Entrepreneurship speaks powerfully to the kind of institution we want to be: one that embraces rather than shuns change, that employs creative thinking to solve complex problems, that rejects complacency.
“Entrepreneurship challenges students to think, ‘How do you go out and solve that problem?’”
In the words of one alumnus: entrepreneurship means having the courage, confidence, and necessary skills to follow the path to your dream.
Entrepreneurship is a 21st-century skill.
Through it, students are encouraged to take risks with a support system in place, start and revitalize businesses, and address social problems in new ways. We want to be a leader in integrating entrepreneurship—social, commercial, and artistic—into the liberal arts.
Hands on. Growing and eventually endowing the enormously popular Live It Fund social entrepreneurship program—and creating a Dream It Fund for more entrepreneurial projects—will help more students explore this spirit.
Student-driven. The momentum is there: A student-led entrepreneurship club and “summer camp” have quickly gained membership. Creating a Mac business incubator will support ideas with funding, space, and technology.
Can you hack it? Macathon, the college's annual 24-hour start-up competition, showcases the creativity and interdisciplinary collaborations necessary in entrepreneurship. Building on Macathon's success will foster new links to Twin Cities social and business entrepreneurship communities.