comes to teaching this new way of thinking, finding innovative
ways to infuse entrepreneurship across campus.
well as several entrepreneurship-focused Business courses
are now offered. Faculty, staff and administrators work
closely with community partners, including the Deshpande
Foundation, the Merrimack Valley Small Business Center, and
E for All, to help create a stimulating curriculum that helps
students understand the roles entrepreneurship and innovation
play in a variety of fields.
Development and Entrepreneur Assistance (IDEA) Center,
which can help faculty, staff, students and community
members connect with the resources they need to get
started on making their ideas become a reality. (See related
story p. 10). The IDEA Center also sponsors a variety of
entrepreneurship programs each semester, including special
events, panel discussions, and workshops.
Business elective, that really introduces students to thinking
like true entrepreneurs, while learning the foundational skills
they need to start and maintain success.
to start a real business. They have to generate a business
idea, calculate start-up costs, keep track of profit and loss,
set up an e-commerce website, as well as market and sell
their products or services all while engaging in a little
made up of prominent business owners in our community. The
teams have to learn how to talk about their business, express
its value, and present it to others. It's kind of like the popular
television show `Shark Tank,'" said Hargis.
select a winning group. The winning group receives a $200
cash prize, which most groups then give to a charity of their
choosing, explained Hargis.
Previous student projects have ranged from selling homemade
sweets, bracelets, duffle bags, T-shirts and sarongs, to
starting a business-card design business.
wait for everything to line up for them," explained Hargis.
"They line it up as they go along, based on what they have
in front of them.
They are looking for ways to solve a problem, but they want
to do it in their own way," she said. "They aren't afraid to try
new and different things to see what works."
Stacie Hargis, Assistant Professor, Business, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-280-3854.