Innovation Center

Mission: The Innovation Center seeks to bring together students, faculty, alumni, and the community to design critical, creative and systems solutions for our curriculum and the complex challenges of today's world. 

Vision: An innovation center at a Jesuit University must be different. The Innovation Center at Regis University can be summed up in one word: PLUS. Imagine if you were getting a degree and you got a world-class business education PLUS a curriculum that builds grit, will, resilience, empathy, humility, perseverance, and a desire for social change? Imagine if you got a world-class business education PLUS you worked in a design-studio setting learning the arts of observation, collaborative brainstorming, visualization and creation. Imagine a world-class business education PLUS learning in a way that increases your odds of success through an alumni network focused on just that – actively helping students build and see a connected matrix across all sectors of the business community. Finally, imagine a world-class business education focused in innovation and entrepreneurship but pushing students to focus on these PLUS seek structural and systems solutions to some of the greatest world problems. The Innovation Center in the Anderson College of Business is about ideas PLUS putting those ideas into actions by creating partnerships, platforms, products and affecting policies.


Message from the Director:

Hello! Bienvenidos!

Thank you for coming to The Innovation Center site of the Anderson College of Business (ACB) at Regis University. The vision for the ACB and the three new Centers of Distinction (Innovation, Sustainable Economic and Enterprise Development; and Workforce Ethics and Lifelong Learning) is to help business become stewards of society with the goal of improving the quality of life on earth. The Innovation Center is specifically designed and intended to assist the college in the “how” our graduates are working to accomplish this vision. Let me explain.

In their 2012 article, A Leadership Education Model for Jesuit Business Schools, McCallum, Connor, and Horian define the distinction of graduates from business schools at Jesuit universities where self-awareness, ingenuity, love, and heroism are the essential dispositions, skills, and traits of the graduates. And while the public, those hiring our graduates, and even our students all agree that these are fundamental skills that graduates should have, the latest information tells us that we are not delivering this type of education as well as we can with all of our business students. Building leaders with values, experience, and the desire to improve society is at the core of The Innovation Center.

As The Innovation Center grows, our work will focus in four areas:

First, we are so excited about the technology and special furniture in the Gronowski Innovation Incubator Lab space. Contact us for tours, reservations and orientations. This design studio/idea corral is not your typical innovation space because we are not building or producing things yet. We don’t want a shark-tank style space. The likelihood of success in that model is too small. We want better odds of success. We want a shape tank – a space where you can practice, learn, and apply the meta-principles of design (humility, human observation skills, collective and additive thinking, creativity) to any idea.

Teaching and working in and around design, The Innovation Center will encourage, support, and partner with faculty, students, businesses, and the community to drive a business school plus curriculum. The plus is for a curriculum intentionally designed to build grit, will, perseverance, and a desire for social change. The plus is teaching that enables empathy, cultural competence, and critical and systems thinking as the learning outcomes alongside the business content of today.

An Alumni Matrix. We don't want a mere network. You can’t see networks. In the Jesuit tradition of companionship, we want to create and nurture a matrix where our alumni are obvious companions to our students serving to connect with, actively introduce to all business sector connections, and partner with students in thinking and acting.

Seeking Structural Solutions to Structural Problems. How can our students experience problem solving in ways that honor people, create partnerships, design platforms, products, and influence policy such that lasting solutions are discovered? The Innovation Center will start and serve as host for a third wave discussion series linking the community, local businesses, policy makers, and our students and faculty together to brainstorm solutions for the pressing problems of our time.

Innovation at Regis University means:

  • 3 kinds of thinking that the business community needs
  • 4 kinds of leadership that the world needs
  • 1 model of companionship

What is the Innovation Challenge All About? – Want to Win $10,000?

Students/Faculty/Staff/Alumni! You can create or join a team to compete and win up to $10,000 and a co-working space for your business idea. Finalists in the competition receive mentoring and have access to the Innovation Challenge team and resources throughout the spring 2019 semester allowing them to evolve their businesses and prepare for a final competitive pitch in April.

Sound like something you might be interested in? Whether you run a business already, have thought of an idea in the past that you'd like to develop, or are starting from scratch with just an idea, come and participate!

If you have an idea for an innovation business that is desirable, feasible and viable, you can compete for four prizes of $10K, $5K, and two for $1K. You can attend several informational sessions. The top ten finalists will have exclusive access to seasoned CEOs, owners and alumni. The top three teams will be given co-working space in the Innovation Center in the Anderson College of Business from May - August of 2019.

Read how the Regis community is "Inspired to Innovate."

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long will the Innovation Challenge last?
A: The inaugural Launch Party and Info Session was held on October 22, 2018. It began in fall 2018 and will culminate in spring 2019. For calendar of events see website at regisinnovationchallenge.com.

Q: Why is the Innovation Center doing this?
A: This is one of many ways that the Anderson College of Business embraces its vision of stewardship. We want the Regis community to succeed—students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Q: How many are signing up to compete in the Innovation Challenge?
A: It's up to you. As of the Oct. 22 launch, teams are still in the process of networking and signing up. (Note that each team must include at least one Regis student).

Q: When do I have to enter my idea into the Challenge?
A: You can declare your interest as a business idea at any time up until December 9, 2018. Finalists to compete in the spring will be determined at the semifinals on December 10-12. You should declare before those deadlines in order to be part of the challenge and to get scheduled to pitch. These should consist of four-minute pitches (slide deck presentations encouraged). See regisinnovationchallenge.com for judging criteria outline.

Q: What happens at the Open House/Check Ins on November 12 and November 26, 2018?
A: You can get answers to any questions you have about the Innovation Challenge, discuss your idea, and receive feedback. Fill out the Regis StartupTree online and join a team or find one at regis.startuptree.co.

Q: What if I can't attend the Open House/Check Ins?
A: Contact our Student Co-Directors, Bailey Gent and Zach Pearson below.

Q: I need a headshot to make my LinkedIn or other social media profiles look more professional. Where can I have one taken?
A: We will have a professional photographer taking headshots at the November 12 and November 26, 2018 open houses, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Other times and purposes by appointment.

Q: Where can I find the Challenge calendar and other information?
A: Visit the website at regisinnovationchallenge.com.

Q: When does the Challenge end?
A: The 2018-19 Innovation Challenge culminates in the finals competition following the 3rd Annual Alumni Matrix Meetup on April 12, 2019. Details and RSVP link to be announced.

Q: How often is the Innovation Challenge held?
A: A new Innovation Challenge competition kicks off every fall semester, at which time we accept applications for the next Student Director position(s).

Contacts:

Zach Pearson, Student Co-Director, The Regis Innovation Challenge
Email: zpearson@regis.edu
Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and by appointment

Bailey Gent, Student Co-Director, The Regis Innovation Challenge
Email: bgent@regis.edu
Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Ken Sagendorf, Director of the Innovation Center
Email: ksagendorf@regis.edu

Regis University
Anderson College of Business
Clarke Hall Room 358


An all-glass, flexible thinking studio/classroom where our students work on the next big ideas, our faculty design the curriculum that prepares and encourages our students to change the world, and local businesses come to collaborate, conceptualize, create, and launch business solutions. This space brings design thinking to business education focusing on developing the meta-skills of design— humility, human observation skills, and the ability to additively and collectively brainstorm ideas, and rapidly prototype solutions so that we may set about breaking them and learning from failure. In the Innovation Incubator, all can write on the walls from floor to ceiling, all furniture is on wheels, and there is a built-in co-work space for growing businesses to work alongside our students.

Read more about Regis' journey Into the Future.