Epicenter Labs showcases our hands-on work with institutions across the country. We are working to lead and accelerate successful entrepreneurship programs and impact the education of undergraduate engineers through projects and partnerships.

Epicenter Retreat Projects

At the first Epicenter Retreat in Fall 2012, 73 participants from 42 schools and organizations took part in an “unconference.” During the retreat, these faculty and industry experts formulated projects and created teams with the goal of infusing entrepreneurship and innovation into undergraduate engineering education. At the end of the conference, 10 multi-institutional team projects were presented. Of these teams, and others that resulted from the retreat, 9 were provided with funding from Epicenter and NCIIA to continue their projects.








Student Ambassadors Program

The Epicenter is teaming up with NCIIA to provide new opportunities for students across the country, as part of the Student Ambassadors program. Student ambassadors catalyze innovation on their home campuses, by holding events and creating networks that inspire and foster student entrepreneurship. Student ambassadors also educate and encourage peers to become involved in additional program offerings from the Epicenter and NCIIA.


Living-Learning Program (LLP) Survey

The first National Survey on Entrepreneurship and Innovation Living-Learning Programs (LLPs) is currently being conducted by the University of Maryland, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Epicenter. Through February 2013, we will gather and analyze information on entrepreneurship and innovation themed LLPs, including details on recruitment, operations, programming, and more. The survey is intended for administrators of entrepreneurship and innovation themed LLPs who are interested in sharing knowledge with similar programs. Additionally, the survey will gather data about the opportunities and challenges facing institutions intending to start LLPs. We hope to encourage communication between programs and to foster an environment where we can learn and grow together as a community.

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