Leadership, creative thought, intellectual risk taking, and reflection. These are skills Middlebury students develop through a multitude of opportunities on and off campus.

Through funding, classes, workshops, and mentoring, as well as dedicated workspaces for ideation and collaboration, the Innovation Hub guides and supports students who want to explore and expand their creative ideas.

Their Paths

Students participate in the Innovation Hub on many levels from attending an event to becoming a Social Entrepreneurship Fellow and everything in between. Students don't need to come here with an idea, they just need to come. 

  • Henry Mound ‘20 MiddChallenge, MiddCORE, Launch VT Jump/Start Collegiate (outside program)

    I participated in Jump/Start Collegiate where I worked with four other students from a variety of Vermont colleges and universities, each with their own product idea. During the nine weeks, I had access to tool training classes and the equipment necessary to refine my MiddCORE innovation idea and use my MiddChallenge grant to develop a prototype of LiquidLights—a wireless, multi-colored lighting system.

    Henry Mound, class of 2020

    MiddChallenge, MiddCORE, Launch VT Jump/Start Collegiate (outside program)

  • Profile_Francoise Niyigena 21_MiddCORE Social Entrepreneurship fellowship

    While attending MiddCORE last summer, I designed an education reform project in Rwanda to help represent youth voices in the movement. With the support of the Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship program, I led an enrichment program for children ages 7-12 where we spent two weeks exploring what it means to be a young changemaker in their communities.

    Francoise Niyigena, class of 2021

    MiddCORE and Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship program

  • Ivy Geilker 19.5 Old Stone Mill The SpeakTEAsy teahouse

    Since its founding in 2017, Middlebury College Tea Club has grown to over 100 student members. This is all thanks to the Old Stone Mill Annex, which has proved to be the perfect space for us to establish our student-run teahouse. Though we are constantly reshaping it—painting it, building, deconstructing, reimagining—to make it our own, we also appreciate the messy and mysterious history of this space we have come to love so much. 

    Ivy Geilker, class of 2019.5

    Old Stone Mill

  • Roni Lezama ‘22 Oratory Now Spencer Prize competition winner, Oratory Now Coach

    At the Innovation Hub, I started off being coached and prepped to participate in the annual Spencer Prize competition but eventually became a coach myself. I spend my time prepping and workshopping with students to hone their oratory skills. If I am not coaching a student at the Innovation Hub then you can find me preparing for another Oratory Now event like Parker Merrill.

    Roni Lezama, class of 2022

    Oratory Now Spencer Prize competition winner, Oratory Now Coach

Innovation Hub
118 South Main Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

innovationhub@middlebury.edu
(802) 443-2037