With so much space to create and collaborate CWRU offers a number of resources for entrepreneurs and innovators to create, regardless of discipline.
Our largest innovation space has 50,000 square feet quite literally open to ideas. The Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box] opened in 2012 and continues to evolve to meet the needs of students and faculty. Each floor fills a different need–collaboration, prototyping, fabrication, mentoring and assistance and incubation. Explore these floors through the virtual tour available on think[box]'s website.
The university stands ready to help you discover whether that academic breakthrough has commercial application—and how best to pursue its possibilities.
The staff at Case Western Reserve's Technology Transfer Office provide business, legal, technical, scientific and venture capital experience for discoveries made by our faculty, researchers and students.
Case Western Reserve University was one of nine universities selected in 2006 by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation (WHCF) for a Translational Research Partnership award. A grant of $4.58 million established the initial five-year phase of the TRP within the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The TRP is a platform to promote translational research and to support collaborative translational research projects to address unmet or poorly met clinical needs.
The Fowler Center exists to create a world where business can prosper, human beings can flourish and nature can thrive. The center primarily focuses on for-profit organizations that create value for society and the environment in ways that create even more value for their customers and shareholders.
Founded in 2008, the Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI) is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to catalyzing breakthroughs in energy sustainability that address the most pressing problems facing our world. Housed within the Case School of Engineering, GLEI empowers faculty, students and partners to expand knowledge, deepen understanding, and create innovative and sustainable energy solutions.
With faculty supervision, our law students assist emerging entrepreneurs with patents and other intellectual property issues.
Created to provided low-cost or no-cost legal services for student entrepreneurs and others starting businesses, the IP Venture Clinic can give a cash-strapped startup the boost needed to get a project launched.
The Flora Stone Mather Center is a community space and a social innovator empowering women and advancing gender equity through research-informed action. A social innovator, the Mather Center supports the development of programs and initiatives in and outside the Center that are guided by the principle that higher education should ultimately serve the public good. This principle prompts us to ensure that initiatives we support are centered in the belief that universities and individuals work not only for individual advancement but larger social needs.
The xLab at Weatherhead School of Management engages with industry partners to develop knowledge and talent for responsible digital innovations. Working with a team of multidisciplinary students, faculty, and other centers throughout the University, xLab develops responsible technology frameworks and tools, and works with its company partners to design new digital innovations for products, services, and business models.
The Interactive Commons (IC) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) was established in 2014 as a center to connect individuals from across our campus and our region through advanced visualization to further research and education.
The CWRU Venture Mentor Program (CVMP) is housed within the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) as part of the Translational Endeavors Component, to provide a broad base for expansion and inclusion. The CVMP provides team mentoring to our young faculty, students, and staff from a pool of local experts with a wide range of experiences and industry expertise. Our process stems from the MIT Venture Mentor Service, a hugely successful program that has spawned over 100 similar programs across the U.S and around the world. Their approaches have resulted in many successful ventures, and demonstrate that mentoring works best in a conflict-free and confidential environment.