CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland State University has received a $1 million gift from Weston Inc. to create the Weston Ideation Lab, an interdisciplinary laboratory designed to encourage creative thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship. Located within the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Monte Ahuja College of Business, the lab will help students explore entrepreneurship through coursework, workshops, a speaker series and additional learning opportunities, the university said in a news release.

Aspiring entrepreneurs will receive help in gaining access to business mentors, prototyping services, legal and patent advice and business plan development. “Cleveland has a rich history of innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit,” James Asher, CEO of Weston Inc., a privately held industrial property developers, said in the release.

“Cleveland State University is the ideal location to establish a space where entrepreneurs can learn, ideate, launch and grow because of its location and philosophy of experiential learning.” CSU President Ronald Berkman said the lab will “foster entrepreneurial ambitions and fuse fields like computer science, design, engineering and business to develop new products and services.”

The lab will augment the range of programs in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, including an interdisciplinary entrepreneurship curriculum featuring internship opportunities, the Startup Vikes business development competition and the Small Business Development Center, which provides business-planning support and market analysis for new startups.
“Faculty, business mentors, startup counselors and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence will help students develop customer-centered, market-relevant ideas, as well as provide connections to the broader Cleveland startup ecosystem,” Sanjay Putrevu, dean of the Monte Ahuja College of Business, said in the release. Read more from…

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