Imagine a website launched by students, for students to share information about their innovation ecosystem on campus. I’m talking a navigation tool of sorts that allows students from every corner of the country to learn about what effective strategies universities have developed to enhance resources for students interested in exploring the technology and entrepreneurship realms. No, this isn’t a dream. This website exists, and it goes by the name of “University Innovation.”
The wiki was initially created by the University Innovation Fellows, an elite group of 45 students that are a part of a national movement to catalyze innovation on campus. But they’ve now opened up the wiki for the whole world to enjoy as a “resource to all student stakeholders in the Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship spheres in higher education.”
University Innovation comes off as a call to action, requesting that visitors to the website play a role in its development over time. “Students from all organizations interested in the creation and cultivation of vibrant Innovation & Entrepreneurship ecosystems are encouraged to add to this growing body of knowledge,” it reads.
The wiki is still in the works, which you can tell immediately upon entering the website. It’s not a beautiful work of art and nor is it particularly captivating, but the information it holds, well that’s more than enough of a reason to stick around and sift through all of the pages University Innovation has to offer.
There are already a few student-generated profiles of college campuses depicted on the site, including those on University of Maryland and Virginia Commonwealth University. They tout a slew of Prezi’s, videos, infographics, and invaluable information about the state of student innovation and entrepreneurship on school grounds.
Once this wiki really takes off, with even more profiles added to the website, well this is going to be one heck of a great way to collaborate and learn from like-minded individuals across the country who have tried their hand in the startup world.
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