When innovative solutions solve real problems to improve people’s lives, blessings abound. Innovation & Entrepreneurship are reflective of God’s redemptive pattern, that is, to restore order where there is chaos in the world. Students will explore how ingenuity and imagination can be applied to their current studies to meet the pain points they encounter with sustainable solutions.
The Innovation & Entrepreneurship minor/certificate allows students from any major to learn the tools and processes for turning their innovations into value-add solutions. You will be equipped to recognize opportunities, think outside the box, initiate risks, accept failure as part of the growth process, and appreciate the correlation between hard work and success. Our guiding goal is to prepare you to solve problems with excellence and integrity for Kingdom.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship courses will guide you through the best theoretical and empirical practices for starting profit or nonprofit companies and growing them to be successful. You will conduct feasibility studies and build business plans for investors or contributors and incorporate strategies into business models that mirror successful entrepreneur campaigns. Our hands-on professors will help you negotiate with partners and investors and expand your network of connections for building a successful business.
The Center contributes to developing students into servant-leaders by helping them to discover ways to lead more creatively, who are comfortable with taking risks because they depend on God, and to love on people with new solutions to the economic, social, environmental and spiritual problems of a world in need. The mission of the Center is to train, mentor, and equip Kingdom innovators for a lifetime of creative flourishing.
"College is the perfect time to just go after something because you really don’t have much to lose. Just try something—who knows what it could eventually be? It might be a business. With prayer and reliance on God, you have no idea how it could unfold. I’m so glad I did."
"Taylor University Entrepreneurship does an amazing job readying students to go out and make an impact in the business world for the Kingdom! Experiences like the Business As Missions training, we received gave me a heart for developing and using for-profit business to make disciples and bring value to a world in need of Christ."
"Taylor provided me the opportunity to go to Costa Rica during my Junior year J-Term for ENT 381 Global Entrepreneurship and BAM. The 3 weeks spent in the mountains of Costa Rica opened my eyes to how I was limiting God while teaching me how we can use Business as Mission (BAM). No matter what your idea may be, if God has put something on your heart that you want to do, can do, and it doesn't go against scripture, try it! You never know how He will use you to further His kingdom. After all, giving encompasses our time, talents, and treasures, right?"
"The entrepreneurship classes at Taylor University, like New Venture Planning, have trained me to strategize different ways to solve problems from multiple perspectives. My participation in the innovation and entrepreneurship program has given me special opportunities to participate in the Shark Tank competition, unique internships, field trips to interact with problem-solving innovators, and gain a network of entrepreneurs from the Indianapolis area."
"The Business as Mission seminar has been the most impactful academic experience I have had as a Taylor business student. It has helped me bridge the gap between the perceived secular nature of business and the reality that business is a valuable resource for Kingdom impact."
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship curriculum emphasizes real-world, hands-on experiences where we truly learn by doing.
Every student starts a business using lean start-up methodology. This exercise might lead into a Shark Tank entry and perhaps even a real start-up opportunity.
Student teams work through the ideation and design processes to deliver a potential business concept by the end of the semester.
Students participate in Cash and Burn, a 12-day rapid start-up where the only metric is income generation, as well as a business planning project on concepts generated by the class.
Students of all majors are welcome to add this minor or certificate to their academic pursuits.
Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog.
A Taylor liberal arts education will prepare you to live and work in a fast-changing world. It also goes a step further: laying a strong spiritual foundation that cultivates wisdom. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God’s creation.