Corporate Entrepreneurship

Dan Williamson meets with ESP faculty and staff
 Entrepreneurship classroom setting
Student writing on post-it notes in class
 Startup Weekend participant group photo
 Post-it notes on a whiteboard

Corporate entrepreneurship, also known as “corporate venturing” or “intrapreneurship,” is the act of initiating new ventures within an already-established business or organization. Housed in a nationally-ranked undergraduate business school, the Institute for Entrepreneurship provides students with the opportunity to research, consult and create with several Fortune 500 companies in the Greater Cincinnati Region and beyond, including: Kroger, Procter and Gamble, Sears Optical (a division of Luxxotica), 84.51, Cohen, Pearson, ConAgra Foods and Fifth Third Bank. Through “Project High Flight,” a built-in partnership with Miami’s College of Engineering and Computing, Entrepreneurship students can also gain valuable experience in commercializing new aviation technologies.

Here’s what some of the corporate clients had to say about their collaborative experience with the Institute’s students:

“Our client-consultant relationship with the students in the Entrepreneurship Program at Miami University was akin to those of professional (consulting) agencies. Each group had great curiosity about our business and industry. They formulated a strategy of learning our business and delighted us with their research and intelligent questions throughout the process…Their final presentations left us with several new ideas which we will be testing as growth drivers." – Senior Vice President/Manager, Sears Optical (Luxxotica)

"Students from the Institute for Entrepreneurship completed a project on a very broad and complicated topic for us at 84.51. Consistently throughout the semester, I was impressed with the level of dedication and insight the students brought to the table while exhibiting the courage to have a point of view on how the insights should be actioned. We look forward to taking their recommendations forward with our own clients.” - Director of Solutions Consulting, 84.51