In this culminating event of Ursinus's inaugural year of its entrepreneurial competition,
U-Innovate!, student teams present their "big ideas" for solving market or social problems to a panel of alumni and community judges.
Over the past several months, Ursinus students developed ideas to enter into this entrepreneurial-minded competition, which calls on students to develop "inspired, imaginative and innovative ideas for a product or service that fulfills a market need and/or solves a social problem."
Winners, who will be announced at the event, will receive cash awards and the opportunity to live on campus during the summer to start working on their projects with a faculty mentor. The awards are $7,500 for first prize, $5,000 for second place, and $3,000 for third place, through a generous contribution from alumnus and Trustee Will Abele.
Rob Gilfillan, founder and CEO of Cenero, will give a keynote talk, "Four Key Fundamentals I Wish I Understood Before Starting My Business." A 1991 graduate of Ursinus, he was instrumental in building a technology-focused business before co-founding Cenero, an audio visual and conference solutions provider.
The competition is a program of U-Imagine! The Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies. Directed by an interdisciplinary faculty team of Carol Cirka from Business and Economics, Rebecca Jaroff from English, and April Kontostathis from Mathematics and Computer Science, the new center imbues an entrepreneurial spirit and fosters entrepreneurial competencies in students, regardless of major or post-graduate goals. Its mission is to give students the confidence and the ability to recognize and take full advantage of opportunities to apply their learning and become creative and compassionate leaders. Through the center, every student at Ursinus is encouraged to be an entrepreneurial thinker.
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