Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Applying innovative, inclusive, creative, and entrepreneurial approaches and mindsets to accelerate discovery and catalyze solutions to complex problems– whether within the context of the academic research enterprise and/or new venture creation.

Key Topics:

  • Cultivate a growth mindset, active listening skills, and empathy
  • Adopt creative and human-centric practices such as design thinking 
  • Facilitate collaborative problem-solving 
  • Understand venture capital and legal aspects of patent and intellectual property
  • Promote a culture of inclusive innovation and creativity

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Profiles

Joseph Avery, GS, PSY
GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Participant

"I learned a lot, I met other students with similar interests, and I formed lasting relationships with experts in the respective fields."

Jim Cohen, '86
GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Participant
GradFUTURES Forum Participant

Jim is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fitz Gate Ventures. Jim also leads a learning cohort on venture capital at Princeton University's…

Ken Igarza, GS, NEU

Ken Igarza is an NSF-GRFP fellow in Dr. Annegret Falkner's laboratory at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI), having previously studied and…

Mark Poag, '93
GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Facilitator
GradFUTURES Forum Speaker

“Leading this venture capital cohort is so much fun since we’re teaching these grad students who are brilliant experts in their respective fields of study a topic with which most of them are not very familiar.  I’ve enjoyed getting to know many of them better and am excited about their innovative startup ideas.  Hopefully, once they are ready to raise outside capital, they’ll be a little better prepared after taking this class.”