"At Iona, I feel like I am constantly achieving my full potential. I chose Marketing because it challenged me, and through the Hynes Institute, I have found my new passion. Iona has enabled me to step out of my comfort zone and get involved."
Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
At Iona College, we know that everyone — regardless of major or program — can be an entrepreneurial and innovative leader.
The Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is an interdisciplinary hub for the development of creativity and leadership skills critical for success in a global economy. Learn how to take your ideas from concept to execution. Take a course on the entrepreneurial mindset, attend a guest lecture and collaborate with peers and mentors in our coworking space.
Learn to Lead
The Hynes Institute has curricular offerings for every type of Iona student. Get a taste of entrepreneurial thinking, then dive deeper into design thinking, business modeling and leadership with our undergraduate minor, two undergraduate majors, or graduate certificate program that can be taken alone or as part of an MBA.
Program Overview with Christoph Winkler
Charter your own path by building a strong entrepreneurial mindset.
Ready. Set. Innovate.
The Iona Innovation Challenge is an annual pitch competition where students present solutions to real-world problems. Throughout the course of a semester, you’ll complete a series of milestones — a video pitch, an executive summary and a pitch slide deck — and receive feedback from industry and faculty mentors. Finalists will be invited to a live pitch event where the winners receive monetary prizes!
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Dream. Create. Lead.
With a free-flow workspace and 3D printer, the Hynes Institute offers space for students to learn and grow as they develop their entrepreneurial spirit.
Space to Create
The Hynes Institute is located at the center of campus at Spellman Hall; a 3,800-square-foot state-of-the-art coworking space offering a modern and sustainable home for creativity on campus.
In this program, you’ll have access to GaelVentures, Iona’s own community incubator space. Work alongside fellow students, mentors, entrepreneur-in-residence and faculty members to develop your ideas and gain new perspectives on your work.
Hynes Institute By the Numbers
gift from James ’69, ’01H and Anne Marie Hynes established the Institute in 2017.
square feet of new, modern space was created to house the Institute in 2019.
in total prize money awarded each year at the Iona Innovation Challenge.
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