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Learn how to change the world.

Winter and Spring ’19 Programs

LaunchU Final Pitch Competition

March 8, 2019
4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Birenbaum
Final Round Details
Watch on Facebook Live

Design for America Kickoff Workshop

March 2, 2019
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Wilder Main

LaunchU First Round Competition

February 23, 2019
Noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Birenbaum
First Round Results

Entrepreneurship at Oberlin

Entrepreneurism enables Oberlin students looking to leverage their rigorous, diverse, and in-depth Oberlin education to solve problems, mobilize change, innovate solutions, create jobs, heal the planet, help people, lead new initiatives, increase knowledge, leverage community assets, or drive sustainable solutions (to name a few). Through experiential learning, co-curricular activities, and expert coaching, students are challenged to hone their intellectual and artistic passions.

Open to all Oberlin students and student organizations, the Center for Innovation & Impact offers academic courses, project funding, guest lectures and experiential learning opportunities in addition to the LaunchU Bootcamp and Pitch Competition which is open to anyone in the Oberlin community (student, faculty, staff, alumni, or parent).

The center connects students with a diverse group of constituents including alumni in a variety of fields, friends of the college and local specialists in areas of innovation and business. Additionally, it works to build cross-faculty and cross-department programs where entrepreneurial skills or practices might enhance the educational experience.

What are entrepreneurial skills?

  • Empathy-focused problem identification
  • Innovative ideation
  • Evidence-based primary research
  • Focused secondary research
  • Strategic lean-based solutions
  • Risk mitigation
  • Effective team development, management, and leadership
  • Skilled financial projections and project management
  • Purposeful networking and mentorship

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