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Students Attend Entrepreneurship Week

August 22, 2013 - by Ashley Sams

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Five Mount Union students represented the University of Mount Union’s entrepreneurship program in August while attending an Entrepreneurship Immersion Week (EIW) put on by the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium (EEC) at Hiram College.

Mount Union became a member of the EEC just this year and joined 10 other institutions – (Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace, Case Western University, Cleveland State University, Hiram College, John Carroll University, Kent State University, Lake Erie College, Lorain County Community College and the University of Akron).

EIW is a week-long experience for undergraduate students from all disciplines to gain a better understanding of the skills and tools necessary to become an entrepreneur. This year’s Mount Union team consisted of senior marketing major Joshua Clemence of Akron, OH; senior computer science major Aaron DeAngelis of Euclid, OH; sophomore management and sociology major Rachel Gardner of Kent, OH; junior marketing major Ashley Sams of Alliance, OH; and sophomore Mackenzie Shivers of Salem, OH. Throughout the week, area entrepreneurs presented business concepts to students in order to help them develop a business model, which students presented at the end of the week to competition judges.

Matt Stinson, director of advancement and administrative director of entrepreneurship at Mount Union, served as the team’s advisor.

“The best part of EIW for me was getting to know the students better and seeing them work through the entrepreneurial process,” Stinson said. “The students came together as individuals on Sunday with no pre-conceived new business ideas and by Friday they were a solid team presenting a very polished idea that I would consider to be viable in the marketplace. I was extremely proud of their attitudes and their work.”

“It’s amazing how much you can learn when you really set your mind to it,” said Sams. “We thought of an idea, developed a prototype, marketing plan, revenue streams and contacted professionals for advice and presented it to a panel of judges all within six days.”

“EIW was an extraordinary experience and a highlight of my summer,” said Shivers. “Not only did the EEC provide me with the opportunity to test my business and entrepreneurial skills, but also the information necessary to be successful through relevant seminars. I left with a greater knowledge of my field and a strong network of teammates, colleagues and advisors.”

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