|April 11, 2014|
Entrepreneurship & Society
Creativeness develops from our natural endowment, through our individual ability to think, and our particular talents.
-- Alden B. Dow, Reflections
As history consistently demonstrates, entrepreneurship plays an indispensable role in the building and maintenance of healthy societies. When entrepreneurs succeed, so does the rest of society. And when they don’t, the likelihood that others will quickly diminishes.
True to our unique philosophy, entrepreneurship remains a central and growing part of who we are and the programs we offer at Northwood University. Our BBA in Entrepreneurship, for example, has grown into one of most active and popular degree programs with 65 majors enrolled this spring. Further, among the many scholarships we offer, five in particular aim at cultivating the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders:
In addition, students on our Michigan campus can apply for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce/Northwood University Partnership scholarship.
Another example was on full display on our Florida campus this past Monday, April 7. Funded and supported by the Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity & Enterprise, The Student Business Pitch Competition offers enterprising NU students the opportunity to showcase their business product or service idea with the possibility of earning $500 in capital funding. This year’s participants were:
Chase Dittmer, a freshman in the Entrepreneurship program on our Michigan campus took first prize honors with his idea—Mary—for a software application custom designed for the 943 medical marijuana dispensaries around the U.S. And true to past competitions, this year’s event included proven entrepreneurial leaders as competition judges:
In both our classrooms, and the unique experiential learning opportunities we offer, NU students are learning entrepreneurship firsthand. Through interaction with instructors such as professors Jim Hop and George Stamas, our Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence Bob James, and cutting-edge programs—such as The Student Business Pitch Competition—made possible by Georgia Abbott and the Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity & Enterprise NU students are leveraging their individual endowments to produce new and creative products and services that benefit us all.
Have a great weekend.
Keith A. Pretty, J.D.