THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
Opportunities and Programs
Opportunities for Students
Students interested in entrepreneurship and innovation have many opportunities to learn more through the Fitzgerald Institute and its partners across campus and in the community.
Business and non-business majors have the opportunity to learn in a classroom environment about coming up with an idea, describing how that is connected to an opportunity, and understanding what it takes to start and launch that business concept. The two pathways students can take is a Minor in Entrepreneurship or a Certificate in Entrepreneurship.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a number of experiential programs and activities.
ZipSkills Entrepreneurial Soft Skills Accelerator
ZipSkills is for any undergraduate or graduate student interested in learning more about soft skills connected to entrepreneurship. This is a self-paced program that students can complete from anywhere.
Students can schedule a time to meet and discuss business ideas – in many cases we explore the question of where do I start!
Zip Side Hustle (summer program)
As part of the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium (EEC), Zip Side Hustle provides a starter framework to help students working on side hustles enter think through their business from multiple angles.
Micro-Grants for Market Research and Marketing Experiments
Funded by The Burton D. Morgan Foundation, this program gives undergraduate applicants the chance to earn up to $500 in micro-grants for market research and early marketing experiments for their new venture. Email Dr. Joseph Fox (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information on the program.
No-cost Legal Assistance
The SEED Clinic at the University of Akron School of Law provides no-cost legal and business assistance to undergrad entrepreneurs in areas such as business entity selection and filing requirements, operating agreements, and transaction agreements. Click here to request assistance.
Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund (NEOSVF)
NEOSVF allows students the chance to sit at the investor seat of the table, evaluate proposals of startups for funding, and make investment decisions alongside other students in Northeast Ohio.
We regularly host or co-host IdeaLabs in the spring semester as well as the UA $10K Pitch competition in conjunction with the EXL Center, UARF, and the SEED Clinic.
Events and Workshops
We host a variety of events and workshops each year. Sign up for email updates to be notified of what events we are holding.
Opportunities for Faculty
No-cost Legal Assistance
UA faculty entrepreneurs may qualify for no-cost legal and business assistance from the SEED Clinic at the University of Akron School of Law in areas such as business entity selection and filing requirements, operating agreements, and transaction agreements. Click here to request assistance.
Opportunities for Community
Some of the workshops and events we host are open to everyone. For more information, please feel free to sign up for our mailing list.