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Rebranding Innovation. 

Project Pitch Videos:

Fall 2018: 

Spring 2018:

Fall 2015:

Project One: Create

Tactic 1: Makerspace

Creating an innovation space on campus will provide students with the tools they need to implement the many ideas they have.  Allowing students to learn by doing will be a valuable asset to encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship on campus.  An innovation space enables students from all disciplines to learn to think creatively.  There are a vast amount of different activities that can be held in such a space.  This will be a space that the university can advertise in order to attract more prospective students.  All in all, an innovation space is a key factor in the pursuit of improving the culture of entrepreneurship and innovation throughout campus.

Tactic 2: Rebrand & Expose

The need to rebrand the University's Leadership, Entreprenurship, and Innovation efforts is a must if we want to excite and energize the student body with the opportunities available. This tactic will include a modern, simplistic logo and branding solution to represent the maker space and the opportunities within it.

Tactic 3: Makerspace Workshops

With carefully established protocol, we can offer MakerSpace workshops where students are welcome to observe, learn, and interact with the space with a knowledgeable guide. They can recieve beginner tutorials on the proper use of equipment, as well as a variety of other intellectual resources that will enhance their ability to be more innovative. These workshops can be once a month and cater to a certain theme, in which will open up another opportunity for us to bring in experienced innovators/creators from the local community.

Tactic 4: Increase awareness While there are a few different options for innovation on campus, most students are not aware of the opportunities especially in the engineering school as most opportunities are provided my the business school. However, slowly both schools are becoming more innovative and interactive with each other. These opportunities are slowly becoming more available to all students as engineers and business majors alike are joining them and spreading the word of these programs

Project Two: Pursue

Tactic 1: 3 Day Startup

3DS will bring students through the beginning steps of launching a company or project through innovation on campus.  This is an event that will allow students to learn by doing.  3DS teaches entrepreneurship skills such as ideation, customer discovery and venture pitching.  This would be a beneficial event for students interested in E&I.

Tactic 2: Multidisciplinary Hackathon

Hosting a hackathon on campus that invites students from all majors to join together to “hack” out an idea will expose students to innovation and entrepreneurship on campus.  Students are constantly developing venture ideas and an event like this would allow them to gather a multidisciplinary team and work together to accomplish a goal.

Project Three: Motivate

Tactic 1: Bring Entrepreneurial Speakers to campus

Every year we have a Bauccio Lecture and bring in a speaker, but we should bring more speakers in throughout the year.  Having a monthly speaker will motivate students to pursue their ideas, and show that anything is possible.

Tactic 2: Host a TEDx event on campus

Hosting a TEDx event on campus, focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, can inspire the university into initiating a movement.  TEDx events are known for their motivational speakers and talks, and an event like this on campus has the potential to attract a large amount of students and faculty.

Tactic 3: Start Up Award

Having an award that is given every year at the university will help motivate students to create meaningful ventures throughout the year.  This will give students something to work towards while working on their ventures and promote entrepreneurship and innovation on campus.  Instead of giving the startup a large cash prize every year, we can give them an award of value, not just money.

Project Four: Teach

Tactic 1: Weekend Workshop

Creating a weekend workshop on campus to teach students about problem solving through Design Thinking. Through this workshop, students will be exposed to empathy, interdisciplinary teamwork and resources our campus has. Students will be challenged to identify a problem (possibly at the school) and work together so propose a solution. At the end of the workshop, students will have the opportunity to continue to pursue the solution they defined, and may be awarded a financial prize to do so.

Tactic 2: Freshman Workshop

Revamp of the existing Freshman Workshop requirement to incorporate a curriculum for problem solving with Design Thinking (DT). The workshop will be interdisciplinary (versus one major), help students identify the things they are interested in, become acquainted with campus resources, work with others, and learn and practice DT to solve a "passion problem." This will allow students to define their goals for their education, expanding their ambitions and creativity to shape the rest of their college career.

Tactic 3: Solving the World's Problems Class

Expand the work done in Freshman Workshop to a core class for credit. In this class, students will continue to be taught and challenged to solve problems for others, using their skills and passions. Curriculum will include Design Thinking, inspiration through speakers, interactive challenges, and projects.

Project Five: Incentivize

Tactic 1: Student-led investment fund

Starting an investment fund led by students will give students to identify and student startups within the community.  Having an investment fund run by and for students will provide capital for student-led startups and allow access to the mentoring of local entrepreneurs.  This will also expose students to the Portland startup community.  Raising capital while you’re still attending school is very difficult, and has the potential to deter students from pursuing their ventures.  Therefore, a student-led investment fund has the potential to be a valuable program at the University of Portland

Tactic 2: Increase funding

Speak with the office of development and Provost in order to discuss funding options from the community in order to fund the maker-space further and encourage innovation on campus.

Project Five: Collaborate

Tactic 1

"Discuss with the Business and Engineering schools in order to incorporate some basic business classes into the engineering core curriculum so that the students are more well rounded and able to create a venture."

Tactic 2

Build interdiciplinary programs and curriculum which will give students an opportunity to work with a diverse team to solve problems big and small. Such as engineering, business, and communications students collaborating on creating an improved University of Portland phone app that combines all of the necessary student platforms in one.

Project Six: Incorporate

Tactic 1: Career Focused Education

"Incorporate internships into schooling so that students are better prepared for the real world after college.

Tactic 2:

Talk with the office of development about relationship with local companies.

Tactic 3:

Speak with engineering and business post graduation centers in order to see how students could incorporate these internships or jobs to make it easier for students to get jobs.

Project Seven: Community

"Believe in the community beyond the University of Portland campus and increase the number of First-Generation, low income, and students of color in STEM"

Tactic 1:

Speak to the STEM Outreach and Development office about high schools in need to find a target school.

Tactic 2:

Find the specific need that needs to be fulfilled by the UP in order to increase the impact on the target school. Then, find the faculty support needed to make the project happen.


Fall 2018: Aracely Mejia Kendra Harvey 

Spring 2018: Kay Devin Ajimine Chadler Iriarte Raeziel Casas Julia Kimoto Pouya Rad Brandon Wester Kyler Schuman
Spring 2017: Jeremy Revlock Jean Paul Mugisha Alec Kauffman Elizabeth Rowe Kevin Bastien Fellow Taylor Hendricks Fellow Cole Preece Ryan Cebula Katie Heitkemper [[Category:Student Priorities|Student_Priorities]]