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Students listen as Angelina Lawton, founder and CEO of Sportsdigita, speaks to a crowd on October 16, 2018 as a part of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship's "Women Entrepreneurship Week".

Build Your Creative Confidence

Freshman Innovation Immersion

Fire Up Your Innovation Engines

Prepare to think like an entrepreneur in the Freshman Innovation Immersion. Students of all majors and interests come together in this fun, intensive workshop, which takes place before the academic year officially begins.

You’ll work with a team of fellow freshman to create a business concept, learn the basic principles of entrepreneurship, and get to know Schulze School faculty, staff and student club leaders. Learn critical thinking, ideation, improvisation, creativity, business modeling and more. At the end of the second day, you and your team of freshmen will present concepts to business leaders, with the opportunity to win prizes. This two-day intensive experience is a great way to prepare to dive into your first semester of classes and start building bonds with your classmates.

experienced mentors guide your experience
Materials lay out while Freshmen brainstorm ideas during an Opus College of Business "freshman innovation immersion" session August 28, 2018.


Day 1: Your Innovation Superpower

On the first day of the Immersion, we keep it light and fun. You’ll get to meet other incoming freshmen and take a dive into improvisation with Brave New Workshop. In this interactive session, you’ll learn proven techniques to expand your thinking, collaborate with fellow students and get into an innovative mindset. Be prepared to meet others, in a fun, unique way, that’s perfect for introverts, extroverts, analytical thinkers, creatives and anyone in between!

Freshmen present their business concepts to judges, who would then cast their votes to select a winner during an Opus College of Business "freshman innovation immersion" session August 29, 2018.


Day 2: Solve a Problem, from Start to Finish

On the second day, we’ll put you in teams and pair you with mentors—successful local entrepreneurs. Your team’s mentor will provide support and guidance as you create a business model, craft pitches and assemble poster boards. The top five teams will present to a panel of judges, which will choose the winning concept.

“It’s been a great way to get your foot in the door to entrepreneurship, to have a great time meeting new people and to come up with ideas.”

Olivia Tracy, Innovation Immersion Student