Morehouse Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center
Our center is a global model for higher education and industry collaborations, programs that connect education with student leadership development, and community-focused resources and support.
Our programs and services have one goal—to increase small business development. We accomplish this through:
- Industry-certified process improvement training
- Links to prime contractors for bid development and mentoring support
- Community resources to access information, services, and options for business start-up support
- Technical assistance to other historically Black and minority-serving institutions (HBCUs/MIs)
- Research, consultative and program services to government agencies, corporations, and universities seeking to expand their small business supplier pool
- Education and outreach to encourage college students and youth to consider entrepreneurship as a career choice
Under the Department of Defense Mentor-Protégé Program, we provide developmental assistance to small technology growth companies. As a key member of mentoring teams, we deliver organizational infrastructure training and contract management support to small protégé businesses. Over the past 10 years, the MIEC partnered with some 15 mentoring companies to assist over 80 protégé companies in achieving sustained growth and adding jobs to the economy. These protégé firms are located across the United States. Teams of faculty, students, and subject matter experts provide developmental assistance. MIEC is the recipient of eight Nunn-Perry Awards, including the recent 2015 Nunn-Perry Award for excellence in the Mentor-Protégé Program.
The expo provides a national platform to give visibility, experience, and training to translate innovative ideas and research into viable businesses. It builds on working across disciplines to identify, develop, and support the next generation of innovation leaders to build a stronger global economy.
The conference features:
- The Faculty and Student Research Paper and Poster Competition which exhibits research skills for peer professionals
- The Student Innovation Showcase and Fair with displays and oral presentations of student and community startup ideas
- The Innovative Creative Entrepreneur Awards for outstanding contributions to small business growth
- Workshops and Plenary Sessions to provide resources to take startup ideas and the entrepreneurial spirit to the next level
The two-day event attracts over 600 participants.
These workshops provide the Atlanta University Center students the opportunity to gain practical knowledge and exposure to real-world innovation and the entrepreneurial mindset. Students speak with various active entrepreneurs under 30 years of age during the biweekly Trep Talks Speaker Series.
These partnerships bridge the gap between the college and its community. Through programs such as Go Code, Y Combinator, Village Micro Fund, and the iSTEM Innovation Academy, our center serves as a source of innovation and information, intent on building an ecosystem of leaders for this and the next generation.