The Entrepreneurial Scholars Program

Learning Opportunities

The Entrepreneurial Scholars Program provides students with an experiential learning opportunity by placing them in entrepreneurial companies. The program exposes students to entrepreneurs, as well as acquaint students with the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurial ventures.

Entrepreneurial scholars work side by side with successful entrepreneurs, learning from them, and contributing ideas to solve problems, increase productivity and save money.

In addition, the program provides an opportunity for the School of Business and Economics to develop a closer relationship with local businesses.

For more information, please contact the Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Entrepreneurship & E-Business.

The E-Lab Course

The E-Lab focuses on the development and potential launch of new businesses. Students selected for the E-Lab are expected to launch their ventures during or upon completion of the degree. Through the E-Lab, students will be matched with mentors who will provide hands-on training. Mentors work with students individually and in teams to refine their business opportunity and to develop an effective presentation ready to seek funding and begin operation.

Qualified start-ups from the E-Lab will be hosted in the Virtual Incubator during the first year of operation.

Mentoring

The ICEEB will pair students with successful entrepreneurs and professional advisors who will provide high quality business advice and counsel. In addition, mentors help connect student entrepreneurs with business and industry leaders to further enhance their entrepreneurial careers. Mentors participate in classes and are liaisons with the business community.

Business Plan Competition

The competition is opened to all undergraduate students at North Carolina A&T State University and to high school students in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina.

Students, individually or in teams, may submit their original business plans to be reviewed by business leaders. Cash prizes are awarded to the winners. The goal is to provide an integrative learning experience for students interested in pursuing entrepreneurship opportunities.

For information on submission deadlines and evaluation criteria, contact the Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Entrepreneurship & E-Business.

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