Incoming St. Thomas students to participate in "Shark Tank" entrepreneurial experience

A two-day "Freshman Immersion" competition gives students the chance to develop and pitch a marketable solution to a problem

By Emily Gasperlin

The University of St. Thomas's Schulze School of Entrepreneurship is welcoming its incoming freshman class with a little friendly competition. The school is hosting a two-day competition in which students form teams and develop a marketable solution to a problem, with $10,000 in scholarships to give away at the end of it.

More and more college students are looking for entrepreneurial training and opportunities while they're still in school, and the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship is trying to meet that need.

“Generation Z (seniors in high school and those entering college this fall) is among the most entrepreneurial in U.S. history, with more than 70% of members of this demographic saying they plan to start their own company someday," says Brian Abraham, Ph.D., the associate dean of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. "The Innovation Immersion is designed to immerse first-year students across the university into a common experience while being true to our mission.  It is meant to be thought-provoking, educational and community building, exposing the student body to significant world problems and allowing them the opportunity to begin to address these problems with solutions to advance the common good."

The program finals start at 3:00 this Friday, September 4, on the St. Paul campus. Guy Kawasaki, an early Apple employee responsible for marketing the Macintosh in the 1980s, and author of “The Art of the Start,” an entrepreneurs handbook, will also give a presentation on September 4 at 5:30, which is free and open to the public.

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