1.1 Forming a Campus Business Incubator to Support Credit and Non-credit Programming for Student and Community Entrepreneurs

Breakout Sessions: Section 1, Room: Newport Marriott - Columbia
Monday - October 08, 2018: 11 a.m. - noon
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Leadership Operations Non-Credit, Executive Education, and Workforce Development

In 2014, the University of St. Francis opened a campus Business Incubator to support student and community entrepreneurs. The incubator is an innovative use of campus space, resources, and programming that supports the economic development of the region by fostering new business development and entrepreneurial education in a lab setting. The incubator provides a co-working environment between startups and entrepreneurial students. Programming includes a credit-based entrepreneurship degree for undergraduates and non-credit programming for the community. The session will share the model used to form the incubator, an overview of the incubator members and programming, partnerships formed and developed, and a description of the current members. The speaker wrote and implemented the business plan for the incubator and currently serves as the chair over operations of the space and programming.



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