Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship (ICE)


The Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship (ICE) Emphasis at Western is designed to prepare students to finance, plan for, start and manage their own profitable venture.

Western’s Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship program is all about fresh thinking, positive impact and rising to challenges. And our setting in the eclectic Gunnison Valley reinforces such attitudes. We question the status quo by championing bold ideas, taking intelligent risks and accepting sensible failures.  Professors with real-world entrepreneurial experiences present the curriculum. Our small classes help students develop personal relationships with local business owners and connect the classroom to the community in ways that encourage growth, leadership and commitment.

What Will You Learn in the Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship program? What Skills Will You Acquire?

Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship at Western is anchored in the fundamentals of business, from accounting, marketing and economics, to management and strategy. You will learn to manage an enterprise as an innovative leader, as comfortable reinventing a critical business process as you are formulating strategy for the entire organization. Some of the skills Western ICE students grow reach beyond operational fundamentals, including:

  • Opportunity recognition
  • Problem framing
  • Design thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Empathetic awareness
  • Risk management
  • Resilience
  • Negotiation

Beyond the Classroom

Taking a required experiential course that exposes you to real businesses and organizational challenges further develops entrepreneurial skills. Students work one on one as business consultants with an existing or start-up small business.

After Graduation

In our Entrepreneurial Planning course, students develop their own business plans. Many students have launched successful businesses from the plans they created at Western.

Next Steps

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 Western Presidential Scholars Award

The Western Presidential Scholars Award is a full tuition scholarship available to Valedictorians of Colorado high schools (residents only) aimed at increasing the number of high achieving students attending Western State Colorado University.  The scholarship is renewable for eight consecutive semesters (four years) and will cover full in-state tuition charges after the COF stipend is applied.  The Western Presidential Scholars Award would replace any other merit scholarship that may have already been awarded to the student.  The Western Presidential Scholars Award is a competitive scholarship (application is required) as there are a limited number of awards available each year.  Below are some details you should know:

Minimum Criteria

  •          3.80 cumulative High School GPA 
  •          25 ACT score/1200 SAT combined score
  •          Be ranked #1 on high school transcript or certified as ‘valedictorian’ by high school official

Application Process

To apply students must submit a letter of application, one letter of recommendation, and provide verification of Valedictorian status.  Completed applications must be received by April 1st of each year.

Renewal Criteria

  •          Must enroll in and successfully complete 12 credits each semester (24 credits each year)
  •          Must maintain a 3.0 GPA at Western 

Faculty & Staff


Associate Professor of Business Administration / Innovation + Creativity + Entrepreneurship (ICE) Project Director
BS University of Wyoming, JD University of Colorado School of Law
Phone: 970.943.2300
Office Location: Borick Business Building 222