Midd Entrepreneurs

Middlebury Entrepreneurs is a student-taught winter term course for students who wish to start their own business or non-profit organization. Students spend the month developing their ideas and preparing for the culminating assignment—pitching their ideas to approximately 10 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.

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 one paragraph, 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. Please submit proposals to MiddEnt@middlebury.edu (by Wednesday October 29th at the latest). If you do not have an idea but are interested in being a team member, please indicate your interests and relevant skillsets in an email to the same address. (Pass/Fail)

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

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