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Wichita State University is committed to strengthening Wichita’s innovation ecosystem through the creation of new high-value startups, developing a skilled workforce that remains in Kansas, and transforming regional industries.
We are tinkerers, collaborators, and entrepreneurs, and we’re here to help.

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Shelly Coleman presenting at SWARM event

The Wichita State University Office of Innovation and New Ventures (I&NV) is housed under the Office of the President. The office is where academics and industry converge. The College of Innovation & Design and the Center for Entrepreneurship collaborate to deliver programming around innovation, education, venture creation, and making connections to support WSU and regional startups.




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 We offer a variety of support structures, including interdisciplinary academics, mentorship, business planning, and financial investment. 

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A unique academic college facilitating interdisciplinary applied learning that is centered on innovation processes, such as design thinking and agile product management. We teach students how to recognize new creative opportunities. Our curriculum covers innovation and holistic sustainability strategies while enhancing student skillsets in creativity, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, decision-making, product development, leadership, and embracing change.


Striving to positively impact the university and grow Wichita’s economy by helping students, faculty and community entrepreneurs learn how to develop innovative ideas and guide them toward commercialization and venture creation. We forge strategic partnerships within the business community to work in concert with existing businesses creating sustainability. In these ways, we act as an essential educational and economic driver for Kansas.

Contact the Office of Innovation and New Ventures