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Inspire is the first of three I2I sub-networks and connects those unfamiliar with the innovation or ideation process to basic tools and resources that can help ideas mature. Click on the tabs below to explore the different resources that are available.

The Office of Innovation and Economic Development (OIED), in partnership with the Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement and the NC Biotechnology Center, presents the Idea to Impact forum. Idea to Impact focuses on creating a dialog among the ECU community and subject matter experts for building our innovation ecosystem to create new processes, services, products and businesses for positive regional and global impacts. The series takes participants through the journey of why, who, what and how to transform ideas into solutions.


Idea 2 Impact: BASICS  

BASICS provides users with a foundational overview of key concepts and terms that are common in the intellectual property space.


Local Competitions

Discovery Forum

Spazz Fest
Hult Prize

Other Competitions

 Charlotte Venture Challenge

All Things Open

Idea Fest




Innovation Training Academies  

The Middle School Innovators Academy, the Innovators Design Academy, and the Global Innovation Workshop demonstrate the culture of innovation that ECU is creating on campus and in the community. Through these academies, ECU teaches participants, particularly the younger students, that it values innovation, creative thinking and risk-taking and realizes the integral role of design in successful innovation for economic growth. Academy students brainstorm and design in a unique learning environment. They discover their own great ideas. They discover their own potential to innovate. In a way, they discover who they are. The Innovators Academies offer a certificate of completion and cover topics such as practical sketching techniques; 2-D and 3-D digital imaging essentials; physical model building strategies; presentation skills; and marketing and patent research. So take a look at the Innovators Academies: what do you see? Young entrepreneurial talent being nurtured. A future workforce being developed. A culture of innovation exploding on campus and in the community and a strong incentive for students to stay in school and productively contribute to North Carolina’s innovation future. And its talented young participants are learning that innovation, creative thinking and risk-taking is not only valued—it can take them within reach of their dreams! 



College of Business 

MGMT 3500 Entrepreneurship Essentials 

MGMT 4252 Entrepreneurship 

MGMT 4262 Small Business Management 

MGMT 4500 Entrepreneur Business Planning Engineering & Technology Systems

MRKT 3500 Entrepreneurial Opportunities and Marketing

FINA 3500 Entrepreneurial Finance

College of Engineering and Technology Systems

BIME 2080 Foundations of Biomedical Engineering

ENGR 4503 Adv. Design in Entrepreneurship

ENGR 4503 Clinical Exp. & Biomedical Innovation

ENGR 4010 Senior Capstone Design

ENGR 4020 Senior Capstone Design

Department of Biology

BIOL 4800 Business of Biology

Interior Design and Merchandising

MRCH 4999 Capstone