In partnership with Linda and Paul McConnell, Ursuline Academy launched “The 1313 Innovation Center powered by Ursuline.” This initiative is focused on promoting innovation and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit for students of all ages. The Center is an outgrowth of The University of Delaware’s Horn Program in Entrepreneurship and features a college level class on entrepreneurship. Through the Ursuline/Salesianum exchange program, students can earn up to 2 college credits. Initially, in addition to the entire student body at Ursuline Academy, the Center also serves Salesianum School, Nativity Preparatory School and Serviam Academy with plans to include to additional schools in the future as a service to the community.
On campus, The 1313 Innovation Center powered by Ursuline is the hub for:
- Seminar space for faculty and students
- Speaker Series featuring topics related to entrepreneurship & innovation
Innovation & entrepreneurship co-working space where students can explore and develop ideas while working alongside like-minded students under the mentorship of an innovation leader
The use of space for the Center will be conducive to creative and innovative thinking within a comfortable and collaborative workspace with plenty of technology.
“Think of sitting around a campfire and sharing ideas,” says Cathie Field Lloyd, past President of Ursuline Academy. “The Center will be a place where both students and faculty can connect and think freely. There are no right or wrong answers, only creative solutions.”
Outside the Classroom
The Innovation Class toured Masley Enterprises, a glove-making business owned by Donna and Frank Masley (parents of Paige Masley ’17). Donna Masley shared her experience in solely running the operation in Wilmington and encouraged the students to stick with their ideas, keep careful records and notes of their concepts, and always treat others fairly. Each student received a piece of cow’s hide to hang on their backpacks as a reminder of this motivational visit with Mrs. Masley as they aspire to develop their own business concepts.
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“The most beneficial part of this class to me was learning how to make connections and be innovative. It taught me to always stay thinking because there are innovations that can be made everywhere, and that it is essential to think childlike. I also learned that no idea is a bad idea and not to be afraid to share your thoughts.” – Rachel Farina ’18