Young Entrepreneurs Academy Aims to Inspire

Posted: February 16, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Believe it or not, some college students already have good entrepreneurship skills under their belt.

That’s why this year’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy will offer two tracks, one called “exploratory” for beginning entrepreneurs, and another labeled “next steps” for those already familiar with the basics.

Mason’s fifth annual Young Entrepreneurs Academy for college and high school students will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, in the Johnson Center on the Fairfax Campus. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program ends at approximately 3 p.m.

Offering a blend of keynote presentations and workshops, the academy will offer participants firsthand advice and insights from seasoned entrepreneurs.

Participants will have the opportunity to network with successful entrepreneurs and explore opportunities for future ventures with their peers.

This year’s program will focus on social entrepreneurship — innovators working on solving pressing social problems. Several representatives from Ashoka, a global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, will address the group.

The day will wrap up with the always popular “elevator pitch” contest.

Registration includes a luncheon with an address by Ashoka Fellow Earl Phalen. Mason students may attend for free. Non-Mason students pay $15, and all others pay $30.

Sponsors and supporting organizations of this event are the U.S. Postal Service, First Virginia Community Bank, the Business Bank, United Bank, J Street Consulting, MediaForce PR, Pangea Artisan Market – World Craft & Cafe Inc., Employment Enterprise Inc. and The Entrepreneur Center @ NVTC.

For more information and to register online, see the web site.

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