The Sullivan Chair for Free Enterprise recently launched the Regis Entrepreneur Club at Regis University and is holding the first meeting on June 23, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the Mountain View Room in the Adult Learning Center.
Regis University’s Sullivan Program promotes corporate and organizational social responsibility by brokering networks and partnerships, and providing consultancies and research to create sustainable solutions for improving businesses, organizations and the community at large.
“The idea of a student entrepreneur club has been discussed for several years,” said Karl Dakin, executive director of the Sullivan Chair. Last year, Karen Metzger and Richard Delliveneri of Career Services, conducted a survey of Regis students in which approximately 175 students voiced interest in forming a club.
Dakin adds, “Upon taking the position of Executive Director of the Sullivan Chair, I adopted the launch of a student club as one of my first four programs.”
While the meeting and the club is open to the public, the mission of the club is to facilitate student engagement in live business projects. Live projects will be real life opportunities where the student may interact with and participate in business projects that may involve:
- Formation of a micro-enterprise
- Design, development and/or implementation of a business based social project (this includes ‘corporate social responsibility’, triple bottom line and sustainability projects)
- Development of a business plan
- Evaluation of an innovation
- Conduct of a business transaction
- Design new legislation, regulations and/or public private partnerships
- Business education / mentoring
- Development of a grant application
- Conduct of a market study
- Conduct of community collaborations
“My goal for the entrepreneur club is to create life experiences where a student will get a 360-degree look and feel for running a business from the perspective of an entrepreneur,” said Dakin. “This experience will serve them well in whatever career choice they make. It will stand out on their resume and give them a framework for selling their skills to future employers or customers.”
This inaugural meeting will be providing additional information on the club, on the Sullivan Chair and other programs in development.
To join the club and attend the meeting, visit: http/www.meetup.com/regis-entrepreneur-club.
The name of the club – Regis Entrepreneur Club – is temporary.
“We will work as an informal student organization until we complete a cash prize business plan competition on a plan for the club that will be held in the fall,” Dakin explained. “The contest will start in August and end in November, whereupon a formal plan will be adopted and the club will be organized with a new name.”
As conceived, the club will have multiple levels of membership with the elite status for those students active in a live project. The club will be lead by a council of faculty, staff and alumni, and its day-to-day operations will be performed by Regis students. The club will operate as a sustainable (economic definition) enterprise.
“My goal is for half of the students at Regis to be members of the club within five years because of the fact that it provides unmatched value as a learning experience and job getter. I look forward to working with CPS in achieving this goal and providing a series of great stories on student accomplishments.”