The IU Southeast School of Business partnered with the Purdue Research Foundation for the second annual Entrepreneurship Academy at Purdue Research Park, held at IU Southeast.
Twenty-five junior and senior high school students from Kentucky and Indiana were nominated and selected to attend this year’s academy. Local entrepreneurs Jyll Stuart, Kelby Price, Matt Langan, Ed Fancher and Felicia Allen, acted as mentors to teams of students, guiding their team through a week-long process of pitching a start-up company.
Each team of students was assigned a technology-based product that after one week would be pitched “Shark Tank-style” to a panel of judges. Students researched and created a business plan around their product, considering factors like market viability, capital need and competition.
After building on strategies and tactics learned at the academy and pulling from the years of experience their mentors could bring to the table, each team was put to the test in a realistic product pitch where only one team would come away the victor, winning not only the competition, but also tuition vouchers accepted at IU Southeast and all Purdue University campuses.
For more information about the Entrepreneurship Academy, contact the School of Business at (812) 941-2325.