Having a great idea is one thing. Bringing it to life—and into the world—is a whole other story. That’s why we mounted a $20 million initiative to support innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial thinking among all our students—in every discipline, across all campuses.
Called Innovate@BU, the goal is to instill in students a keen understanding of business challenges, cultural engagement, and social enterprise so that, no matter their field of study, they graduate knowing what it takes to convert an idea into something concrete. And that often takes asking the right questions, forming teams and partnerships, networking, researching, pitching, making mistakes, managing risk and failure, and persevering.
Not tethered to a single school or college, the initiative is designed to draw students, and ideas, from across the University. Gerald Fine, an engineering professor who has launched six successful start-ups and helped create BU’s Engineering Product Innovation Center, is heading up the effort. The program will build on, and make more visible, BU’s numerous innovation-infused courses, entrepreneurial opportunities, and maker spaces.
“Regardless of the path our students choose, these innovation skills will help position them for more fulfilling and meaningful careers.”
Anchoring the Innovate@BU program is the new 6,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, which serves as the focal point of student engagement and is staffed in a way that supports curriculum diversity while engaging the entire BU community.
One of the cornerstones of Innovate@BU is leveraging the world just outside our doors. Boston is an invaluable resource for our students to tap. Long a hotbed of innovation, Boston offers leadership and opportunity in virtually every field—from the arts to finance, high tech to communication. We’ll help students engage with companies, nonprofits, and the public sector in the city and beyond to solve real problems through cultural, business, and social entrepreneurship.
“Regardless of the path our students choose, these innovation skills will help position them for more fulfilling and meaningful careers,” says Fine.