Franz Center

The Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation supports all University of Portland students in the development of leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation skills, knowledge, and mindsets.

Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Leadership is the intentional process of inviting others to join together to address vital needs and goals within our relationships and our communities.

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Entrepreneurship at the University of Portland combines experiential learning opportunities with a values-based education that emphasizes integrity, opportunity recognition, risk-taking, and hard work. The Franz Center facilitates connections among students, alumni, faculty, and industry practitioners that enable powerful collaboration and real-world results.

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Innovation at the University of Portland fosters the mindset of creativity and empathy in the interdisciplinary collaboration of transforming ideas into value. Innovation programs take students beyond the traditional academic experience to focus on the four key principles of creativity, empathy, making, and collaboration. 

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