Student working on a machine in the thinkbox
Where great ideas become reality.

Whether you want to develop a first-of-its-kind medical treatment or the next big thing in the tech world, we equip you with the knowledge, guidance and opportunities you need to make it happen—in the classroom, lab and beyond.


Unleash your inner inventor on our campus. With cutting-edge facilities and programs dedicated to help make startups successful, Case Western Reserve promotes a true culture of innovation.

Our students’ inventions have been featured in news outlets such as Forbes, Mashable, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and more. They’ve presented at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas—Case Western Reserve was the first university to take student startups to the show and we continue to have the largest university presence at each year's show—they've earned millions of dollars in funding and even pitched to investors from Shark the White House!

These students are driven and inspired. But they’ve also been able to tap resources at Case Western Reserve that are unrivaled.

Sears think[box]

If you’re a tinkerer, Sears think[box] is bound to be your home for the next four years. As the largest open-access makerspace at any university in the world, it’s seven stories and 50,000 square feet of space for you to brainstorm, create, hone and even patent your ideas. You’ll have free access to top-of-the-line 3D printers, laser cutters and more—and if you don’t know how to use something, there’s always someone who can teach you.


If you want to jumpstart a successful company, look to CWRU LaunchNet. They’ll help you refine practically any entrepreneurial idea, and connect you to the resources you need to launch and maintain a business. In just a few years, LaunchNet has helped more than 500 students and alumni research and establish bright new enterprises.

Other Resources

And there’s so much more to innovation at CWRU, from student organizations like Design for America or the Baja Car Design Team to partnerships with students at the nearby Cleveland Institute of Art and business competitions that recognize top work. We even have an entire department in our management school dedicated to design thinking.

We can’t wait to see what you create.