Entrepreneurship Taking Center Stage at McPherson
Oct 27, 2011
For McPherson College, Global Entrepreneurship Week is the epicenter of the college’s new Freedom to Jump entrepreneurship initiative. During Global Entrepreneurship Week, the college will officially launch the initiative to the campus community, capping off a full week of exciting entrepreneurial events and competitions.
First among them will be the return of the Global Enterprise Challenge. Last year, 30 students in six teams competed with their concepts for a sustainable venture in Haiti. The winning team got to travel to Haiti in June to test their idea on the ground. This year, students will come up with ventures to help in Central America, and one winning team will again be traveling at the college’s expense to turn their concepts into reality.
New this year is the Jump In for Change game, which is intended to encourage broader participation and get McPherson College students to take the first step in recognizing problems and potential solutions. Participants will have to identify a problem they see in the campus or the surrounding community and offer what they see as the next step to creating positive change. Prizes of more than $300 in quarters – the “change” in “Jump in for Change” – will be given to the top three participants. This year will also introduce Think Globally, App Locally, in which students will learn how to create iPad apps and the student with the best app will win an iPad. The grand prize for the week will be an actual skydiving adventure given to one student who participates in the week’s entrepreneurial activities.
Finally, Global Entrepreneurship Week will be the kickoff of Jump Start Kansas – a new completion open to any team or individual Kansas high school student. The competition will award $5,000 to the best entrepreneurial idea in both the category of commercial venture and non-profit venture.
Learn more about entrepreneurship at McPherson College.
Post submitted by Adam Pracht, McPherson College