Welcome to the Lab for Entrepreneurship and Transformative Leadership.

Our lab seeks to provide resources and mentorship to students, empower local entrepreneurs, and support emerging startups in Montgomery County. In doing so, we aim to provide resources to those interested using our platform such as:

  • Amplifying Speakers: We will invite experienced professionals to our lab in order to understand and implement entrepreneurial practices.
  • Hosting Classes and Labs: We will teach classes and labs that help students gain real-world experience like starting a business.
  • Conducting Hackathons: We will challenge student groups to compete and present their start-ups and ideas to convince the board to invest in their product.
  • Providing Mentorship: We will foster relationships with experienced mentors in order to aid with student’s development in their careers and future endeavors.

We are excited to build a passionate community that values entrepreneurship and transformative leadership and to create opportunities for entrepreneurs to shape their ideas into a reality.

Office Hours

Have an idea or want to talk business?

Our program director, Professor Steren, will be holding office hours every Tuesday from 3PM - 5PM to discuss business ideas. Ventures at any stage are welcome. Walk-ins are welcome but we encourage you to pre-register to save a time slot. 

Our Focus

Entrepreneurial Learning

  • Workshops, Lectures, Classes

Emerging Startups

  • Community Resources, Mentorship, Training

Signature Programs

Equity Incubator

  • An eight-week program offered in the fall which culminates with an entrepreneurial pitch competition and the chance for the winning team to secure a $10,000 award to help in launching a business.

Social Impact Fellows

  • A semester long fellowship for students interested in learning more about impact investing and creating social impact through business. $2,000 stipend. 

IDEA430: Creating Your Own Venture

  • A 3-credit class offered in the spring. Learn to apply design thinking, jobs to be done theory, organizational behavior and lean methodology to create your own startup. Students will be in placed in teams, given an experienced mentor and will compete to win seed funding at the end of the course in a pitch competition. No entrepreneurship experience or idea necessary.

Through Marc’s teachings, in just 2 short months we were able to learn and implement key foundational principles that directly impacted our product market fit and go to market strategies which led to the successful launch and scale of Kitu life Super Coffee.
Jordan DeCicco, Founder & COO