Entrepreneurship Seminar: INNOVATE at Virginia Tech

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Entrepreneurship Seminar: INNOVATE at Virginia Tech

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On November 13, all BHS students had the opportunity to attend an Entrepreneurship Seminar hosted by the Blacksburg High School DECA Chapter. Students who dropped in to watch the seminar were treated to a panel of guest speakers who shared their experiences with entrepreneurship.

Among the various speakers was a group of representatives from INNOVATE, a living-learning community at Virginia Tech. At INNOVATE, VT students immerse themselves in the practice of entrepreneurship and learn skills they will need to start a business.

“This is a really unique program that is part of the entrepreneurship effort at VT, and it is open to all students, not just those studying business…. I absolutely think students should consider INNOVATE if they are planning to attend VT,” said Mrs. Radford, business and marketing teacher.

Through INNOVATE, students learn how to utilize specific skill sets such as marketing, finance, and startups. Applicants do not need experience in the field of entrepreneurship to get into INNOVATE, but it is helpful to have some knowledge about startups prior to applying. Students who are interested in applying to INNOVATE during college are encouraged to utilize entrepreneurship classes provided at BHSwhich are taught by Mrs. Radford.

“Taking any marketing and business class would help those who are interested in entrepreneurship to solidify ideas…. DECA competition also offers many ways for budding entrepreneurs to showcase what they might be doing right now,” said Radford.

According to Maria Massa, a sophomore who attended the seminar, studying at INNOVATE looks like “a perfect college experience.”

“I don’t have much interest in starting a business. But from what I saw, INNOVATE looks like a really cool program, and I would suggest that people look into it,” said Massa.

Luckily for aspiring entrepreneurs, the current economic climate has proved itself beneficial to Americans with startups. According to Forbes Magazine their article, “Entrepreneurs: Here’s Good News For 2018,” “2018 could be a banner year for entrepreneurs” because American entrepreneurship is on the rise as of this year.

Those who are interested in applying to INNOVATE at VT can contact Laura Townsend, the program director, for additional info at [email protected]. All VT students can apply regardless of their major.

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