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We are The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learning Community

We are like minded incoming first year Purdue students from all over the world!  Although we are pursuing a wide variety of majors, we have a common interest in learning about entrepreneurship.  We share a goal of learning how to put our creativity to work, analyze markets, and develop new products, services and technologies that can make a difference in today’s society. These skills will serve us well whether we desire to work for a great company or create, launch and grow our own entrepreneurial new business enterprise.

We live in the same residence hall and attend the same entrepreneurship class during the fall semester, ENTR 20000, Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  We work in very diverse multidisciplinary teams that really expand our thinking and capabilities.  Our success is driven by our desire to communicate and collaborate in our fast-paced environment so we learn to develop the skills required of successful entrepreneurs.  We attend a variety of outside the classroom events of a social and/or academic nature that are designed to enhance our ELC and Purdue experience. Attendance is expected at 3-4 evening dinner events.  

We have the opportunity to participate in the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, which is similar to a minor.  Adding entrepreneurship education and experiences to an already robust Purdue degree can set us apart and provide more career options. These skills are valuable whether we start our own venture or apply entrepreneurial knowledge to help an established organization grow and prosper. The website provides more Certificate Program information:

Learning.   Personal and professional growth.   Fun.  It’s all here in our ELC!

With such benefits, we hope that you will decide to apply for the ELC and continue in the path of the many young men and women who have participated in this LC. Fill out the required application to indicate your interest.  Space is limited.  

We realize that for some of you, the idea of entrepreneurship is new, while others may have already achieved some entrepreneurial success. Please know that regardless of your level of experience, you will add to the richness of the ELC.

If you have any questions, please visit the website listed above and contact us regarding the LC or the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program.

"Looking back, I am so grateful that I was a part of the ELC because it is an exceptional program that holds lots of interest to me. Entrepreneurship and Innovation means more in this day and age than ever before. The lessons I learned will help me through college and in my career. I also made valuable friendships that I still cherish to this day." - Rebecca, ELC participant

"The ELC helped to create great friendships and relationships inside and outside of the classroom and taught me the communication skills necessary to help work more productively as a part of a group. The people you meet will not only help you in the ELC classes, but they are contacts you will run into over and over again. The ELC provides so much more than just a unique skill set and interesting classes. It provides great life experience that will set you apart from everyone else and truly shape who you are as a student and person." - Ashley, ELC participant


  • First-time beginning students admitted to any college/school/major with an interest in entrepreneurship

Residential Component

  • Students from this learning community must reside in Harrison Hall
  • Information on this residence hall can be found here
  • Students who are required to reside in a different residence hall (e.g. due to the Honors College or athletics participation) or who do not sign a housing contract may not participate in this learning community
  • Your roommate in most cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


Fall semester

Associated Classes

ENTR 20000 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Events and Activities Included:

  • Attendance expected at 3-4 evening dinner events
  • Trip to the Purdue Research Park Business Incubator
  • Introduction to Purdue campus resources
  • Participation in various workshops (Elevator Pitch, Interviewing, After-Dinner Speeches)
  • Interaction with faculty members and speakers

NOTE:  Participants are expected to attend the out-of-class activities

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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