Midd Entrepreneurs

Middlebury Entrepreneurs (INTD 1089), or "Midd Entrepreneurs" for short, is a winter term course for students who want to start their own business or non-profit organization. Students spend the month developing their ideas, building their companies, and preparing for the culminating event -- pitching their ideas to a panel of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

 

Entrepreneurship is the mindset and skill set that allows passionate people to execute business plans and create lasting, influential companies. Students will go from idea to company launch quickly and effectively through deliverables, class discussions, and hands-on mentoring both from professors and visiting entrepreneurs and investors.  Class will be focused on building a prototype, testing the market, and engaging with customers, so students should be prepared for significant hands-on work outside of class time.  At the conclusion of the course, students will compete with their classmates in a pitch competition for bragging rights, a prize, and the Schiller Cup trophy. Winners of the pitch competition will get to represent Middlebury in the Launch VT Collegiate competition in February 2017. 

To enroll in the course, students must submit a business proposal (either a for- or non-profit idea) and meet in person with one of the instructors, prior to enrolling. In 500 words or less, please explain:  1) the problem or opportunity you will address;  2) the proposed product or solution to solve this problem; and  3) why you are well-suited to tackle this project. If you do not have an idea but are interested in being a team member, please indicate your interests and relevant skillsets. Note that this course is pass/fail. Please submit your applications to Bonnie Reese (bonnie@vcet.co), Heather Neuwirth (hneuwirth@middlebury.edu), and Lucy Scott (lscott@middlebury.edu). 

The application deadline Middlebury Entrepreneurs 2017 is Thursday, October 20th. If you have any questions about the course, please email our Creativity and Innovation Associate, Lucy Scott '16 (lscott@middlebury.edu) or our Programs Director for the CCISE, Heather Neuwirth '08 (hneuwirth@middlebury.edu). 

Programs on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts

Heather Neuwirth '08
118 South Main Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
802.443.5961 - work
hneuwirth@middlebury.edu

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