skills students – Shiawase Win http://shiawase-win.com/ Thu, 10 Mar 2022 14:13:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://shiawase-win.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/profile-30-150x150.png skills students – Shiawase Win http://shiawase-win.com/ 32 32 Yahaya urges FCE to step up teaching of entrepreneurial skills – Blueprint Newspapers Limited https://shiawase-win.com/yahaya-urges-fce-to-step-up-teaching-of-entrepreneurial-skills-blueprint-newspapers-limited/ Wed, 01 Dec 2021 19:13:19 +0000 https://shiawase-win.com/yahaya-urges-fce-to-step-up-teaching-of-entrepreneurial-skills-blueprint-newspapers-limited/ Inuwa Yahaya, Governor of Gombe Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has urged the leadership of the Federal College of (Technical) Education in Gombe to intensify the teaching of entrepreneurial skills to students to inculcate the spirit of self-reliance and creation of wealth to young people. Governor Yahaya made this call in his remarks […]]]>
Inuwa Yahaya, Governor of Gombe

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has urged the leadership of the Federal College of (Technical) Education in Gombe to intensify the teaching of entrepreneurial skills to students to inculcate the spirit of self-reliance and creation of wealth to young people.

Governor Yahaya made this call in his remarks and goodwill message during the combined graduation ceremony and awarding of the Gombe College scholarship.

The governor, who congratulated the graduate students, expressed his administration’s readiness to support any initiative that would help train, empower and integrate young people.

Governor Yahaya also commended the leadership of the college under Dr. Ali Boderi for working diligently to bring rapid growth and development to the college.

Also speaking, Education Minister Malam Adamu Adamu said the federal government has released 6 billion naira to improve teaching, periodic curriculum review and development in six colleges of education across the country.

Adamu said the funds were provided to the schools through the Higher Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

He said that TETFUND recently inaugurated the establishment of centers of excellence in six colleges of education in each of the geopolitical zones, to promote specialization in pedagogy, curriculum review and development.

The Minister, represented by Prof. Paulinus Okwelle, Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), said each of the institutions had received N1 billion as seed grant for the project.

He said the gesture would be supported over the next five years by TETFUND.

Adamu said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has launched reform policies aimed at repositioning the education sector and improving Nigeria’s human capital index.

Earlier, the chairman of the institution’s board of trustees, Alhaji Sahabi Gada, commended the federal government for the timely intervention in awarding the erosion control project under the Ecological Fund, to resolve the problem of erosion in the college.

Gada advised graduate students to use technical, vocational and entrepreneurial skills effectively to become self-sufficient and employers of labor, adding that “entrepreneurship is the answer to the challenges of unemployment.”

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Cultivating the Seed of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Development https://shiawase-win.com/cultivating-the-seed-of-undergraduate-entrepreneurship-development/ Tue, 26 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://shiawase-win.com/cultivating-the-seed-of-undergraduate-entrepreneurship-development/ NNA | Update: October 26, 2021 11:21 am STI Pune (Maharashtra) [India]October 26 (ANI/SRV Media): Symbiosis Center for Management Studies, Pune is one of the country’s leading management institutes dedicated to excellence in teaching, learning and research.It is also one of the few institutes in the country to have entrepreneurship as a stream specialization for […]]]>



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Pune (Maharashtra) [India]October 26 (ANI/SRV Media): Symbiosis Center for Management Studies, Pune is one of the country’s leading management institutes dedicated to excellence in teaching, learning and research.
It is also one of the few institutes in the country to have entrepreneurship as a stream specialization for undergraduate students.
Entrepreneurship is nurtured not only in the classrooms of the institute, but is a driving force among the students, which is rightly justified by the budding entrepreneurial startups resulting from it. In times of Covid, when people struggled to find direction, students at the Symbiosis Center for Management Studies (SCMS) laid the groundwork for their startups.
Growth Heads Digital was started a year and a half ago by two final year students from SCMS, Pune – Sohil Srivastava and Natta Utkarsh, along with Mihir Nikam and Yash Reddy. Growth Heads Digital aims to use the talent of India’s youth to help more and more brands grow online, which has become a greater necessity during the pandemic. Growth Heads is being incubated by Symbiosis International (Deemed University).
Launched six months ago by four final year students from SCMS, Pune (Anant Jethalia, Krishna Poddar, Nikhil Chhabra and Tushar Jain), WhiteCollar was simply an idea born out of observation. They realized that while the talent of young people in our country is indisputable, it is the ability to project themselves professionally that prevents most students or young professionals from realizing their professional aspirations. White Collar is now certified as a start-up under the Startup India program by the Government of India and is currently being incubated under Symbiosis International (Deemed University)

Youth India Foundation is a social entrepreneurship platform. More than a year ago, it was started by Aanis Narnolia (SCMS student) with its founder and two confounders. Today, he is united with no less than 6,000 students from the Youth India family. Youth India aspires to provide an excellent platform for students to discover and create social enterprises. It further strives to achieve various social, cultural and environmental goals that are often associated with the voluntary sector in areas such as poverty reduction, health care and even community development.
Dr. Adya Sharma, Director of Symbiosis Center for Management Studies, said, “We constantly strive at Symbiosis Center for Management Studies, Pune to help students develop a mindset for entrepreneurial leadership. We try to instill skills in our students so that they create economic and social value for themselves, for their organizations and for society as a whole”.
To gain and enhance entrepreneurial knowledge, SCMS, Pune had organized Entrepreneurship Conclave 2021 online on 22nd October 2021. Two inspiring tech entrepreneurs, featured in Forbes 30 under 30 namely – Satanik Roy Co-founder of Hyper Xchange and Nishita Baliarsingh , Co-founder of NEXUS shared his insights, entrepreneurial journey, and valuable insights as keynote speakers at the conclave. The interaction with the lecturers helped the students to understand the basic details involved in launching a startup, the importance of having sustainable business practices and also to overcome the fear of being a beginner in this process. The students participated actively and got their questions answered enthusiastically by the lecturers. The session was an enriching experience leaving the audience asking for more.
Innovation in any country flourishes with a strong support system and the guidance of educators, the knowledge provided, and the help of supportive policies. Nowadays, it is important to hone the skills of young minds to enable them to be job-givers rather than job-seekers, and at SCMS, students are rightly guided in this direction.
This story is provided by SRV Media. ANI shall in no way be responsible for the content of this article. (ANI/SRV Media)

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Ball State has received $50,000 to create a new tech-based entrepreneurship course https://shiawase-win.com/ball-state-has-received-50000-to-create-a-new-tech-based-entrepreneurship-course/ Fri, 01 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://shiawase-win.com/ball-state-has-received-50000-to-create-a-new-tech-based-entrepreneurship-course/ A new course is coming to Ball State in the spring 2022 semester that will merge the Department of Computer Science and the Center for Entrepreneurship. The course, Digitizing Muncie, aims to bring together computer science and entrepreneurship students to form software-based startups. As they have often collaborated on events in the past, Krystal Geyer, […]]]>

A new course is coming to Ball State in the spring 2022 semester that will merge the Department of Computer Science and the Center for Entrepreneurship. The course, Digitizing Muncie, aims to bring together computer science and entrepreneurship students to form software-based startups.

As they have often collaborated on events in the past, Krystal Geyer, Deputy Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, and Huseyin Ergin, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, will present their collaborative course next semester.

“This kind of result was born out of a mutual interest in entrepreneurship and in leading our students to develop more technologically advanced businesses,” Geyer said.

Ergin said many students who graduate and work for a big tech company like Facebook or Amazon often start looking for new challenges about five years after they start working, which has led to many of them starting to create their own start-ups – a main reason he and Geyer resented this partnership. was important.

Geyer and Ergin’s partnership eventually evolved into talks of working exclusively with each other in creating the course. This year, an opportunity to complete the project came in the form of a $50,000 prize from Elevate Ventures, an Indianapolis-based entrepreneurship firm with which Geyer had previously formed close ties through of the University Relations team.

Geyer eventually applied for the award, and Ball State was awarded the grant on August 11, along with the Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, and the University of Evansville.

“We’ve been working on this concept for about three years, so it was an opportunity to put some money behind it and really bring to life what we had been thinking about,” Geyer said.

Their hard work will pay off when they present their course, which will be open to juniors and seniors from all departments courtesy of Ergin and Geyer – the course’s co-teachers.

“The basis is that my students come to the table with lots of ideas but not the technical skills to build them,” Geyer said. “[Ergin’s] students have skills but usually design ideas for others and not necessarily build their own.

Huseyin Ergin, assistant professor of computer science, is launching the entrepreneurship course “Digitizing Muncie” in the spring semester of 2022. The course will teach computer science and entrepreneurship skills to students in all majors. Huseyin Ergin, photo provided

Although they have yet to begin marketing the course, Ergin and Geyer said they have seen some enthusiasm among students in their respective departments.

“I brought it into our CS [computer science] welcome event…and my classes and I saw a lot of interest among computer science students,” Ergin said.

The course will guide students through every step of the process of building a software-based startup, from the idea phase to building the business and acquiring users.

Geyer often tells students that they should start thinking about being entrepreneurs while in college because they have less to lose with the back-up plan of a degree and the safety net provided by college. She added that many companies people know today, such as Dropbox and Facebook, were founded by students.

“It’s a good place to start with an idea, with a less risky environment,” Ergin said. “They are free to experiment.”

In addition to helping students experiment and start their own businesses, Ergin and Geyer also hope that many students will eventually stay in or near Muncie after graduating so they can help grow and grow its industry. technological.

“That’s why I named it ‘Digitizing Muncie,'” Ergin said. “It’s going to affect Muncie.”

Geyer said she hopes students will develop an idea, validate it with a user base, and eventually start businesses after college that will hopefully stay in the area.

“We are ambitious,” Geyer said. “It sounds ambitious, and it’s really ambitious what we’re trying to do, but…it’s absolutely not unheard of.”

Contact Joey Sills with comments at joey.sills@bsu.edu or on Twitter @sillsjoey.


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Creating Entrepreneurs: Quick Tips for Teachers to Develop Entrepreneurial Skills in Students https://shiawase-win.com/creating-entrepreneurs-quick-tips-for-teachers-to-develop-entrepreneurial-skills-in-students/ Sat, 03 Oct 2020 07:00:00 +0000 https://shiawase-win.com/creating-entrepreneurs-quick-tips-for-teachers-to-develop-entrepreneurial-skills-in-students/ Entrepreneurial skills play a very important role in the life and success of an entrepreneur. Job creation is the need of the hour and for this we need to train students in the right way so that they develop an entrepreneurial spirit. It is important for faculty members to understand that building entrepreneurial skills in […]]]>

Entrepreneurial skills play a very important role in the life and success of an entrepreneur. Job creation is the need of the hour and for this we need to train students in the right way so that they develop an entrepreneurial spirit.

It is important for faculty members to understand that building entrepreneurial skills in students should be a priority in their minds to develop students into successful professionals and entrepreneurs.

Here are some tips for teachers and faculty members to teach entrepreneurial skills to students.

How to develop entrepreneurial skills

1. Case study method: (To develop creativity and innovation skills) Faculty members can adopt the case study method with students to discuss various business cases/problems with the aim of developing the ability to think creatively. creativity in students.

2. Success method: (To build confidence and character) Faculty members can share the success story of various leading and successful entrepreneurs to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit in the minds and hearts of students. This motivates students to think about becoming an entrepreneur.

3. Idea Generation Contest Method: (To develop original thinking skills) Faculty members can bring students together to brainstorm and ask them to brainstorm or generate an idea to launch a new product or service that is not available in the market.

4. Business plan method: (To develop holistic planning skills) Students are advised by their faculty members to prepare a business plan on the business idea that interests them.

Students can prepare a Word file to describe their proposed business idea, an Excel file to prepare projected financial statements, and a PowerPoint presentation to explain their business idea using a multimedia projector.

5. Simulation method: (To build problem-solving skills) Faculty members can use the business simulation method to create a real-life situation where students learn how to solve business problems in a simulated environment.

6. Project management method: (To build project management skills) Faculty members can use the project planning method using Microsoft Project software so that students can learn the intricacies of project management to maximize output and minimize input with an intent to optimize resources and maximize productivity.

7. Project design method: (To develop design skills) Faculty members can use the design project method in which they assign a design project to an individual or group of students to hone their design skills.

8. Digital Marketing Project Method: (To develop digital marketing skills). Students can be given a digital marketing project with the aim of enabling them to use the various social media marketing and digital marketing channels to maximize the sale of products and services. It helps students develop their digital marketing skills.

9. Method of developing mission, vision, goals and objectives: (to develop goal setting skills) Students can be trained to develop and storyboard the mission, vision, goals and objectives of the proposed organization.

This enables students to set goals for different functional departments, teams, and individuals, which ultimately contributes to the achievement of organizational goals and objectives.

10. IT project method: (For building IT skills) Students are assigned a multidimensional IT project in which they are required to plan, implement and control all aspects of IT functions including hardware, software, networks, website, social media marketing, digital marketing, etc. .

11. Communication attribution method: (To develop communication skills) Students are given several assignments relating to verbal/non-verbal, oral/written methods with the aim of developing their oral and written communication skills.

12. Method of managerial games: (For managerial skill building) Faculty members develop various managerial games to develop students’ managerial skills.

Students playing the games are able to develop their management skills in planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling.

13. Accounting and financial modeling method: (For financial and accounting skills building) Students have the opportunity to learn about finance and accounting using financial modeling using spreadsheet software like Excel. This allows the student to learn finance and accounting.

To sum up, faculty members should adopt various methods mentioned above to develop the entrepreneurial skills of students to enable them to become a successful entrepreneur in their lives.

– Article by PC Chhabra – Executive Director, University of Sanskriti

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Develop the entrepreneurial skills of students-PC Chhabra https://shiawase-win.com/develop-the-entrepreneurial-skills-of-students-pc-chhabra/ Fri, 28 Aug 2020 07:00:00 +0000 https://shiawase-win.com/develop-the-entrepreneurial-skills-of-students-pc-chhabra/ Entrepreneurial skills play a very important role in the life and success of an entrepreneur. It is important for faculty members to understand that building entrepreneurial skills in students should be a priority in their minds to develop students into successful professionals and entrepreneurs. Skill building methods 1. Case study method: (For Building Creativity and […]]]>

Entrepreneurial skills play a very important role in the life and success of an entrepreneur. It is important for faculty members to understand that building entrepreneurial skills in students should be a priority in their minds to develop students into successful professionals and entrepreneurs.

Skill building methods

1. Case study method: (For Building Creativity and Innovation Skills) faculty members adopt the case study method with students to discuss various business cases/problems with the aim of developing the ability to think creatively in students.

2. Success method: (To build confidence and character) Faculty members share the success story of various leading and successful entrepreneurs to ignite the spirit of entrepreneurship in the minds and hearts of students. This motivates students to think about becoming an entrepreneur.

3. Idea Generation Contest Method: (For Building out of Box Thinking Skills) Faculty members bring students together to brainstorm and ask them to brainstorm/generate an idea to launch a new product or service that is not available in the market.

4. Business plan method: (For Building Holistic Planning Skills) Students are advised by their faculty members to prepare a business plan on the business idea that interests them. Students prepare a Word file to describe their proposed business idea. They also prepare an Excel file to prepare the projected financial statements. Students prepare a PowerPoint presentation to explain their business idea using a multimedia projector.

5. Simulation method: (To build problem-solving skills) Faculty members use the business simulation method to create a real-life situation where students learn how to solve business problems in a simulated environment.

6. Project management method: (To develop project management skills) Faculty members use the project planning method using Microsoft Project software so that students can learn the intricacies of project management to maximize output and minimize input with the aim of optimizing resources and maximizing productivity.

7. Project design method: (For building design skills) Faculty members use the design project method in which they assign a design project to an individual or group of students to hone their design skills.

8. Digital Marketing Project Method: (To develop digital marketing skills). Students are given a digital marketing project with the aim of enabling them to use the various social media marketing and digital marketing channels to maximize the sale of products and services. It helps students develop their digital marketing skills.

9. Method of developing mission, vision, goals and objectives: (To develop goal setting skills) Students are trained to develop and storyboard the mission, vision, goals and objectives of the proposed organization. This enables students to set goals for different functional departments, teams, and individuals, which ultimately contributes to the achievement of organizational goals and objectives.

10. IT project method: (For building IT skills) Students are assigned a multidimensional IT project in which they are required to plan, implement and control all aspects of IT functions including hardware, software, networks, website, social media marketing, digital marketing, etc. .

11. Communication attribution method: (To develop communication skills) Students receive several assignments relating to verbal/non-verbal, oral/written methods with the aim of developing their oral and written communication skills.

12. Method of managerial games: (For Building Managerial Skills) The faculty members develop various management games to develop the managerial skills of the students. Students playing the games are able to develop their management skills in planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling.

13. Accounting and financial modeling method: (For financial and accounting skills building) Students have the opportunity to learn about finance and accounting through financial modeling using a spreadsheet like Excel. This allows the student to learn finance and accounting.

Conclusion

To sum up, faculty members should adopt various methods mentioned above to develop the entrepreneurial skills of students to enable them to become a successful entrepreneur in their lives.

Warning: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house. Unless otherwise indicated, the author writes in a personal capacity. They are not intended and should not be taken to represent the official ideas, attitudes or policies of any agency or institution.


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How Students Can Acquire Entrepreneurship Skills https://shiawase-win.com/how-students-can-acquire-entrepreneurship-skills/ Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:00 +0000 https://shiawase-win.com/how-students-can-acquire-entrepreneurship-skills/ Entrepreneurial skills play a very important role in the life and success of an entrepreneur. It is important for faculty members to understand that building entrepreneurial skills in students should be a priority in their minds to develop students into successful professionals and entrepreneurs. Below are some of the skill building methods: Case study method […]]]>

Entrepreneurial skills play a very important role in the life and success of an entrepreneur. It is important for faculty members to understand that building entrepreneurial skills in students should be a priority in their minds to develop students into successful professionals and entrepreneurs.

Below are some of the skill building methods:

Case study method

Faculty members adopt the case study method with students to discuss various business-related cases/problems with the aim of developing the ability to think creatively in students.

Success story method

Faculty members share the success story of different leading and successful entrepreneurs to ignite the spirit of entrepreneurship in the minds and hearts of students. This motivates students to think about becoming an entrepreneur.

Idea generation competition method

Faculty members bring students together to brainstorm and ask them to brainstorm/generate an idea to launch a new product or service that is not available in the market.

Business plan method

Students are advised by their professors to prepare a business plan on the business idea of ​​their interest.

Students prepare a Word file to describe their proposed business idea. They also prepare an Excel file to prepare the projected financial statements.

Students prepare a PowerPoint presentation to explain their business idea using a multimedia projector.

Simulation method

Faculty members use the business simulation method to create a real-life situation where students learn to solve business problems in a simulated environment.

Project management method

Faculty members use the project planning method using Microsoft Project software so that students can learn the details of project management to maximize output and minimize input with the goal of optimizing resources and maximize productivity.

Design the project method

Faculty members use the project design method in which they assign a design project to an individual or a group of students to hone their design skills.

Digital Marketing Project Method

Students are given a digital marketing project with the aim of enabling them to use the various social media marketing and digital marketing channels to maximize the sale of products and services. It helps students develop their digital marketing skills.

Method of developing mission, vision, goals and objectives

Students are trained to develop and script the mission, vision, goals, and objectives of the proposed organization.

This enables students to set goals for different functional departments, teams, and individuals, which ultimately contributes to the achievement of organizational goals and objectives.

IT project method

Students are assigned a multidimensional IT project in which they must perform the planning, implementation and control of all aspects of IT functions, including hardware, software, networking, website, social media marketing, digital marketing, etc.

Communication attribution method

Students are given several assignments covering verbal/non-verbal, oral/written methods with the aim of developing their oral and written communication skills.

Managerial games method

Faculty members develop various managerial games to develop students’ managerial skills.

Students playing the games are able to develop their management skills in planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling.

Accounting and financial modeling method

Students have the opportunity to learn about finance and accounting using financial modeling using spreadsheet software like Excel.

This allows the student to learn finance and accounting.

To sum up, faculty members should adopt various methods mentioned above to develop the entrepreneurial skills of students to enable them to become successful entrepreneurs in their lives.

Article by PC Chhabra – Executive Director, University of Sanskriti

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High school students learn entrepreneurship skills at a conference https://shiawase-win.com/high-school-students-learn-entrepreneurship-skills-at-a-conference/ Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://shiawase-win.com/high-school-students-learn-entrepreneurship-skills-at-a-conference/ Greenville High School students compare notes on their group project during the STRIVE! Conference at UM Jackson Avenue Center. Photo by Megan Wolfe/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services OXFORD, Mississippi — For 100 high school students in northern Mississippi, the path to owning their own business was recently boosted at the University of Mississippi. These students […]]]>

Greenville High School students compare notes on their group project during the STRIVE! Conference at UM Jackson Avenue Center. Photo by Megan Wolfe/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

OXFORD, Mississippi — For 100 high school students in northern Mississippi, the path to owning their own business was recently boosted at the University of Mississippi.

These students spent Thursday, January 24 investing in their entrepreneurial journey at STRIVE!, one of three regional conferences aimed at developing young entrepreneurs across Mississippi. The day’s quick experiments challenged students to conduct market research, interact with local business resource providers, and practice appropriate soft skills such as communication, networking, and meal etiquette.

Held at UM’s Jackson Avenue Center, the event was sponsored by the Southern Entrepreneurship Program and hosted by McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagementt. The SEP and the McLean Institute’s Catalyze entrepreneurship and economic development initiative, or CEED, works to develop an entrepreneurial spirit among young people in Mississippi.

“The central objective of STRIVE! is to demonstrate the importance of communication skills inside and outside the business community,” said James Wilcox, director of SEP and the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education within the College of Business and Economics. Development from the University of Southern Mississippi.

“By practicing these soft skills, students can walk away with a greater sense of confidence in themselves and their ability to present innovative new ideas to potential clients, partners and funders. The event also serves as a valuable networking opportunity, allowing students to put faces with the names of local business resource providers they can contact for assistance in the future.

CEED project manager JR Love said the partnership between the two universities grew out of a series of meetings he and Wilcox attended in Jackson.

“During our discussions, we realized that our two institutions had common goals to improve the state of Mississippi and equip the future young business leaders within it,” Love said. “This conference allowed us to fulfill these common objectives.

“Whether students use their innovative thinking skills to start a business or tackle community challenges, they can be agents of change for their communities.

Participating high schools included Greenville, Hernando, Itawamba County, New Hope (Columbus), and West Tallahatchie (Webb). Seated at 16 tables in groups of four to six people each, the students listened intently as Wilcox and others shared their insights.

“How much money would you need to start a business?” asked Wilcox, who was hosting the day’s events. “You may think that’s too expensive or unrealistic, but the truth is we see students starting businesses every year with as little as $10.

“Resist buying junk food for a month and instead use that money to make more money.”

Using several SEP alumni as real-life examples, Wilcox invited students to participate in the program’s annual $10 “Earn Money Now” challenge.

“It’s called bootstrapping,” he said. “Don’t think of what you have as too little. Instead, think about what you can do now with what you have. Take advantage of it. Cultivate it. But start with what you have.

Panelists Holly Kelly (left), Tyler Hill and Gant Boone share their business expertise with students at the STRIVE! Conference. Photo by Megan Wolfe/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Following Wilcox’s keynote presentation, representatives from Oxford University Bank, Mechanics Bank, North Mississippi Enterprise, Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation and Mississippi Small Business Development Center participated at a round table. Questions discussed included what high school students can do to grow their networks, how to make their social media accounts more professional, and how to start saving and investing money.

The students were then given a marketing challenge to create an MVP – a scaled-down version of a full-scale business idea – for a cafe. Participants at each table received a box with an instruction sheet, a T-shirt and a set of markers. Wilcox asked them to read and follow the instructions to create vision, value and voice for their MVP.

After lunch, each team submitted their t-shirt design and presented a 30-second pitch showcasing their particular vision. The judges for the event were three Ole Miss students: Elena Bauer, CEED Innovation Fellow and law student from Germany; AK Burress, CEED Innovation Researcher and Water Valley Pharmacy Student; and Adam Franco, CEED innovation researcher and public policy student from Birmingham, Alabama.

The winners of the challenge were:

  • First Place – High School Students Hernando Raiven Booze, Dominique Cheeks, Nigeria Hibbler, Raven Payton and Dara Tuggle
  • Second Place – New Hope High School students Emma Alexander, Emma Blankenship, Micaela Hudgins and Kenzie Deason
  • Third Place – New Hope High School students Amia Hill, Rotrik Morris, Makayla Williams, Kevon Brown, Shikyra Minor, Aubri Bouldes and Taylor Jackson

Katie Naron, Lecturer in Teacher Education at UM school of educationdiscussed the importance of etiquette with conference attendees.

Several students spoke of the specific benefits they derived from the conference.

“I really found the information about the importance of good communication skills helpful,” said Taylor Jackson, a senior at New Hope. “I would like to own my own photography business one day. I now realize that I can do it if I start small and work really hard.

Itawamba County High School students Chase Ross (left) and Raina Ratliff discuss the best way to pitch their group’s idea for a coffee shop. Photo by Megan Wolfe/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Itawamba County senior Raina Ratliff said she benefited from the advice on networking.

“I want to own a bakery and realize that I’ll have to build good business relationships to achieve my goal,” Ratliff said. “I’ll start by selling cookies at bake sales, but the goal is to move into a product line with more expensive items, like cakes.”

Entrepreneurship course instructors from participating secondary schools said they were pleased to see the principles they taught their students being taken up by business professionals.

“What I heard today will definitely strengthen my program,” said Glenda Gooden of West Tallahatchie. “It also gives them the opportunity to pitch their own business ideas and possibly find ways to secure start-up funds for themselves.”

Kali Harris of New Hope High School agreed.

“It’s just great to see them all so committed to what’s being presented,” she said. “There has been a wealth of knowledge provided here today which, if applied, should help them move forward into their own bright future.”

Established in 2007, SEP has served over 6,000 high school students through its annual series of regional conferences and regional competitions. The last two regional STRIVEs! conferences are scheduled for January 30 and February 6 in Jackson and Hattiesburg, respectively.

Next up in this year’s SEP series is THRIVE!, described as Mississippi’s “Shark Tank” event for high school students. The top 20 winners of these regional qualifiers will move on to the SEP state competition in May.

The SEP program and the McLean Entrepreneurial Leadership Program have common goals of working with Mississippi high school students to develop a set of entrepreneurial skills.

The Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation supports the program with a generous financial gift that enables Ole Miss CEED students to promote entrepreneurship and economic development in Mississippi, Love said.

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