We’re the Idea Lab, part of the Zahn Innovation Platform.

We help people to solve their problems using Design Thinking and other creative problem solving tools. We help the people in our SDSU community – people, teams and organizations – on campus and afar. We also work with the business community to help them solve problems, develop products and services, and improve process.

The Idea Lab is led by Director Kevin Popovic and supported by a team of student interns and faculty. The facility is located in the Education Business Administration (EBA) building in room 445 and is open during normal business hours.

About the Zahn Innovation Platform

Idea Lab is funded by a generous grant from the Moxie Foundation. With this gift San Diego State University has developed the Zahn Innovation Platform (ZIP), a campus-wide hub for collaboration across disciplines, the exploration of new ideas and the launch of new ventures. ZIP facilitates problem-solving and inspire students, faculty and staff to pursue their creative ideas.

  • The ZIP Launchpad is an incubator that provide SDSU students, faculty and staff with support and resources to bring their idea to life and launch their own start-up. This includes the HG Fenton Idea Lab for rapid prototyping which offers state of the art h/w and s/w experimentation and prototyping support.
  • The ZIP Idea Lab will use Design Thinking to facilitate collaborative problem solving for all types of design challenges across campus and in the community.
  • The ZIP Lounge will be located within the EIS Entrepreneurship Center that will host the ZIP Launchpad, HG Fenton Idea Lab, Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and ZIP Idea Lab.

kp-introThe ZIP Idea Lab expands the commercial and social innovation and entrepreneurship resources at SDSU which include the ZIP Launchpad (established in 2012 as the Zahn Innovation Center) and Lavin Entrepreneurship Center.

The success of Zahn Center startups has helped SDSU break into the top 25 on FORBES Magazine’s list of America’s Most Entrepreneurial Universities.

We believe that entrepreneurial thought and action extend far beyond starting a venture; it’s a critical skill set that we want every member of the SDSU community equipped with. – Peter Zahn, President of the Moxie Foundation”

The expansion and reorganization of the existing Zahn Innovation Center (newly renamed as ZIP Launchpad) into ZIP will provide new opportunities for collaboration between ZIP and the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, both of which will eventually be located in SDSU’s Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences (EIS) Complex, scheduled for completion in 2018. The $90-million EIS Complex will become a campus hub of interdisciplinary STEM research that has potential for real-world application.

Moxie Foundation“We are enthusiastic to bring these new initiatives to fruition at SDSU,” said Peter Zahn, President and Director of the Moxie Foundation. “ZIP will give all students, faculty and staff opportunities to solve problems in new ways and gain skills they can use for the rest of their lives. We foresee SDSU teams collaborating, not only as entrepreneurs, but also as agents of change in the community.”