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Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIENT) major is designed to help you develop problem solving and creative thinking skills, along with the ability to spot trends, recognize opportunities, and develop plans to capitalize on high-potential ideas. Emerging entrepreneurs and innovative managers of small to large businesses must be competent in various mediums of communication, have good negotiation skills, lead with ethics and integrity, and be grounded in business aspects of planning, capital investing, goal setting, and decision making.

Careers in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The ability to adapt to a rapidly changing social and business environment can yield great rewards and returns, but it requires innovative, multi-functional individuals able to adapt to and develop new technologies, innovations, and businesses amid a wider environment of change, uncertainty, and ambiguity. The CIENT major is designed for students interested in starting and managing new businesses, as well as students interested in managing innovation and reinventing current businesses, with the intent of growing the economy and providing jobs for a diverse workforce.

Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Degree Requirements and Sample Schedules

Garber Venture Capital Fund: The Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Smeal, whose mission is to contribute to and interpret the best in academic research in the field of entrepreneurship, oversees the Garber Venture Capital Fund, which is a $5 million venture fund that invests in early-stage Penn State related start-ups and technology. It was founded to give students real-life experience in equity investing.