Hillsborough Community College (HCC) is a national leader in community college entrepreneurship education. Through the inLab @HCC, our interdisciplinary center for innovation and entrepreneurship education, we offer a comprehensive pathway of college credit entrepreneurship certificates and degrees. In addition, we provide non-credit training programs, including: Veterans entrepreneurship boot camps, top of mind educational entrepreneurship workshops, and a host of non-credit programs through our partnership with the HCC Institute for Continuing Education.
Scholarships are available for our college credit programs. To learn more about our various scholarship opportunities, please visit the HCC Foundation website here.
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Each academic pathway involves rapid learning through active scientific experimentation (hypothesis testing) of an idea. Our students spend a great deal of time in the field meeting with potential customers, competitors, suppliers etc. in order to validate or invalidate the core assumptions that startup entrepreneurial ventures all possess. Engagement of the community is vital to this program. Our community partners bring the element of the "real world" directly to the student. Our partners also serve a critical role as an inspiration to our students, showing them what is possible while serving as mentors. If you are currently not enrolled at HCC, begin your journey today, to transform your tomorrow by applying here.
Powered By Students, Fueled By Creativity
Entrepreneurship is more than simply about starting a business. It is a mindset, or way of thinking about the world around us. By cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset, you will develop an extraordinary entrepreneurial competency, and as such develop a stronger sense of empathy for others. This understanding will help shape a recognition that problems in life, are truly opportunities for making the world a better place. Through a foundational understadning about effectuation, you will learn to leverage the resources you already have, so you are better able to act sooner, and develop creative, high impact ideas that help solve big problems, thus making the world a better place.
The tools of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and planned serendipity coupled with access to meaningful mentors and subject matter experts are all key factors that contribute to not only entrepreneurial and innovative success, but life success. Whether you want to try and develop a solution to a problem, start a business, or become a value creator/internal innovator working for an existing business, inlab@HCC helps students develop the most critical skills needed to achieve these goals. inlab@HCC provides a bridge of opportunity between HCC, it's students, and the local, national and global innovation ecosystems.
inlab@ HCC is the centralized hub for all things related to innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, and social venturing offered at Hillsborough Community College (HCC). inlab@ HCC offers a broad collection of academic and co-curricular programs, that include, experiential and applied interdisciplinary college credit certificate and degree programs, mentoring services for entrepreneurs, workshops, internships, research projects, sustainability programs, funding opportunities, and other initiatives. inlab@ HCC is designed to provide students with 21st century skills, based upon creativity, lifelong learning, and designing, developing, launching, and growing high impact ideas that transform the world. We accomplish this through our five IMPACT core pillars: Innovate, Mindset, Purpose, Action, Community, and Transformation.
Through innovative and applied academic programs, students can immerse themselves in learning about innovation by engaging in innovative classes, activities, and projects. Students, along with faculty work across academic disciplines to create a highly creative environment that sparks innovative ideas, while at the same time promoting cross discipline literacy.
All programs offered through inlab@ HCC promote the development of a divergent thinking, and a creative and innovative mindset. This is accomplished through learning about an entrepreneurial way of thinking, effectuation, design thinking, and research. inlab@ HCC also serves as a research lab for exploring, testing, researching, and promoting entrepreneurial and innovative ideas. Conducting research allows students to develop an inquisitive mindset, and the critical importance of always asking the question why? In the research lab, students across all academic disciplines work together along with faculty and community partners to engage in, and co-create research projects that hopefully lead to publication in inlab@ HCC’s own innovation journal called IMPACT.
inlab@ HCC focuses strongly on developing a new way of thinking through development of more purposeful learning and development of a social entrepreneurial mindset. Most people care deeply about the world around them, and are excited to work on developing innovative ideas that contribute toward making the world a better place. Much of social venturing is centered around a strong sense of purpose that ignites creative and innovative solutions to myriad societal, economic, and environmental challenges, If you are a student, faculty member, HCC staff, or a community member that is passionate about promoting positive and purposeful change to our community, and the world around us, inlab@ HCC provides the support and infrastructure to develop impactful and innovative solutions to some of the largest problems we face. We believe that collaborative innovation is the fuel that leads to the co-creation of creative and purposeful solutions.
Everyone has imaginative ideas, but in many cases are unwilling to act on those ideas, due to a lack of confidence, or fear of facing ridicule. We believe that creativity is a form of applied imagination. Imagination alone is worth little without a willingness to take action and try to implement your imaginative ideas. Through our academic programs, workshops, and other co-curricular activities, students develop what David Kelley, Founder of Ideo calls creative confidence. As Kelley puts it, “Creative confidence is about believing in your ability to create change in the world around you.” Through our academic and co-curricular programs, students develop a strong creative confidence, and as such are better positioned to take action on their ideas. This is important on many fronts. Even if you have no desire to start a business, developing creative confidence, and an ability to take action positions you in far more competitive light among 21st century employers.
The word community is at the center of our colleges name, and at the epicenter of our entrepreneurial and innovation programs. The old saying that “it takes a village” is the spirit that fuels the community pillar. HCC has developed very strong relationships in Tampa Bay and across the United States to provide our students with a success network of engaged community partners.
These partners are eager to assist our students through,
b) educational and inspirational speaking engagements,
c) internship opportunities,
d) connecting our students into their own networks.
These partnerships allow us to bridge our students and college with caring and experienced innovators throughout our region and beyond.
The mission of HCC is to empower students to achieve their educational goals and become contributing members of the local community and a global society. inlab@ HCC, across all its programs, is designed to transform and empower students to have a meaningful impact on the world. This mission, which is powered by students and fueled by creativity aligns strongly with that of HCC.
Whether you desire to be a business owner or not, the skills learned through the inlab@ HCC entrepreneurship program, coupled with the development of an entrepreneurial mindset will assist in your ability to add value to employers, overcome challenges in life, and promote a greater sense of perseverance, and grit.
ENT 1000 – Introduction to Entrepreneurship
ENT 1031 – Entrepreneurial Marketing and Sales
ENT 1411 – Small Business Accounting and Finance
ENT 1012 – Entrepreneurial Management
SBM 2000 – Small Business Management
ENT 2612 – Creativity, Innovation and Human Centered Design