Ford Motor : At VCU, budding businesspeople attend Henry Ford Entrepreneurship Academy Budding entrepreneurs attend Henry Ford Entrepreneurship Academy at VCU
Aspiring entrepreneurs from the
They were of all ages and backgrounds, pursuing diverse business ideas from technology startups to fashion. The three-day academy covered numerous topics such as business models, cash flow, decision-making, customer interactions and pitching.
"Since I was little, I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur," said
A rising senior at
"We like to say we provide a win-win for the community," Glotz said. "Not only do we help bridge the technology gap between generations, but we provide résumé-worthy and flexible jobs to college students and graduates who really need the money."
Other student participants included
"We are trying to increase patient safety by providing a training simulation for students to practice," said Lam, who won an award for making the best one-minute business pitch at the end of the program.
The academy also drew experienced businesspeople who are pursuing second careers through entrepreneurship, such as
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"We believe that entrepreneurship education is a force that develops economies," said
"If we can get 20 entrepreneurs to start a business, that is a great way to inject economic wealth into a region," he said.
Although most startup programs or business incubators focus on cultivating a particular business idea, the emphasis of the academy is on developing the skills of people who will become entrepreneurs, Markiewicz said.
"Projects will come and go," he said, "but the entrepreneur is the person who needs to continue to develop."
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