School:Howard University

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Howard University is a federally chartered, privatecoeducationalnonsectarianhistorically black university located in Washington, D.C.United States. It has a Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education status of RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity).

From its outset it has been nonsectarian and open to people of both sexes and all races. In addition to the undergraduate program, Howard has graduate schools of business, pharmacy, law, social work, medicine, dentistry and divinity.

Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Student Organizations on Campus

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders-Howard University is a student chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA. It was founded in spring 2007. Since its establishment, EWB-HU has participated in three projects: Brazil, Panama, El Salvador, and Kenya. The organization supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders.

You can check out more on Engineers Without Borders Howard Chapter here

American Marketing Association

The American Marketing Association (AMA) is the professional association for individuals and organizations who are leading the practice, teaching, and development of marketing worldwide. Through relevant information, comprehensive education and targeted networking, the AMA assists marketers in deepening their marketing expertise, elevating their careers and ultimately, achieving better results.

Alpha Kappa Psi

AKΨ is the world's first and largest co-ed professional business fraternity. Founded in 1904, AKΨ focuses its activities on professional development, brotherhood and this year specifically they focus on Innovation as seen by their innovation challenge event this semester.

Encouraging Faculty Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Faculty Contributions - Courses and Centers

  • Fashion Entrepreneurship 
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship (General, open to all majors)
  • Special Topics: Entrepreneurship (Mass Communications and Media Studies)
  • Lean Launch Pad course: This course offers teaches students the key steps to build a start up. The main idea of the course is teaching students to rapidly develop and test ideas by gathering massive amounts of customer and marketplace feedback. The student must then find prober solucitons to thier problems and and establish suitable business models.
  • Mobile App Developement- Teaches students the basics in app developement so that they can make their own app.

Actively Supporting the University Technology Transfer Function

Howard University Institute for Entrepreneurship Leadership and Innovation

In December 2003, Howard University was one of eight institutions selected by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in a nationwide competition to receive a multi-million dollar grant as part of its Kauffman Campuses Initiative to develop an entrepreneurial climate across campus. The program seeks to transform the way entrepreneurship is taught and experienced so that any student, regardless of their field of study, will have the opportunity to participate. 

With matching support from Howard University and other partners, the Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Innovation Institute (ELI) was created and has worked diligently  to enhance existing programs and establish new ones in four major focus areas: academic programs; research; business and community development; and entrepreneurial thought. 

ELI Mission:  To provide the skills, tools and orientation required for entrepreneurial development and success in the African American and minority communities with particular emphasis upon the provision of educational opportunities for all of our stakeholders.

Facilitating Univertsity-Industry Collaboration

  •  Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Kauffman Campuses Initiative
  • Google In-Residence
  • Yahoo-Computer Lab

Engaging with Regional and Local Development Efforts

Innovate Washington

Innovate Washington is an energetic, nimble, and cohesive approach to economic development. A true public and private hybrid, they accelerate technology-based innovation through a highly collaborative ecosystem that brings together entrepreneurs, large companies, state government, investors, and industry leaders. In this environment, they create custom development plans for identified technology sectors, help promising companies receive the growth capital they need, and support entrepreneurs through an array of focused tools and services.

The goal: Make Washington the best place to develop innovative ideas and launch innovative companies.

Centers for IBM e-business Innovation :: Washington, DC

The IBM Centers for Solution Innovation :: Washington, DC is a design and development center focusing on innovative solutions for IBM clients. Part of the network of global Innovation Centers within IBM Global Services, our collaborative model integrates IBM's diverse capabilities to deliver world-class solutions.

The Washington DC Center serves the Public Sector by applying commercial and government best practices in the areas of usability, accessibility, and rapid application delivery. The DC Center team combines user experience design, information architecture, usability, accessibility, e-business strategy, digital branding, project management and technical excellence to enable our Public Sector and commercial clients to surpass the expectations of customers and constituents.

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