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Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship


Welcome to the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

We love big ideas. And big ideas are big business. Because of this, our mission is to empower students and the community to dream big, venture boldly – and provide the resources to turn those dreams and ventures into reality.  We challenge our students to do things greater than themselves but also allow them to fail in order to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.  

Stay up to date


Our monthly newsletters feature student and community business owners, internship and job announcements, and upcoming events related to innovation and entrepreneurship. You can find our newsletter archive on our resource page.

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What We Do

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Mentoring & Coaching Program

Coworking Space

Coworking Space

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Corporate Innovation

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Female Entrepreneurs

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Events

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Resources


Meet Our Team

Bea Rodriguez-Fransen

Bea Rodriguez-Fransen, MA
Project Manager

Bea Rodriguez-Fransen is an entrepreneur and writer. In 2018, she founded the center’s Women Entrepreneurship Conference, an annual event in October that convenes students and professionals in various industries, providing a supportive venue where women can network and learn how to start or grow their own ventures. Bea is a Certified Entrepreneurship Teacher, a Certified Personal Trainer, and holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies-Writing, Editing & Publishing.

Grace Halla

Grace Halla
Marketing & Operations Assistant

Grace is a current North Central College student, and will complete her Bachelor of Arts in Marketing in 2020. Aside from utilizing her marketing and organization skills at the Center, she is also an active member of the college’s Enactus Chapter, where she coordinates social media content and increases the chapter’s brand visibility. She continues to raise awareness about the Center through her graphic design of various marketing collateral and social media expertise.

Our Partners


Thank you to all of our partners, who share our vision of fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Contact Us!


Are you ready to start or grow your own business? Are you a company or organization interested in partnering with us? Contact us today.

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