Innovation Hub

Entrepreneurship Center

The infusion of entrepreneurship concepts and practices into the Westcliff student experience prepares graduates for visionary leadership and professional success.

SMART™ MBA Consulting

Westcliff University’s Strategic Management of Applied Research and Technology (SMART™) capstone program enables MBA students who are in their final semester to apply the latest graduate-level theories of business management to help local, national and global enterprises. The students provide recommendations for real-world challenges to overcome obstacles through an eight or sixteen-week professional consulting arrangement.

The MBA teams are hand-selected based on the project and matched with their work experience and curriculum in areas of strategy, marketing, finance, operations among others. Incorporating data-driven analysis and business insights, providing a fresh outside perspective to tackle business challenges.

The experience:

  • Work with a team of 5-6 MBA students
  • Dedicated project focus over an eight or sixteen-week timeframe
  • Faculty coaching and guided project management
  • Agreed upon project milestones keep projects on time and up to scope
  • Both oral and written deliverables at the end of the semester

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Westcliff IGNITE Incubator

Westcliff University supports an entrepreneurial culture among our student body due to the tremendous advantage we believe it will provide students upon graduation. The IGNITE Incubator is designed to be a synergistic relationship between the University and companies that maintain residency on campus. Students are directly exposed to the startup experience with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their programs to a living, breathing organization. 

In support of Westcliff’s entrepreneurial culture, IGNITE provides a home for startup companies looking to grow their business with support from the university and ongoing collaboration with student teams.

Distinguished Innovator Speaker Series

Promoting the top minds across a diverse array of business and technology fields to share the experiences and insights with the Westcliff community and the world.


One-on-one mentorship and coaching services to support the growth and development of student entrepreneurs at any stage of the start-up process.