Welcome to the
First Annual New Venture Plan Competition
The Award Winners
Pictured from Left to Right: 1st Place Winner, Martha McAvoy; 2nd Place Winner, Brittany William; 3rd Place Winner, Kelsey Roggemann.
Competition Winner and Judges
Pictured from Left to Right: Director of the SEED Center, Dr. Marko Grünhagen; 1st Place Winner, Martha McAvoy; Sponsor and Competition Judge from Prairie City Bakery, Bill Skeens; Competition Judge from First Mid Illinois Bank & Trust, Cassie Roberts; and Entrepreneurship Professor, Dr. Michael Dobbs.
The Entrepreneurship Minor helps you develop your creative ideas.
Entrepreneurs—individuals who create and nurture new products and ventures—are a vital part of the economy, but many entrepreneurs lack the knowledge and skills needed to capitalize on their innovative ideas. Through the minor in entrepreneurship, students learn to recognize new business opportunities, apply creativity and innovation to develop those opportunities, identify funding resources, and to develop a venture plan. The minor in entrepreneurship is designed for students from all majors who may want to work in a family business, start or manage their own business, or to start a professional practice or skill-based business.
The Entrepreneurship Minor offers a core of courses focused on hands-on learning directed by experienced faculty.
Learn how to:
Create a sustainable venture
Protect your creative ideas
Explore financial funding sources
Evaluate legal aspects of incorporating a new venture
Develop a venture plan
Outside the classroom, the Entrepreneurship Minor provides co-curricular activitiesdesigned to enhance students' experience and exposure to successful entrepreneurs and the process of creating a new venture.
Real-life entrepreneurs share their inspiring experiences with Entrepreneurship students
A student organization chapter led by Entrepreneurship students with the recognition and support of a national student organization
Field trips to see Entrepreneurs "in action"
Opportunities for research projects in Entrepreneurship mentored by individual faculty members
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