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Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

About the Center

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a key element in the integrative education at Earlham College (EPIC).  The Center builds upon Earlham’s deep and longstanding commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship, innovative teaching, learning and transformative social action through a focus on entrepreneurship (with a driving focus on social entrepreneurship) and innovation. Through EPIC, the Center facilitates students optimizing their 21st century Earlham education through the lens of social entrepreneurship and innovation.  The work of the Center supports Earlham’s mission to “educate morally sensitive leaders for future generations.”

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Our Purpose
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For students, faculty and community partners, the Center is a high impact and high visibility program that helps students move their passions, ideas and ideals from theory to practice. Collaborative learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom provide a cohesive and coherent education experience to help students prepare for a rewarding and meaningful career.

Interdisciplinary Connections

While closely aligned with the Earlham Business and Nonprofit Management program, the Center is a bold and visionary initiative that involves students and faculty from all of the College’s disciplines and majors. The Center facilitates connecting curricular and co-curricular activities through courses, workshops, clubs and internships.

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Integrative Collaboration

The Center provides a platform for internal and external integrative collaboration.

The center offers:

  • High impact collaborative research opportunities between students to students and students to faculty.  Learn More →
  • Co-curricular activities like workshops such as “Launching a Social Enterprise,” “Scaling and Measuring Social Impact,” to the “Earlham/Fullbridge 6-Day Business Bootcamp.”
  • The Earlham Prize for Creative Capitalism — The Business Plan Competition for Social Entrepreneurship. Learn More →
  • Exceptional global learning opportunities, including off-campus learning opportunities through the Center for Global Education and internships through the Center for Career and Community Engagement.
  • Access to career coaches and alumni mentors, through the Center for Career and Community Engagement.

The center facilitates opportunities for student-faculty collaboration on research projects and real-world social entrepreneurship initiatives.

  • To collaborate with students on research projects or engagement activities.
  • To engage with colleagues from across the College and with visiting experts in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation.

The Center facilitates opportunities for alumni to:

  • Serve as a mentor for current students.
  • Provide an internship to an Earlham student.
  • Network with Earlham students, faculty and staff.

The Center provides opportunities for individuals, corporate sponsors and foundations to provide financial support to ensure that Earlham, in general, and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation remain distinctly Earlham and to support the mission and value proposition of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Current donors include:

  • Lilly Endowment
  • Levinson Foundation
  • Freeman Foundation

The Center is a focal point for profit and nonprofit organizations to partner with the Center to:

  • Collaborate with Earlham students and faculty who excel in areas of study and research that can benefit the organization.
  • Recruit Earlham students to join your organization through internships, externships and permanent employment.
  • Enhance the organization’s image by collaborating with one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the United States, with global recognition.
  • Reduce organizational costs in the areas of research and recruiting, and improving the organization’s return on investment.

We are currently working with:

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News and Events


Cameo Round Winners Announced

The teams of “Know Hunger, Know More” and “Methane Hub” tied for first place in the Cameo Round of The Earlham Prize for Creative Capitalism — The Business Plan Competition for Social Entrepreneurship on February 11. The top five teams in the Cameo Round each won a prize of $1,000.

The final round will take place on Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Goddard Auditorium in Carpenter Hall on the Earlham College campus.

Below is a video of the Cameo Round presentations by “Know Hunger, Know More” and “Methane Hub.”

In the Earlham Prize for Creative Capitalism, teams of up to five students hone their business skills from their business ideas and elevator pitches to develop business plans to launch their social entrepreneurship endeavors. The competition will award more than $40,000 in seed capital with the grand-prize winner receiving $20,000 to help start its endeavor.
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Magic Bus Captures $1 Million Hult Prize

A team of Earlham College students was awarded $1 million in start-up capital after winning the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for social good. President Bill Clinton personally awarded Earlham’s team with the prize in New York City in September.
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For More Information

For further information regarding the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, please contact Gene Hambrick, Director Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Executive in Residence, or 765-983-1356.