Program for Students: Overview
At the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, students have access to leading resources, including world-renowned academic staff, business executives, and multinational companies. The center offers courses that challenge and equip students to solve real life problems, and real world business issues by leveraging Open Innovation concepts. Each course offers fresh perspective, inspires curiosity, and promotes intellectual growth. Students have the opportunity to work alongside multinational companies, and engage with leading executives throughout their creative process. The skills developed in each of the Garwood courses give students a better understanding of current business models– an unparalleled opportunity to interact with industry leaders inside and outside the classroom setting.
Student Project Opportunities
Students are challenged to create innovative solutions for established business models. Students are divided into teams of five and are assigned to solve real-world problems for major corporations. Each group has an opportunity to present the company with an overview of the company’s financial position, the company’s strengths, and weaknesses. Teams formulate a plan to restructure or rethink a significant line of business. Students are then given the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from leading executives.
Work with Advanced Technology and Leading Corporations
The Garwood Center offers students the opportunity to work with cutting-edge ideas, technology, and companies. For example, the undergraduate course, Open Innovation Leveraging IBM Watson, offers technical and business students access to the Watson Developer Cloud and the training to build a Watson-based app. These students will be among the first to have hands-on access to the cutting-edge Watson technology. The Garwood Center frequently adds new courses to take advantage of the latest ideas and technologies for innovation.