VT center gives students first hand entrepreneurial experience
A Virginia Tech center is training the next generation of business owners and entrepreneurs.
The Apex Center for Entrepreneurs is a place for students, faculty, and alumni to get the skills to turn their ideas into reality. The center has different programs that offer things like mentorship, advice and even a small kickstart loan to teams starting a new concept.
Center Director Sean Collins says the programs are designed to turn people’s interests and passions into action. He also says this hands-on experience these students are getting now, will allow them to exercise their entrepreneur “muscle” in a safe environment.
“To be able to work every day with passion students and faculty and alumni, and help translate their passion into new products and services that benefit large numbers of people, it’s fantastic,” said Collins.
Collins says starting a business, is a popular option that’s growing, and they’re giving them the tools they need to do that and more.
“When you look at a lot of the programs we run to help students navigate risks, deal with ambiguity, work in cross-functional teams, those are skills that are helpful in startups but they’re also skills that make them desirable to companies in all shapes and sizes,” Collins said.
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