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Think Like an Entrepreneur: Free summer academy helps high schoolers learn to turn their ideas into businesses

Applications are being accepted through Monday, June 3, for Rowan University’s third annual Think Like an Entrepreneur Summer Academy for high school students.

During the non-residential academy presented by the Rohrer College of Business, rising high school juniors and seniors will spend eight days at Rowan learning how to conceive, develop and prototype their ideas. Students will work alongside faculty and student leaders to learn the basics of transforming an idea into a feasible, viable business.

Students completing the academy will earn three college credits, which can be used at Rowan or transferred to another university.

The academy runs Monday-Thursday, July 8-11 and 15-18 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each day in Business Hall in Glassboro. It is presented by the Rowan Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and sponsored by the TD Bank Charitable Foundation.

Altogether, 50 students will participate in the academy.

According to Eric Liguori, executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Think Like an Entrepreneur focuses on the development of soft skills—including fostering an entrepreneurial mindset—as well as the development of specific entrepreneurial knowledge and expertise. Furthermore, the academy helps students gain exposure to student life on a college campus and to the excitement of working with a team on a common goal.

Those are skills that are vitally important for today’s young people, Liguori notes.

“Regardless of their intended major, we believe that all future business students—and the organizations that will eventually employ them—benefit from the type of creative mindset, hard work, and initiative that power startups,” says Liguori.

To register for the academy, visit go.rowan.edu/FutureEntrepreneur2019.

Students accepted to the academy will be notified by Friday, June 14.

For additional information, contact Jessica Vattima at wolk@rowan.edu.

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