The laboratory, which opened in 2009, is a place for faculty, students and entrepreneurs to collaborate
John S. Brinzo, who graduated from Kent State in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, funded both the initial construction of the Entrepreneurship Laboratory and its recent expansion.
“Entrepreneurship students and faculty will benefit greatly from the generous support of John Brinzo,” said Deborah F. Spake, Ph.D., dean of Kent State’s College of Business Administration. “His initial gift established the John S. Brinzo Laboratory in the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation. As the program has grown, there was a need for additional space for student-faculty-
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation’s mission is based on three pillars: student experiences and education, entrepreneurship research and outreach.
“The impact of research coming out of Kent State is undeniable,”
Brinzo began his successful career in 1969 as a financial analyst with Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., the leading supplier of iron ore products in North America. Through the years, Brinzo worked his way up through Cleveland-Cliffs until he was named chairman in 2000, where he remained until he retired in 2006.
As he addressed the crowd at the ribbon-cutting event, Brinzo said entrepreneurship was what America was built on and that the only way to build on entrepreneurship was through brainpower. He said he was proud to support the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at Kent State and watch it nurture and grow.
“I may have written the check, but this program succeeds because of the students, the faculty and the administrators,”
For more information about the John S. Brinzo Entrepreneurship Laboratory and the College of Business Administration at Kent State, visit www.kent.edu/