Why we do it.

Why did we leave our comfortable jobs? Why did we take the risk of starting a business? Why did we give up everyday comforts to start something from scratch, from nothing? Why did we choose the road less traveled? Simple. We did it for the love of the loom. For a moment, take a trip with me.…

Penn State’s Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Major Gets a Revamp

In typical entrepreneurial fashion, the Smeal College of Business has pivoted recently to adapt its course offerings for its innovative Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIENT) major. The courses will better reflect student educational interests and needs in preparing for starting their own ventures or entering a corporate or consulting environment. The CIENT program focuses on…

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Low Income Contexts – Sri Lanka Winter Break Experience 2019

Penn State’s unique approach to studying entrepreneurship is adding another opportunity to learn by doing in the fabulous location of Sri Lanka.  Learn consulting skills and lean innovation techniques, gain knowledge of value chain reconfigurations, and learn about entrepreneurship in markets in contexts of poverty all while taking an exotic trip to Sri Lanka!   Offered…

Entrepreneurship Requires Gratitude

As entrepreneurs and innovators, we are blessed. We get the fun and satisfaction of bringing our ideas into reality and hopefully create the better world that we envision. However, the crowd of people who support us is really what makes all of that possible — not our magic, amazing brilliance, skill or resilience. Many of…

Your Baby is Ugly.

What was that? It’s often hard for entrepreneurs to hear that their solution is flawed or missing the mark. But the 1st iteration of any solution rarely survives entry to market and first exposure to customers without getting some bumps and bruises. It can be hard to accept that the fruits of your labor aren’t…

Jump-starting My Career with GEW

At a recent interview, I was asked to elaborate on some of the experiences listed on my resume. My interviewers were particularly interested in my time as the Student Volunteer Coordinator for Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Penn State. I excitedly told the panel more about the internship and my GEW experience, which was ultimately what…

Lunch with President Barron

I have been attending Penn State’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) for the past couple of years. I started as an undergrad when a professor approached me about trying to start a business. I had no idea what I was doing. I wasn’t raised by entrepreneurs. Starting a business was about as foreign as it gets…

Creating Our Next Generation of Entrepreneurs — One Student at a Time

At Penn State, we have seen a surge in entrepreneurship activity by our students. Based on a survey performed, 8% of our students own or previously owned a business, and half of the students surveyed would like to own a business. I had the distinct pleasure of talking with Dr. Eric Barron, Penn State President,…

What It Means to Be an Entrepreneur

Whenever there is an issue, there is an opportunity. Too often people decide they want to run a business without looking to solve a problem. Many entrepreneurs, including myself, believe this is a backwards approach to forming a business. As an entrepreneur, I believe it’s our job to solve problems facing our society, be leaders,…