What is IEI? The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI) at the Fox School of Business promotes a bold entrepreneurial and innovative spirit across all of Temple University’s schools and colleges. Through a combination of inventive classroom education, workshops, conferences, customized mentorships, and events, IEI provides students with the skills, resources, and courage to disrupt business as usual.
Ellen Weber, Executive Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI), and Assistant Professor of Practice, Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship
Robert McNamee, Managing Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI), and AssistantProfessor of Instruction, Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship
IEI offers great resources and a market-driven curriculum featuring courses for makers, doers, trailblazers, and budding entrepreneurs, including:
1. Creativity Unleashed
2. Business Model Innovation
3. Lean Startup
4. Entrepreneurial Thinking & New Venture Creation
5. Innovation-Based Strategy
100 Years of Innovation
The Fox School, founded in 1918, has prepared generations of daring entrepreneurs, executives, creative professionals, leaders, and researchers to make impacts on the real world. With comprehensive degree programs in Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship, plus a minor and certificate options, students learn valuable skills that give them a competitive edge in the global economy.
The Power of Collaboration
IEI’s co-curricular programs foster collaboration between diverse disciplines and provide budding entrepreneurs with the education and resources required to advance their projects. The Temple University Entrepreneurship Academy (TUEA), run by IEI, collaborates with faculty across campus to enhance entrepreneurial knowledge, engagement, and practice in all of Temple’s schools and colleges.
Tomorrow’s Businesses Startup Here
Soon, IEI will relocate to a new space as part of the Fox School’s latest expansion into 1810 Liacouras Walk. IEI’s new home will be located on the first floor of 1810 Liacouras Walk and serve as an innovation hub for students, alumni, faculty, and staff across Temple University. It will be a hotbed for novel ideas, where forward-thinking people with diverse skills, visions, backgrounds, and goals meet, network, collaborate, and succeed. In the new space, IEI will offer labs, co-working spaces, and an event space to host workshops, competitions, and mentoring programs. The building will feature “maker space” where emerging entrepreneurs can bring their ideas to life using a 3D printer or brainstorm products on the wall-to-wall whiteboards.
About the Fox School of Business
For a century, the Fox School of Business has been committed to its mission of preparing business leaders for prominent roles within the global marketplace. With more than 9,000 current students and 65,000 alumni, the Fox School is the largest, most comprehensive business school in the Philadelphia region—and offers a dynamic community of students, faculty, and professionals whose influence can be felt around the world.
The Fox School continues the tradition of Temple University founder Russell H. Conwell, who was entrepreneurial in his focus on democratizing and widening the reach of higher education.
Fox Entrepreneurs: In Their Own Words
Company: Girl Develop It & ROAR for Good
The Kuwaiti-born Mustafa earned her bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship from the Fox School. She is a self-described “serial entrepreneur,” with numerous smaller ventures before her work with ROAR. “I see a much bigger reach with ROAR,” she says. “I’m a person who thrives on making a difference, so I’m excited about what the future holds.”
Justin Rosenberg, Fox School alumnus, has achieved great success with Honeygrow, which offers healthy fare made with seasonal, local ingredients. Rosenberg says, “I’m a Temple guy. I wrote a chunk of my business plan for Honeygrow at Alter Hall, and the business is very much a #TempleMade concept.”