The IDEAL CENTER fosters and sustains a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship that increases the creative capacity of Lafayette students to lead and inspire change.

Our students learn design thinking, financial analysis, product/idea prototyping, and the marketing skills necessary to take an idea from conception to development. Through courses, co-curricular programming, internships, mentoring, and competitions, IDEAL is designed to support and educate the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.



Why Join IDEAL?

  • ✚ Learn the language and tools of innovation.
  • ✚ Meet others with similar interests.
  • ✚ Learn more about startups.
  • ✚ Understand how entrepreneurs think.
  • ✚ Turn ideas into reality.
  • ✚ Work across disciplines.

The IDEAL Funnel

Tap into your passions and identify problems in need of innovation. Those problems may come from your own experiences, from the campus community, your local and global community, and through learning experiences here and beyond. Turn problems into solutions. Ideate, create, and network using resources, methodologies, collaborators and tools in the maker space. Validate your solution to assess if feasible and viable, or if you need to pivot to new ideas.


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