Identifying consumer, community or market needs is one thing ... assessing and addressing those needs with innovative solutions is another. Lawrence's I&E program will teach you how to do both.

If you’re interested in developing innovative solutions to real problems—and bringing those solutions to the marketplace—this program will help you build critical skills including: analyzing consumer, community or market needs; creating business plans; reconciling conflicting goals; prioritizing and organizing work; pitching ideas; working well on multidisciplinary teams; collaborating and communicating with outside boards and advisors.

This interdisciplinary area is a powerful addition to any major at Lawrence for students who wish to go into the businesses often associated with those majors.

Life After Lawrence

Lawrentians can enjoy careers in...

Business, finance, marketing, strategy and operations consulting, international sales and management, e-commerce, government relations

Recent employers include...

McKinsey & Company, Priority Group of Stockholm, Drone Hub Media, BCD Video, Kimberly-Clark, Zurich North America, the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, Innovation Pavilion, Integral Wealth, Hellermann Tyton, Navigant Consulting, Walt Disney World

Lawrentians can earn advanced degrees in...

Economics, business administration (MBA), public policy, international development

Recent schools include...

Columbia University, Hanken School of Economics/Finland, London School of Economics



Strengthen your financial literacy

The foundational course in the I&E curriculum focuses on: financial analysis, financial forecasting, operating and financial leverage, working capital and financing decisions, current asset management, and sources of short-term financing. Guest experts bring valuable perspective—and networking opportunities—to the course.


Compete in "The Pitch" against other colleges

With “Launch LU,” Lawrence’s annual pitch contest, you and your team of fellow students conceive new ideas and to pitch them to local business leaders, venture capitalists and accomplished alumni. Winning teams move on to intercollegiate competitions—and Lawrentians have received $10,000 in seed money plus $15,000 in professional services to launch their own ventures.


Blend a liberal arts major with business thinking

By taking courses such as financial literacy, corporate finance, industrial organization, quantitative decision-making and/or decision theory, you can add an innovative, entrepreneurial skillset to any major at Lawrence in the humanities, life sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, or visual & performing arts.


Develop the skills and habits employers seek

Not only will you develop important quantitative, collaborative, organizational, and communication skills, you will also learn how to articulate them into a meaningful and relevant portfolio to present to employers, graduate schools—or investors.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Courses

In Pursuit of Innovation

Financial Literacy

Entrepreneurship Ventures
  • Two courses from a list of options, including:
  • Social Entrepreneurship; Topics in Finance; Industrial Organization; Systems Analysis and Design; Apple, Google, Facebook
A practicum, internship, or other student venture such as Start-up Theater; the Rabbit [pop-up] Art Gallery; KidsGive; participation in ACM Chicago Program with a focus on entrepreneurship

Course descriptions and more courses

The Chandler Senior Experience

More about Innovation & Entrepreneurship Senior Experience available in the Course Catalog.

Recent Senior Experiences include:


Trade Adjustment Act: The Real Cost of Retraining America's Manufacturers

Quantitative Methods in Antitrust: U.S. Airline Market

Reinvesting in the Social, Economic and Health Benefits of the Conservation Corps


Neocolonialism Versus Strategic Partnerships of Countries

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Risk: Germany vs. the United States



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