The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) is a multi-disciplinary, cross-campus initiative that aims to support students, faculty, and staff in their endeavors to launch new businesses. The IIE does this through a series of academic and co-curricular programs. Please visit academic programs for more information.


Big Idea Competition

Each fall, the BIC gives both undergraduate and graduate students from every school on campus the opportunity to develop and present their business ideas while competing for cash and scholarship prizes.

Blackstone LaunchPad

Campus-based global entrepreneurship program designed to support and mentor students, staff, and alumni – regardless of major, experience or discipline.

Comet X

Formerly known as the “Comet Accelerator,” Comet X is ten-week, experiential program that pulls faculty, staff, and current students into an environment that incubates ideas and engages prospective customers in preparation for the launch of a new business concept.

Girls Going Places Conference

Designed for middle school girls who are interested in entrepreneurship.

Spring Quick Pitch Competition

The Quick Pitch Competition is held in the Spring and brings creative business ideas out! Students teams are asked to submit a business concept and prepare a 3-minute presentation using only one slide that describes the problem in the market, how their business solves it, what key value their solution brings, and the estimated size of the market.

Student Startup Internship Fair

The Student Startup Internship Fair features local startup companies looking for interns to fill various positions to help their startup grow. Undergraduate and graduate students of all majors are welcome to attend.