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Students Attend Entrepreneurship Immersion Week

August 21, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio— Five students traveled to The University of Akron to represent the University of Mount Union during Entrepreneurship Immersion Week this summer.

Alex Camp, sophomore management and marketing major of Walworth, New York.; Ty Frank, senior management and marketing major of Massillon, Ohio; Justin Lepley, sophomore marketing and management major of Louisville, Ohio; Dylan Seitz, senior marketing major of Parma, Ohio and James Weber, junior management and sport business major of Auburn, Indiana worked together in a competition against 10 other schools to create a new business idea. Faculty members Mike Kachilla, director of entrepreneur studies, and Matt Stinson, lecturer of entrepreneur studies, served as advisors for the group.

Throughout the week, the team worked to decide on a problem that they could solve and developed a business idea for their solution. The team decided to create a business model for a mobile app that would allow sports fans to order their concessions and then pick them up. They developed a complete business plan for their new app, “Jump the Line.”

Lectures and presentations were planned to help students throughout the process from the initial brainstorming to every facet of running a business. Speakers provided helpful advice to students to help them build their ideas over the course of the week. The lectures were given by alumni of the program, entrepreneurs from the Northeast Ohio area, the president of The University of Akron and individuals representing various business accelerator programs.

“This was an amazing experience,” said Lepley. “It provided the opportunity to observe lectures and immediately apply the information to a real world situation as our group developed our business plan. This process really helped to create a deeper understanding of what it means to be an entrepreneur.”

The speakers, directors and fellow students were all incredibly inspirational according to Camp, who said that participating in the program was the best decision she made all summer. The speakers had a wealth of knowledge to share with the students.

"Two of the most important things I learned that you need as an entrepreneur are persistence and passion,” said Camp. “It was a pleasure to work with such a motivated, driven and creative group of individuals. People with different backgrounds and talents came together and played off of each other’s strengths to create something great.”

Awards were given to the top three teams. While the representatives of the University of Mount Union did not place, Kachilla believes that they performed exceptionally.

“I am so proud of the five students who participated in the event,” he said. “They represented themselves and the University in an extraordinary manner and I believe they are winners. As I told them, the customer is the ultimate judge.”

The students worked hard all week to represent themselves and the University. Looking back, they knew that their efforts paid off.

“Working with a team of students and faculty who were so passionate about what we were doing really influenced me to pursue starting up my own company,” said Seitz. “Entrepreneurs and other facilitators we met were very impressed with our idea and knowledge which shows how strong our entrepreneurship program is at the University of Mount Union."

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