Boundaryless Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center
Welcome to the hub of entrepreneurship and innovation at NAU
Welcome to the place for problem-solvers, creative thinkers, curious minds, and those looking to enhance their NAU experience. Whether you’re interested in starting a side hustle, creating a nonprofit, or want to explore your creativity, we’re here to help. At our entrepreneurship and innovation center, we strive to make these experiences an integral part of your time at NAU. Come join us on this exciting journey where the possibilities are infinite and your aspirations become a reality.
Congratulations, graduating NAU class of 2023
Well done, and here’s to another thrilling year of entrepreneurship.
Featured graduating senior entrepreneurs
Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Amanda founded Manda’s Plants to earn money on her own schedule and to, as she said, “keep my plant addiction in check.” She honed her sales skills doing door-to-door across NAU campus and booths along high-traffic areas. Get your plant fix here: https://www.instagram.com/mandas_plants_n_stuff/
Bachelor’s degree in English, Creative Writing
Ender is an artist, writer, and entrepreneur finding ways to make their artist life part of their career life. Ender’s work spans a variety of media and aims to reflect their views on identity and believe, with the goal of making the world a better place. Here’s where you can find their work: https://linktr.ee/irisandapollo
Bachelor’s Degree in Business
Jam is a business student and also a member of the Boundaryless Student Team where she manages the Boundaryless Discord Server. She is also an artist and entrepreneur; you can see (and buy) her work here: https://www.instagram.com/strawbrryjamart/
Bachelor’s degree in Psychology
Jenna earned a Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is a serial entrepreneur with several successful side hustles under her belt, including flipping cars, rebuilding motorcycles, and managing a thriving residential cleaning business (Jenna’s Cleaning Services). Jenna will be pursuing graduate studies in psychology fall 2023.
Master’s in Environmental Science
Aku is an international student who launched her business, Tessa Naturals, an all-natural skincare line, with the help of Boundaryless and the DreamBuilders program. See (and buy) her work here: https://www.instagram.com/tesaa_naturals/
Master’s in Business Administration
Sophia launched her business during the final months of her MBA with the help of Boundaryless and the DreamBuilders program. Her business, Folklore Essence, offers a boutique line of all all-natural, hand-crafted fragrance oils that bring mystical creatures to life through the power of scent. Intrigued? Learn more: https://www.instagram.com/folkloreessence/
An entrepreneurial commencement
Don’t miss this year’s Commencement, featuring entrepreneurs Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Arturo A. Massol-Deyá, executive director of Casa Pueblo, Ty White, the 2023 Arizona Education Foundation Teacher of the Year, and David P. Franke, a principal at Franke & Company. For more information, visit the Commencement page.
Advancing student innovation and entrepreneurship
At NAU, we believe that entrepreneurship reinforces what you learn in the classroom and helps build your résumé with transferable skills and tangible projects. Boundaryless goes beyond turning innovative ideas into successful startups or nonprofits. We empower students to think and act like innovators and entrepreneurs, giving them the tools they need to positively impact the world, both now and after graduation—whatever career path they choose.
The W. A. Franke College of Business
In fall 2022, Boundaryless officially moved to The W. A. Franke College of Business with the continued charge of catalyzing entrepreneurship across the NAU campus, community, and business college.
We’re passionate about helping students become innovators who convert ingenuity into meaningful action and value. Our mission is to empower your pursuit of entrepreneurship and foster creativity in your ideas so you can transform them into startups. Visit our website to learn more about what we mean when we say innovation and entrepreneurship are for everyone. Discover how Boundaryless can help you turn your ideas into reality.
2022–23 by the numbers
student ventures started and/or supported, from starting out and getting a first sale to filing for LLCs and hiring first employees
students, faculty, staff, and community members walked through our doors, attended events, enrolled in courses, and got involved in the fun this year
earned by student side hustles working with Boundaryless, with most students earning $30+/hour working for themselves on their own schedules, gaining valuable real-world experience. Learn more about the Boundaryless Student Marketplace program helping students start and grow their side ventures: https://nau.edu/boundaryless/boundarylessnau/boundaryless-student-marketplace/
total events across 32 weeks, engaging over 3,000 students, faculty, staff, and community members
students enrolled in Boundaryless for-credit courses
students with a declared Undergraduate Certificate in Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving. This unique certificate is designed to fit even the most rigorous/credit-heavy majors from every college on campus.
Explore our Boundaryless resources
Become a certified innovator and problem solver. Certificates go on your transcripts and look great on a résumé and LinkedIn. Check out the courses you can add to your major (many take care of Liberal Studies requirements).
The Lumberjack Lounge is one of those campus gems. Stop in, hang out, and get inspired (or take a break). It’s not only a perfect study spot or lunchtime haunt; there are also conference tables and tech workspaces, high-powered PCs for video/photo editing, comfy furniture, supportive friends, Boundaryless team members, and resources available during regular hours.
Make the most of your time at NAU, and have a great time while you’re at it. We host workshops, speakers, information sessions, lunches, competitions, and much more.
Have an idea? Solving a problem? Wanting to change the world? Our team is here to support you and connect you to resources that can help your ideas become reality.