Millikin event helps turn innovative ideas into possible businesses
11月11日星期五晚上. 9, when most students took a break from their classwork, a number of aspiring business owners came to 快捷方式启动, an event held at Millikin University's Center for Entrepreneurship co-working hub at BLDD Architects 伊利诺斯州迪凯特市中心.).
Open to the community, 快捷方式启动 is a continuous event that goes for 48 hours. It's an immersive environment where students pitch business ideas and self-organize into teams to 开发 and test their concepts.
The event is overseen seen by Agile 4 Entrepreneurship, a student-run organization through the Center of Entrepreneurship "that utilizes agile to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship at Millikin University," as mentioned on their official social media accounts. Agile 4 Entrepreneurship students work closely with Millikin students to encourage them to identify problems, generate creative and monetizable solutions, and test their viability in a quick and low-cost manner.
A variety of majors were represented at the event, from entrepreneurship and business management to biology and commercial music. The weekend started with an icebreaker as the students practiced how to pitch their business ideas on the fly. Following the icebreaker exercise, students would have another round of pitches that included their own business ideas to which the students would vote on which businesses could be further 开发ed.
选票清点完毕后, 2001 Millikin graduate and BLDD Director of 市场营销 Jessica Whitlock went over the agenda for the next 48 hours, along with guidelines for how to create, 构建, and pitch a business model. 奖金4美元,000 on the line to fund the winning business model, there was a lot at stake for the students, but Whitlock reminded the group, "It's not about the outcome, 关键在于过程."
周六,11月. 10, students worked together to refine their ideas, 开发 a business model and 构建 a prototype. As part of the finale on Sunday, Nov. 11, students pitched business concepts they created in front of judges.
丹尼尔·里维拉, a senior business management major, credits the program for 构建ing his passion for business and entrepreneurship. Before 快捷方式启动, the Center of Entrepreneurship took part in the global event Startup Weekend. After participating in Startup Weekend during his first year at Millikin, 里维拉, 与同事一起, decided to create their own event for students that offered an open and engaging environment to create, 开发, and 构建 business models and prototypes.
里维拉说, "Going to that first event and creating a business started my passion for entrepreneurship. My colleagues and I used those entrepreneurial skills to create our own event to give something back to Millikin and the community."
Formerly named Launch Weekend, Millikin teamed up with BLDD to help students and the community come together to create new, innovative ideas that could 构建 into businesses.
劳拉接近, a senior biology major with a minor in Spanish and chemistry, has been involved with 快捷方式启动 since it first began three semesters ago. In her first year, Nearing and colleagues won for a business model called BluePoint Connections. 今天, BluePoint Connections is making a difference by connecting businesses to qualified Millikin students to fulfill need-based work and internships as well as helping local companies with marketing initiatives.
Nearing believes that this opportunity is unique and encourages all students, 不管他们的专业, to participate in 快捷方式启动.
"This is really special to me because I'm not a business or entrepreneurship major; I'm a biology major. I happened to go one year and it brought out my passion for entrepreneurship. By going outside my comfort zone, I found something that I'm comfortable with and is second nature to me,”接近说. "I always wanted to be a veterinarian because I learned how to be a doctor through my major. 但现在, I hope to open my own clinic, because through this program I learned how to be an entrepreneur."
在活动结束时, each business received seed funding with the most funding going to Chocolate in Your Pocket, 本地音乐团体.