St. Louis 'Amazing' Race -- Four Years and Counting
Nov 06, 2010
Ever since Entrepreneurship Week USA in 2007 -- the pre-cursor to Global Entrepreneurship Week -- aspiring young entrepreneurs in St. Louis have competed in a sort of 'entrepreneurship scavenger hunt' throughout the city that is similar to the hit reality TV show 'The Amazing Race'. As expected, they are back for more during GEW 2010.
The following blog post comes courtesy of Webster University:
Armed with clues, camera and determination, enterprising teams of two will kick off this year’s Global Entrepreneurship week Saturday November 13th at 9am with The 4th Annual “Amazing” Race to Entrepreneurship. The headquarters for this year’s event is Webster University’s Downtown Campus at the Old Post Office.
“This year’s race promises to be our largest, ” says Professor Barrett Baebler, Director of Webster University’s Certificate in Entrepreneurship. “More people want to learn about St. Louis’s entrepreneurial spirit – past and present.”
The scavenger-hunt style competition finds teams scouring the St. Louis landscape on foot or via public transportation in a race to locate checkpoints related to entrepreneurship and innovation in St. Louis. The race is sponsored by The St. Louis Region Entrepreneurship Educators (STLREE) which is comprised of 10 higher educational institutions and two non-profit organizations in the St. Louis region. All offer education and outreach activities to foster entrepreneurship including Webster University which was one of the group’s founding members.
“It all began over four years ago over a cup of coffee when four universities (Webster University, Washington University, St. Louis University, and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville) met to discuss how they could collaborate,” says Baebler. “The race we sponsor helps spread the word that there is help in St. Louis for anyone who wants to make their entrepreneurial dream a reality one day.”
One of those resources can be found at Webster University through the Certificate in Entrepreneurship. Students in the program range from undergraduate full-time students interested in owning their own business one day, to current business owners who want to expand their skill set.
The Race to Entrepreneurship 2010 is FREE, but all teams must pre-register. So strap on your running shoes. The game is on!