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As a Clark student, you have the opportunity to create your own entrepreneurial project that will engage and make an impact in the Clark community. Through a student venture, you‘ll gain valuable organizational skills and experience designing and implementing a business plan while creating critical connections with students, faculty and community partners. Examples of Clark student ventures include the Local Root, an organic farm stand selling local produce on campus, the Clark Copy Center, and the Clark Community Thrift Store, located on Main Street.

Get started with your student venture:

Located in the Graduate School of Management, the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is an essential resource to begin any independent venture. Director Amy Whitney and John Dobson, professor of practice in Management and Entrepreneurship, will discuss your interests with you, provide feedback on project ideas and work with you to design and potentially launch a venture.

If you have question about how to get support or traction with a business idea, the I&E program has a number of Entrepreneurs-In-Residence who mentor students. The EIRs, who have successful entrepreneurial careers in a variety of fields, can teach you valuable skills and share success stories.

If you’re not ready to start your own venture, consider volunteering and building your skills with one of the established campus-based student ventures. You’ll be able to learn from and network with peers who share your passions and could help you launch your own ideas. Student ventures are often more successful when pursued by groups of students uniting for a common goal. Also, the shared responsibility can alleviate some of the pressure.

After connecting with the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, EIRs and your peers, there are a number of resources available to begin a proposal for your student venture. But first, design your project model by asking yourself these questions, which will give you a better grasp on your ideas and challenge you to consider potential difficulties:

  • What does the venture entail?
  • Who will it affect?
  • How will it benefit Clark and the community?
  • What are some potential obstacles?

The Ureka Big Idea Challenge invites Clark students to design an entrepreneurial project. If you believe your idea is competitive, consider applying as the top three ideas are given funding to implement their projects, along with university support and advisers who mentor throughout the project.

If you decide not to participate in the Ureka Big Idea Challenge, but still have a project you want to pitch, connect with an adviser in the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The I&E program has a diverse group of mentors and connections who can help you prepare for the next Ureka challenge or decide on the next steps for your project.

After consulting and working with I&E faculty and staff, you will have developed a support system to launch your venture. Your advisers and mentors will celebrate your success and help you navigate the unforeseen obstacles as a team.