Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Dream Big & Make Connections

A one-of-a-kind academic experience, the Innovation & Entrepreneurship community guides students to develop their innovative and entrepreneurial capacities and understand how to apply these skills to creative problem-solving exercises. The goal is to help students understand their strengths and weaknesses as innovators. Students discover their passions as an "idea" person (coming up with innovative ideas) or a realizer (executing on ideas) through team-based projects. The program prepares students to embrace new product development methodologies to ultimately develop market feasible commercial and non-profit "products" and business models using human-centered design and lean start up methodology 

Students in this LLC interact with peers who share a similar innovative drive, entrepreneurial ambition, and a desire to tackle problems that apply to today's society and the future. The inter-disciplinary community consists of students from all backgrounds and majors, and this becomes an asset as students share ideas, discuss options, and work in teams to problem-solve challenging situations and develop innovative solutions.

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LLC Breakdown

Students who participate in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship LLC will: 

  • Enroll in one 2-credit seminar for the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.  
  • Live with 22 similarly interested students in Centennial Halls and have access to specially crafted events to learn and build community including retreats, speakers, dinners, and student-led events  
  • Receive support from an LLC staff program coordinator who provides day to day and quarter to quarter co-curricular programming and support including retreats, dinners, speakers and active learning excursions 
  • Learn from and work with Dr. Michael Caston  

Class Topics: Design Thinking, Consumer Insights, Product Development 

Examples of Programming: Innovation lab workshops, Denver Startup Week, Arduino projects, engagement with local businesses 

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Dr. Michael Caston

Faculty Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship LLC 

Associate Professor of the Practice in Innovation & Product Design & Development, Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science 

Executive Director of the Innovation Floor, Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science

Betty Hamilton

Program Coordinator, Innovation & Entrepreneurship LLC