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August 04, 2013

LEC Students to Participate in Entrepreneurship Immersion Week

Five undergraduate students from the Lake Erie College Center for Entrepreneurship will participate in Entrepreneurship Immersion Week (EIW) to be held August 4-9 at Hiram College.

The five students are senior Stefan Stojanovic, juniors Alexis Mayer and John Melendez, and sophomores Nikolas Garcia and Kelsey McCormick.

EIW is an intense, residential program of learning and practice in developing a business idea into reality for teams from 11 colleges and universities in northeast Ohio, which comprise the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium (EEC). Students will attend lectures, hear notable speakers and work as teams to develop their business concept. At the end of the week, they will present their idea to a panel of independent judges from the business, academic and venture capital communities.

"When the students arrive at Hiram College, one of their first tasks will be to discuss and make a decision on a business idea for their team. Based on classroom sessions, outside speakers and coaching from faculty, they will develop the idea and present it to a panel of judges at the end of the week," said Entrepreneur-in-Residence Jeff Eakin. "A task over the summer has been for the students to make a list of the ordinary things in life that 'bug' them, because hidden in every one of these is an opportunity. Taking this optimistic view of the world is one of the goals of the Center for Entrepreneurship." 

The purpose of EIW is to provide practical "experiential" and theoretical education to students in northeast Ohio to prepare them to become entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, create new ventures and jobs and build wealth for the region.


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