Entrepreneurial education can be life-changing, particularly for young people struggling with poverty and other oppressive situations, says Steve Mariotti, entrepreneur, former special-education teacher and founder of the nonprofit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. SmartBrief Education talked with Mariotti about how students can benefit from learning about entrepreneurship and business ownership and how teachers can implement these lessons in their classrooms.
In celebration of Stefania Rivero’s 8th birthday, her mother baked a themed cake. Wide-eyed and observing every effortless technique was young Rivero, mesmerized not only by her mother’s final creation, but also by the creative process. Little did the duo expect that those moments would guide the trajectory of Rivero’s life.
Sixty-seven teams representing Cornell and other universities such as Princeton and Binghamton came together to brainstorm and develop projects ranging from website applications to hardware prototypes that centered around this year’s theme of “Community Superheros.”
“A venture capital firm fundamentally is about investing in private, high-growth companies,” explains Jennifer Tegan MBA ’01, managing partner of Ithaca-based Cayuga Venture Fund.
Officials dedicated space on campus for members of the GW community to receive guidance about their startup ideas from advisers and industry experts. The Innovation+Entrepreneurship Lab, located at the 2000 Penn complex, includes open coworking space and conference rooms and is open to students, faculty, staff and alumni during business hours. Lex McCusker, the director of student entrepreneurship programs in the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, said the lab allows people to take advantage of resources – like student advisers and workshops – to flesh out their ideas.
Facing a deadline of just five days, UB student teams worked together in a competition to address a critical problem plaguing colorectal surgeries. Students participating this summer in UB BLAST (Business, Law and Surgical Technology) came together in a startup boot camp to develop a medical device to solve the devastating and costly surgical complication of anastomotic leaks.
Rachel Masterson has dreamed of being an entrepreneur most of her life since her dad launched his own business 18 years ago. This year, Masterson and about 20 other graduate students from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and W. P. Carey School of Business are the inaugural students taking Startup Investing to learn about angel networks and financing options for startups.
Cornell’s accelerator for student startups, eLab, recently accepted its 2019-20 cohort of 24 businesses, the most in its history. The for-credit program, which received a record number of applications, puts startups through a rigorous nine-month process of refining their ideas, while preparing them to launch companies.
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By Jonathan Maze on Oct. 09, 2019
Eight Penn State student startups showcased their innovations at the Student Startup Showcase as part of the 2019 Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference held on Oct. 3. The student companies were selected for their winning participation in the Inc.U Competition and the Penn State Summer Founders program. Each of the student-based companies received $2,000 to help move their companies forward.IMAGE: PENN STATE