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Welcome to the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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The Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation was established in 2017 thanks to the generosity and record $15 million gift to Iona from James and Anne Marie Hynes. The gift was informed by the Design Team who lead the charge in researching and developing the comprehensive business plan that is underpinning the transformational entrepreneurship program.

The Hynes Institute is an emerging program that aims to prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders to move the world. It ensures that students develop the knowledge, skills and experience required to create, innovate and lead in a global economy.

Under the direction of Endowed Professor and Founding Program Director Dr. Christoph Winkler, the Hynes Institute has a robust program that provides students with an environment that fosters an entrepreneurial mindset through practice and creative problem-solving across all disciplines and schools.

The mission of the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is to create and foster an interdisciplinary community of Iona students who engage in entrepreneurial learning opportunities to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. Entrepreneurship is a universal skill set that gives our students the ability to take ownership of their learning by identifying and solving the big challenges of our world through innovation. Through the entrepreneurial process, our students are not only able to create a better world for themselves, but also the communities they live and work in.

In detail, the Hynes Institute offers:

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    Interdisciplinary curricular focus in entrepreneurship and innovation for all students in any major;
  • Co-curricular programming such as student clubs, speaker series, workshops, competitions, community engagement, internships, as well as coworking, mentoring and networking opportunities;
  • Opportunities to work with Hynes Faculty Fellows, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, accomplished alumni and visiting entrepreneurs; and
  • Access to start-up support, mentorship and funding, and a newly established community incubator.

A New Home

The Hynes Institute will soon have a new home. In 2018, construction began on Spellman Hall, located at the center of the main campus. The construction project will add approximately 3,800 square feet of academic space to the front of Spellman Hall to house academic and administrative offices for the Hynes Institute.

An artist rendering of the Hynes Institute's new home, which will be built on top of the portico of Spellman Hall and feature floor to ceiling windows.

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