Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box]

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box]

Case Western Reserve University's center for innovation and entrepreneurship provides a space for anyone – students, faculty, and alumni and members of the community – to tinker and creatively invent. Located in a seven-story, 50,000 square foot facility, with three floors occupied and more under renovation, this $35 million project is the largest open-access innovation center at any university in the world. By the numbers, Sears think[box] receives over 5,000 visits each month, making it the third-most popular facility on campus, seconded only by the athletics center and the library. Popularity grows within on-campus researchers as well – currently Sears think[box] is the second-most cited core facility on campus and rapidly becoming the number-one reason STEM students are enrolling at Case Western Reserve.

 

Plenty of students and startups are using Sears think[box] to bring their ideas to life. They've built an electric fuel-cell bicycle that can go 150 miles on a single charge, developed a hand-held devide that detects malaria faster and even designed electronically-connected teddy bears, that let loved ones hug each other from a distance.