Big ideas require big plans.

Pursue your passion and turn thoughts into action with the support of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship program.  Learn the ins and outs of starting a business and learn from entrepreneurs in many fields. Combine the powerful hands-on lessons you learn with focused opportunities in nonprofit management, arts entrepreneurship, and more.  You’ll also get real world opportunities to shine your light.

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Student Perspective

"I'm grateful to Lawrence University for their collaboration with one of the world's most prestigious institutions, Harvard Business School. It's incredible to see how this partnership opens doors for students like me to gain transformative experiences."

Cristian Tallarico ‘26
Economics, Data Science (Harvard CORe program)
Muri, Aargau, Switzerland


The Pitch | This is Lawrence

Students in Lawrence’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship program collaborate across disciplines to develop and pitch revolutionary new ideas.

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This course introduces students to important concepts used in consulting, as well as to the methods and techniques used by professional consultants.

Discover courses and experiences that help you meet your goals.

Find your favorite hands-on experience on or off campus.

Learn from their diverse backgrounds and interests.

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Throw out The Pitch

Bring your best idea to LaunchLU and pitch it to business leaders, investors, and alumni for a chance to kickstart your plans with seed money as prizes.

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Explore the world of social entrepreneurship and nonprofit outreach through KidsGive, Lawrence’s model nonprofit that promotes global education in Sierra Leone.

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Learn from Entrepreneurs

I&E frequently invites entrepreneurs to share insights on their careers and building an entrepreneurial life. Some recent speakers and topics include:

  • Tony Vernon '80 
  • Jill Enos - building an entrepreneurial life
  • Dr. Richard Fessler '74 - medical entrepreneurship with emphasis on intellectual property
  • Toni Sikes - entrepreneurship in arts 

The Chandler Senior Experience

You will work closely with the innovation and entrepreneurship faculty to develop your Senior Experience in an interdisciplinary manner with your major. 

Recent Senior Experience projects include:

  • Theatre Education in Appleton, Jamaica, and Sierra Leone
  • Reinvesting in the Social, Economic and Health Benefits of the Conservation Corps
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Spotlight on Start-ups

Combine your talents and explore the business of theater and music through Startup Theatre and the Entrepreneurial Musician programs.

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Showstopping Showcase

Make your mark on Rabbit Gallery by planning and executing a pop-up art gallery featuring student works in a storefront in downtown Appleton.

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Innovation & Entrepreneurship Outcomes

Igniting your innovative spirit and putting plans behind your passions opens many doors to advanced study and future careers.

Can you picture yourself at Lawrence? Apply for admission.

The best way to find out if Lawrence is the university for you is by visiting.

Your virtual tour starts at the Arch but be sure to check out Briggs Hall, to explore business and entrepreneurship learning spaces.