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Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity

About the Center

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a key element in the Earlham Program for an Integrative Curriculum (EPIC). As part of EPIC, the Center enables students to optimize their 21st-century Earlham education through the lens of social entrepreneurship—with a driving focus on social entrepreneurship—and innovation. Building upon Earlham’s deep and longstanding commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship, innovative teaching and learning, and transformative social action, 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 Global 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 Collaborations

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

The center offers:

Opportunities for Students

  • Each One Bring One Initiative — This initiative offers current Earlham students the chance to share their Earlham Story with peers at their alma mater high school and help these new potential students discover Earlham. For more information please contact Gene Hambrick, Senior Executive Director for Center Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity, Executive in
  • High impact collaborative research opportunities among students and between students and faculty.
  • Co-curricular activities, including Earlham's chapter of Net Impact and workshops such as “Launching a Social Enterprise,” “Scaling and Measuring Social Impact,” and the “Earlham-Fullbridge 6-Day Business Bootcamp.” Learn More →
  • The Earlham Prize for Creative Capitalism — The Business Plan Competition for Social Entrepreneurship. Learn More →
  • The Earlham EPIC Grand Challenge — The Social and Economic Impact Challenge. 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.


  • Earlhamites win $1M Hult Prize to meet Clinton's Urban Spaces Challenge. Learn More →
  • Methane Hub's waste-to-energy solution for Haiti takes first place at Earlham competition. Learn More →
  • NadaBot is a chatbot application created by Earlham College students suited to improve the way students and faculty utilize their resources and exchange goods/services. Learn More →
  • Harvest's system to track sustainable purchasing placed in the top six at the regional competition for the 2020 Hult Prize.  Learn More →

Opportunities for Faculty

  • Collaborating with students on research projects and real-world social entrepreneurship initiatives. 
  • Engaging with colleagues from across the College and with visiting experts in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Opportuntities for Alumni

  • Serving as a mentors for current students.
  • Providing an internships for Earlham students.
  • Networking with Earlham students, faculty and staff.

Individuals, corporate sponsors and foundations who financially support the mission and value propositions of the Center also support Earlham College as a whole, helping ensure that the Center remains a distinctive asset of Earlham

Selected Current Donors:

  • Lilly Endowment Inc.
  • Max and Anna Levinson Foundation
  • Freeman Foundation
  • Blue Buffalo
  • Economic Growth Group

Opportunities for Profit and Nonprofit Partners

  • Collaborating with Earlham students and faculty who excel in areas of study and research that can benefit the organization. Learn more about STARTedUP Foundation →
  • Recruiting Earlham students to join the organization through internships, externships and permanent employment.
  • Enhancing the organization’s image by collaborating with one of the leading liberal arts colleges, with global recognition in the United States.
  • Reducing organizational costs in the areas of research and recruiting, and improving the organization’s return on investment.

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News and Events

Earlham EPIC Grand Challenge — Winner Announced!

On Saturday, April 26th, the student team Gateway Restoration and Foundation received first place in the final round of the 2020 Earlham EPIC Grand Challenge. Gateway Restoration and Foundation took home $10,000 to further their project, which works towards providing affordable home renovation and lawn care to improve quality of life and property values within Wayne County, Indiana. The managing team includes Nathan Mynatt (Global Management, EC ’20), Austin Green (Global Management, EC ’20), Marc Gendreau (Global Management, EC ’21), Brian Pincura (Global Management, EC ’21), and Kayla Newman (Global Management, EC ’22). The team's project truly embodies this year’s theme of the Earlham EPIC Grand Challenge by working to improve the lives of 25,000 Wayne County residents by the year 2025. The Earlham EPIC Grand Challenge was made possible by and in collaborating with the Wayne County Foundation.

Earlham EPIC Grand Challenge 2020 — Our Social and Economic Impact Challenge

The Earlham EPIC Grand Challenge in partnership with Forward Wayne County is a new initiative with a focus on helping solve issues within Wayne County, Indiana. This year we challenged students to play an active role in strengthening our community through the power of integrative collaboration to improve the quality of life for 25,000 citizens in Wayne County, Indiana by 2025. Learn More →

Hult Prize Competition 2020 - On-campus Competition Winners Announced!

The campus competition round have concluded for the Hult Prize 2020, the worlds largest student competition for social good! The challenge for each team involved is to "build bold businesses that (1) have a positive net impact on the environment with every sale completed, dollar earned, and decision made and (2) reach no fewer than a million consumers within a decade." Each team that competes has the chance of winning $1 million in start-up capital to launch their world-changing social venture.On Thursday, December 5th, 2019 team Harvest (Justin DeGraff ’23, Ruslan Dominic ´23, Austin Burt ´22, and Charles Ces ´20) won the on-campus round and will go on to represent Earlham at the regional level competition. Each team that competes has the chance of winning $1 million in start-up capital to launch their world-changing social venture. PowerPoint →

Final Placements of the Earlham EPIC Grand Challenge (2020)

  • 1st Place: Gateway Restoration
  • 2nd Place: Main Street Music
  • 3rd Place: Wayne Tech+
  • 4th Place: Rising Wayne

TEDEx Public Speaking Micro-Credential

TEDx at Earlham College in collaboration with Net Impact at Earlham is hosting a Public Speaking Micro-Credential in November. Now, what do we mean when we say "micro-credential"? A small, hands-on workshop to help students cultivate skills in a specific area related to TEDx preparation. The speaker Jyarland Daniels - Founder of Harriet Speaks will address keeping the audience's attention, being engaging, and making long and "hard" conversations palpable.

For More Information

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

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