Driving game-changing innovation requires more than just a great idea.

At Kellogg, we equip students with the skill set to drive innovation across enterprises – startups, rapidly scaling ventures, family and middle-market businesses and established corporations.

Our faculty teach students to identify a problem, design a solution based on a customer-centric approach, launch a product or service of high-value and then continue to iterate on that innovation. Our program is as agile and nimble as the startups our students are launching and scaling. We support entrepreneurs and innovators as they overcome the hurdles founders and growth leaders face in the real world. Just as we teach our students to continuously seek customer feedback, we too continuously iterate and expand our program based on the needs of Kellogg student entrepreneurs, innovators and growth leaders.

Since re-launching our program in the fall of 2012, we have expanded our course offerings, our faculty bench, piloted and grown several student fellows programs, and seen continued success for our student and alumni innovators – and we’re just getting started. We encourage you to learn more about our program.

Linda Darragh

Message from Director Linda Darragh
Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship / Larry Levy Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

Ben Jones

Message from faculty director Ben Jones
Gordon and Llura Gund Family Professor of Entrepreneurship / Professor of Strategy / Faculty Director, Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

Our Leaders and Staff

The KIEI team works closely with students, alumni and the startup and innovation community to keep the Kellogg curriculum and programming as agile as the companies our students are launching and scaling.

Deborah Brauer

Associate Director, Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

Jennifer Herold

Zell Fellows Program Manager

Shannon Camperson

Marketing Manager

Stephanie Swenson

Financial Coordinator, Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

Mary Jane Solomon

Program Assistant

Brenda McDaniel

Program Assistant

Sarah Stein

Senior Program Coordinator, KIEI

Kristina Ruderman

Curriculum Coordinator, Strategic Initiatives

Tyler Seybold

Program Assistant, Zell Fellows Program

Matt Zoerink

Sr. Program Manager, KIEI: Corporate Innovation

Rahi Gurung

Assistant Director of Center for Research in Technology and Innovation

Rishav Subedi

Program Assistant, CRTI

Senior Program Coordinator, Center for Family Enterprise


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Learn about the Kellogg innovation & entrepreneurship program


The Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative hosts events year-round for students, alumni, faculty and a strong entrepreneurial network.


Our faculty and programming provide real-world insights and solutions to the broader business community.