Innovation Scholars programming provides outstanding liberal arts students from Minnesota’s private colleges and universities the unique opportunity to engage in the business development processes of new medical innovations in real time. Innovation Scholars broadens interdisciplinary learning opportunities by exploring innovations at the intersection of science, business, medicine and entrepreneurship.
Designed in 2006 by retired Medtronic executive, John Meslow, Innovation Scholars has been an innovative model for student experiential learning. The original Mayo Innovation Scholars Program was adapted as a virtual experiential program by John and his team in 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic, building on the evidence-based strengths of MISP.
Today, Innovation Scholars programming is a collaborative effort between selected Minnesota private colleges, the Mayo Clinic and Medical Alley early-stage medical companies.
Financial support comes from the Medtronic Foundation, The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Minnesota private colleges and universities and participating companies.