Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center – a place “where dreams take flight” and a source of inspiration to students, staff, faculty, and alumni of Ivy Tech Community College Northwest and all of Northwest Indiana.

After former President Gerald I. Lamkin announced his retirement, the center was renamed the Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center.

The Center is the region’s innovation and entrepreneurship gateway to lifelong innovators, lifelong learners and lifelong leaders. In our efforts to inspire innovation and creativity, we discover, honor and celebrate individual and team innovators.

For example, our highest award for team innovation is the Chanute Prize for Team Innovation. We recognize Octave Chanute for his 19th Century experiments on the Indiana Dunes that helped launched the success of the Wright Brothers on the Carolina coast.

Our goal at the center is two-fold:

1) to provide learning through the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute which has various components; and

2) to celebrate and stimulate innovators in inspire innovation across the generations through the Society of Innovators.

Change is evitable and we like to think that we take a proactive approach in advocating change for the betterment of our school and community. To accomplish this, the center offers a number of programs.


Listed below are various projects sponsored through the Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center:

Imagine If…
Imagine If… is a college sponsored event for elementary, middle school, and high school students that engages them in experiencing different jobs and careers.

What’s Your Idea?

The “What’s Your Idea?” campaign is open to all Ivy Tech Community College students, faculty, administrators and alumni to take an active part in the growth and development of the college. All parties are invited each semester to submit their idea(s) for improving, adding or changing something about processes, procedures or environmental improvements through our website.

The most innovative and practical idea is selected from each campus and the winner is presented a $50 award at the annual Chancellor’s Awards Breakfast.

The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana

The Society of Innovators is an initiative to celebrate and promote innovation and innovators in Northwest Indiana sponsored by the college and various partners. We recognize many innovators each year.

Each year, nominations are accepted online during an eight-week period for individuals and teams doing innovative things across the 7 counties of Northwest Indiana. Nominations are accepted from Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke Counties. For details about how to make an individual and/or team nomination, please visit www.ivytech.edu/northwest for details.

The Chanute Prize, a team award, is presented to an outstanding team that demonstrates innovation through collaboration. This award is jointly sponsored by The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana and the law firm of Krieg DeVault. ArcelorMittal R&D Global Center, East Chicago, is Chair of The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana. John Davies, Assistant Director, Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, also serves as Managing Director, The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana.

The Innovators’ Café
This event is a workplace initiative to educate regional executive leaders about innovative best practices and provide a forum for the community to have an inside look at those practices. A total of 20 Cafes have been held at various worksites since 2006.

The I &E Chats
These Chats (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Chats) are a series of gatherings with students in the classroom in which innovators and entrepreneurs share their real-life experiences about risk and reward in the marketplace.