On reflecting on their experience in New York, Irene Sutton (accounting ‘15) said, “I loved the relentless pulse of the city and learned that it’s a place where individualism can really thrive. I don’t think anyone can really experience enough of New York City in four days.” Irene was able to meet with owners of several karaoke businesses in New York. Meanwhile, Sarah Letendre (environmental ethics & policy ’14) remarked “New York was an absolutely fantastic experience. Not only did I gain more insights into my idea but I received some really great career and business advice as well. I also loved seeing New York City.” And Shashana Packus said “I feel like I learned more about business in one week than I have in an entire year of business classes. I say that because, the practical application of what we learn in class, to how that translates in real life, is truly great knowledge.”
For myself, I met with owners of industrial design firms, small business owners, and students. My idea is a device that holds information, such as your car or house key, your identification such as a driver’s license and insurance information, as well as bank/credit accounts for your use and convenience, replacing a traditional wallet in a secure and smaller form factor. Feedback from my meetings ranged from “super cool!” to “why would you do this if you can already do it on a cellphone?” If you, dear reader, have any feedback, I’d love to hear it!
Next semester we will be headed to China and the United Arab Emirates for international perspectives on our ideas. For those of you looking to expand your entrepreneurial knowledge through meaningful project-related experiences, Entrepreneurial Scholars is the program for you.
Written By: Evan Castro, Entrepreneur Scholar, Evan can be reached at Castro13@up.edu