurship Center, which resides in The Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University, is the development of entrepreneurship initiatives and programs. A 12 S.H. Certificate in Entrepreneurship and an 18 S.H. Minor are offered. YSU students of all majors may pursue both the Certificate and the Minor and learn how to transform their idea, product or service into a new business.

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