Generation Z, seniors in high school and those entering college this fall, is among the most entrepreneurial in U.S. history and the University of St. Thomas Schulze School of Entrepreneurship in St. Paul, Minn. has a new take on curriculum for its students this year.
The incoming undergraduate students at the University of St. Thomas Schulze School of Entrepreneurship have a challenge with a Shark Tank experience that will award $10,000 in scholarships to help students craft their own business ideas.
“Freshman Immersion” is an intense two-day program where students form teams, develop a marketable solution to a problem and pitch it to a panel of judges. The program finals start at 3:00 p.m. on Sept. 4 on the St. Paul, Minn. campus. Training is provided by the University of St. Thomas Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, founded by Dick Schulze, founder of Best Buy.
Recent studies show that students want entrepreneurial education in college to learn how to start a business, but so few colleges and universities offer this education. This program wants to allow students to learn business strategies as they develop big-picture ideas at the start of this school year.
“Generation Z (seniors in high school and those entering college this fall) is among the most entrepreneurial in U.S. history, with more than 70 percent of members of this demographic saying they plan to start their own company someday,” says Brian Abraham, Ph.D., the associate dean of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. “The Innovation Immersion is designed to immerse first-year students across the university into a common experience while being true to our mission. It is meant to be thought-provoking, educational and community building, exposing the student body to significant world problems and allowing them the opportunity to begin to address these problems with solutions to advance the common good,” says Abraham.
The University of St. Thomas Schulze School of Entrepreneurship is excited to offer this unique innovation immersion program to a broad spectrum of incoming students and a select group of high school students. It’s a new curriculum idea focusing on entrepreneurship, strategies and ways to build skills early in a student’s academic career to be successful during and after college. “Entrepreneurship is not exclusive to our business students, but rather a cross-campus, cross-faculty initiative,” says Abraham. “This program will provide our cross-disciplinary students an introduction to entrepreneurship.”
The Sept. 4 event concludes with a presentation by sought-after entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki, formerly with Apple and author of “The Art of the Start” which Shark Tank Judge Mark Cuban says is the ultra-entrepreneurs handbook. Guy’s presentation starts at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 in St. Paul and is free and open to the public.
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