The new Center will provide innovation and entrepreneurship training, application and research in order to tool and energize a new generation of leaders both inside and beyond the greater Washington region.
Focused on developing vibrant generators of social impact, asset development and wealth creation, the Center for Innovation will train and develop stakeholders to become leaders in industry and in their communities. The Center will also provide access to social, intellectual and financial capital for its stakeholders both on campus and beyond. Forthcoming programs include: innovation speaker series, citywide hackathons, research partnerships, business plan competitions, etc.
“For the past two years the Kogod School of Business at American University has provided coursework, programs and intensive training and funding to support the development and application of new business models, products and services,” said Melissa Bradley, Executive Director, AU Center for Innovation in the Capital. “After supporting over 1,000 stakeholders, through diverse delivery strategies, the school has decided it is time to focus its efforts, cast a wider net across the University and D.C., as well as focus on capacity building, financing and applied research.”
The launch event was held on April 27, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. on AU’s campus inside the Kogod School of Business Student Lounge. Director Bradley hosted the event and moderated a panel discussion with local business leaders.