ASU’s Entrepreneurship Week encourages student innovation

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Thursday, November 19, 2009
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Students are being given a chance to turn their ideas into realities as Global Entrepreneurship Week continues at ASU.

In events throughout the week, students were given the chance to learn effective ways of using their entrepreneurial skills in any area of study.

Audrey Iffert, a University Innovation Fellow with ASU’s Office of University Initiatives said she hoped to help students realize their goals through Global Entrepreneurship Week.

“We’re trying to get the word out that entrepreneurship is for anybody regardless of their discipline,” she said.

One event on Wednesday, Ideation Creation, allowed students to effectively communicate their ideas and turn them into something more.

“A lot of people don’t really know the most effective way of brainstorming,” Iffert said.

The event showed people not to focus too much on the obstacles of starting a project but to zone in on how it can be done.

Jose Ramirez, an accounting junior, used Entrepreneurship Week to help develop a personal project.

Ramirez’s father has been working with tile and granite for the past 10 years, and the two have discussed starting a small business together.

“It’s just an idea that we had been kicking around,” Ramirez said.

He said he hopes his business background, combined with his father’s talent, will help create a successful business.

“I want to have my own career, but if I can help out my parents in any way that’s good too,” he said.

He said he is looking forward to some networking events this week, where he hoped to be able to mingle with business owners and community members.

Sean Coleman, a computer systems engineering senior, is scheduled to graduate this semester and already has a large project on his hands.

After receiving the $2,000 ASU Entrepreneurship Advantage Project grant in January, he and his team started their project Orange Slyce.

Orange Slyce is a Web site that connects students to small businesses looking to hire freelance workers.

After doing graphic design and web development freelance work all through college, he said he realized there needed to be an online system for students and businesses to connect.

He said entrepreneurial skills are important to have when coming out of college.

“It’s one thing that allows any college student to remain competitive over anyone else coming out [of college],” Coleman said. “A student who can innovate or come up with new ideas is very competitive against other students.”

J. Luke Wood, a doctoral student in higher education, is also maintaining a Web site called the Legacy Institute.

His organization prepares high school students and adults for college.

Being a first-generation college student, Wood said he felt
underprepared when he first entered college.

“It’s kind of like a freshman seminar except we provide it to them beforehand,” Wood said.

He echoed what Iffert said about entrepreneurship being for everyone.

“You wouldn’t think that education and entrepreneurship go together,”
Wood said, adding that he has been able to make the connection and find success.

Reach the reporter at vajones2@asu.edu.