About Us

Oberlin College’s Creativity & Leadership Project is a multi-disciplinary effort designed to encourage students to put their innovative ideas into practice. The project reflects Oberlin’s musical and artistic excellence, academic rigor, and longstanding commitment to preparing students for leadership and civic engagement. 

Oberlin's approach to entrepreneurship derives from the synergy between the liberal arts and pre-professional training.  It challenges students to imagine their lives beyond Oberlin, to prepare for and "practice" those lives while they are students, and to draw upon and interweave their intellectual and artistic interests, ideas, and aspirations with experiential learning and co-curricular activities as they seek to tackle the questions, challenges, and opportunities of the 21st century. The project emphasizes creativity, leadership, and innovation as attributes at the core of successful ventures in any field.

Open to all Oberlin students, the Creativity & Leadership Project offers various levels of financial support for project development and, through mentored experiential opportunities, courses, workshops, and guest lectures, helps to prepare students for the challenges of implementing their own ideas.

The Creativity & Leadership Project engages a diverse group of constituents, including students, alumni in a variety of fields, friends of the college, and faculty and staff across departments to contribute to the practice and understanding of entrepreneurship. Contact us at creativity@oberlin.edu to see how you can get involved.

Morgan and Kauffman Foundations

Creativity & Leadership: Entrepreneurship at Oberlin is part of the Northeast Ohio Collegiate Entrepreneurship Program (NEOCEP), a Kauffman CampusesSMInitiative funded by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Burton D. Morgan


The mission of The Burton D. Morgan Foundation is to strengthen the free enterprise system by investing in organizations and institutions that foster the entrepreneurial spirit.  In 1967, Burton D. Morgan established the private foundation based in Akron, Ohio.  The primary purpose of the Foundation is to preserve and support the free enterprise system, which Mr. Morgan believed to be America’s greatest asset. 

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works with partners to advance entrepreneurship in America and improve the education of children and youth. The Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman.