University Innovation Fellow Shelby Williams, a nursing student, in the iMakerSpace.

There is an energy coming from recent efforts to enhance something that has been a part of Tech from the beginning: we are a university of makers. The College of Business is the home of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship program, which exists to empower students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community to create a brighter future for themselves. Here is a rapid rundown of some of Tech’s I&E efforts.

Eagle Works is a process and competition to showcase students’ innovative business ideas. Students form teams focused around a business idea, develop their idea and pitch it to a panel of judges.

Academic Programs include an Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate (available to all majors), the National Science Foundation I-Corps, Experiential Learning in Entrepreneurship, and a Governor’s School for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for rising high school seniors.

The University Innovation Fellows are a global coalition of university students dedicated to spreading I&E on college campuses. Tech is home to 10 of the 600 University Innovation Fellows. Each member of this elite group completes specialized training and implements campus-wide events to create a I&E culture at Tech.

The iMakerSpace, developed by the College of Engineering and the College of Business, provides an interactive and collaborative space for students and faculty to use in pursuit of I&E projects. The space provides a wide variety of resources and technologies that can be used in fabricating prototypes.

More details about Tech’s I&E initiative can be found at tntech.edu/innovation.

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