‘Student entrepreneurship week’ is coming to the University of Michigan
Student entrepreneurship week is coming at the University, and it’s getting students interested in entrepreneurship, new research shows.
On the first week of September, students are encouraged to get their hands dirty, and engage in creative and innovative ways, such as creating a new startup.
The event also aims to provide a “civic platform” for students to network, learn and build relationships, said Stephanie Lefkowitz, director of student entrepreneurship development.
“We want to create a space where people can really come together to share ideas, to collaborate and to network,” she said.
“That’s something we really want to expand into this fall,” she added.
Lefkowits work is being funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, and the U-M School of Engineering has been collaborating with local students to organize workshops and other events.
“The idea is that these events will help people get their heads around the entrepreneurial process, how to build a business, and how to be part of an organization, and that they’ll help to create that entrepreneurial space,” said Dr. Amy Daugherty, director for the University’s entrepreneurship program.
Participants will work through a series of challenges in an attempt to make the most of the week, and to find their own way through the process.
“It’s a lot of self-directed learning,” said Lefksowitz.
Students who want to be a part of the next iteration of the event can find more information about how to participate at the Student Entrepreneurship Development Program website.
The program is open to students from any U-Mass community, including undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
To participate, students need to register online and apply by October 11.
Participants will receive a personalized gift certificate from the university.
The event will also be open to all students, but only for the first two weeks.