A Strong Collegiate Ecosystem

Perhaps at no other point in a person’s entrepreneurial journey are they as amenable to the message of the power of entrepreneurship as during their college years. By carefully enhancing the inherent energy, intelligence, passion, and faculty mentorship of a college campus, we can play a key part in helping launch students, and the entire regional economy, on a more promising trajectory. 

Building a strong regional collegiate entrepreneurial ecosystem is at the very center of our work.  That is why we’re proud to be involved with 22 colleges and universities throughout Northeast Ohio, supporting and connecting them into a thriving peer network of continuous learning and innovation. 

A Wide Range of Support

The Foundation provides direct assistance to collegiate programs through a number of avenues, including:

  • Developing world-class entrepreneurship curricula
  • Supporting on-campus business plan competitions, including LaunchTown and IdeaLabs, that allow students to test their concepts and compete for funding to execute their ideas
  • Funding a range of internship opportunities—including with Entrepreneurs Edge, Summer on the Cuyahoga and the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education--that connect students to potent experiential learning

We also support dynamic programs such as the Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund and NEOLaunchNet. The former is a student-run investment fund that gives students the opportunity to take pre-seed ventures through a due-diligence process and ultimately provide recommendations for actual pre-seed funding. NEOLaunchNet is a network of four universities—Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University and Lorain County Community College—that connects students to the skills and mentors necessary to launch new ventures.

Foundation Values

Burton D. Morgan Foundation supports organizations whose senior leadership embraces entrepreneurship. We value collegiate entrepreneurship programs that…

  • build the entrepreneurial mindset
  • collaborate with ecosystem partners
  • leverage broader community resources
  • exhibit interdisciplinary reach
  • engage diverse populations
  • embed mentorship and coaching
  • evaluate their effectiveness
  • pivot to meet changing needs
  • share lessons learned
  • demonstrate fiscal responsibility

Collegiate Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Diagram