Five UA students, juniors Darya Taraban, Alex Modon, and Paul Ridley, and sophomores Anthony Cosentino and Kayla Brown participated in the 2010 Entrepreneur’s Immersion Week held in August 2010 at Baldwin-Wallace College.
The UA team members represented diverse majors in Computer Engineering, International Business, Marketing Management, Information Systems and e-Business. Robert Chalfant, Visiting College Lecturer in the CBA, recruited and coached the team.
Entrepreneurs Immersion Week is an immersion event where undergraduate students spend a week going to academic sessions and participating in breakout sessions with students from 7 other universities and colleges. They explore business ideas, innovation, creativity, and network with each other, as well as with the advisors from all the universities and the invited speakers.
The UA team and the teams from Case Western, Hiram College, Baldwin Wallace College, Lake Erie College, Ashland University, Kent State University and John Carroll University spent the week attending specialized classes and developing new business concepts into a plan.
At week’s end, the eight teams competed in a business plan presentation to several prominent members of the Northeast Ohio entrepreneurship community who judged their ideas, plans and presentations.
The judges were Jim Cossler, Executive Director of the Youngstown Business Incubator; Cathy Horton, CEO of NUTEK LLC; Barry Rosenbaum, Director at the Akron ARCHAngels; Wayne Zeman, Business Mentor; Marty Erbaugh of the JM Erbaugh Co.; Charlene Hyle, President of C2W; and David Crane of MAGNET
The winning team from Hiram College was awarded a package consisting of cash and gifts for their future. All the students received a stipend for their participation in the event.
Entrepreneurs Immersion Week introduced the students to the skills necessary to develop a new business concept and gave them an opportunity to apply these skills in a team-based project. The experiences not only enhanced their business acumen but also gave each of them great talking points for job applications and interviews.
For more information or to participate in future business plan activities contact Robert Chalfant in the College of Business Administration, RobertC@uakron.edu, 330-972-8479.