Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Start, Launch, or Enhance Your Business at Champlain College

Champlain College's Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) promotes entrepreneurial and innovator mindsets and is a thought-leader in entrepreneurship research. The CIE provides a unique opportunity for student entrepreneurs to get help starting or launching a new business, or to enhance an existing business idea. 

Do you own a business already? Do you have a great concept or idea that you want to make a reality? Our goal at the CIE is to help you realize your personal goal, whether you've started a business or not. As long as you can articulate your idea and convey your vision—you're an excellent candidate to get involved with the CIE.

As a participant in the CIE, we will help you answer three integral questions: 

  1. Is it a good business idea? 

  2. Is it a good business idea for you?

  3. Is it a good business idea for you, right now? 

If the answers are yes, we can help you connect with a network of entrepreneurs, lawyers, accountants, and technical experts who have been where you are and can give you perspective on how to build your business, market your product, and expand your dream. You'll receive valuable insight into the strategic, financial, legal, technical, operational, and managerial matters you'll need to know.

The CIE program prepares you for the intricacies of running your business. The rest? That's up to you.

Contact the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program Director Pat Patel to learn more at

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