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Creativity & Leadership: Entrepreneurship at Oberlin is a multidisciplinary 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.

Oberlin’s approach to entrepreneurship derives from the synergy between the liberal arts and preprofessional training. Through experiential learning, cocurricular activities, and expert coaching, students are challenged to hone their intellectual and artistic passions. They design and launch new ventures—broadly defined—to tackle the questions, challenges, and opportunities of the 21st century. The program emphasizes creativity, leadership, and innovation as attributes at the core of successful ventures in any field.

Open to all Oberlin students and student organizations, Creativity & Leadership offers academic courses, funding for project development, guest lectures, and experiential learning opportunities—culminating in LaunchU, Oberlin’s annual startup accelerator, boot camp, and pitch competition.

Creativity & Leadership engages a diverse group of constituents, including students, alumni in a variety of fields, friends of the college, and faculty and staff across departments to contribute to the practice and understanding of entrepreneurship. Contact us at creativity@oberlin.edu to see how you can get involved.

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