6 Resources to Take Advantage of Today
The WeThrive Student Entrepreneur series was created to highlight entrepreneurs who are not only currently in the trenches, but also in high-school and college. Through this medium, we aim to provide students with a range of additional tools, advice and guidance as they create and grow their own entrepreneurial ventures. Our Student Entrepreneur blogs have highlighted the most relevant details others can learn from. We’ve asked and they’ve answered, below are 6 resources you can take advantage of today as a student entrepreneur!
Eric Muli, Founder of Alpha Force Security
Peers and professors. Learn from as many people as you possibly can because at no point in your life will you have such unlimited access to so many brilliant minds all in one place.
Rotimi Lademo, CO-Founder & COO of Jossle
Make sure to apply to business competitions and take advantage of the ideas and suggestions of smart people around you.
Matt Wilkins, Founder of Pedal Forward
Everything that your University has to offer. Access to faculty, law clinics, innovation centers, etc. Take advantage of it now, because once you graduate it is much harder to access.
Bernadette Lim, Founder of Women SPEAK
Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) is a great place to start one’s entrepreneurship journey. They offer a plethora of media resources to help expose your venture and idea to a global audience and have an annual conference to help connect you to a global network of youth changemakers called Clinton Global Initiative University. There are not many opportunities that help you expose to a youth audience as determined, inspiring, and like-minded as CGIU. (Ah finally… a college crowd that values something other than jobs, money, and partying!)
I also really recommend Twitter as a way to connect with people who you otherwise wouldn’t connect with. I’ve been able to connect with lots of organizations, famous people, and journalists through Twitter simply by crafting a well-worded 160-character tweet.
Lastly, I recommend connecting with other like-minded organizations in your issue area. As said before, you should never go through building your business alone in a world whose borders looks more like nets than walls. For example, in preparation one of our Women SPEAK webinars, we partnered with Hollaback!, a national street harassment organization who directed the viral “10 Hours of Walking as a Woman in NYC” YouTube video. This connection ended up being more than a one-time thing, creating a lasting relationship between Hollaback! and Women SPEAK. The founder of Hollaback! Los Angeles is on our Board of Directors and we now have someone more experienced in the area of violence against women/street harassment to help us with that portion of our curriculum and outreach.
Nitya Timalsina, Founder of Wastelights
If you are trying to incorporate, law clinics at your school or other schools may offer free services. Instead of paying a lawyer or patent attorney thousands of dollars, you may be able to incorporate your business or apply for a 501(c)(3) with no legal costs.
Schools sometimes have incubators or accelerators that can help your business develop. Business competitions are also an excellent way to develop your business while challenging yourself. If you win, you will get some funding as well!
Other entrepreneurs and business developers are the best resources for learning. Seek them out and keep in touch.
Eli Wachs, Founder of High School HeroesX
I’d really recommend reaching out to industry professionals who can give you advice on how to proceed. Worst case scenario, you don’t get an email back. However, I have been amazed by how many people in the fields of social entrepreneurship (and in Education for our Philadelphia Challenge) have been more than willing to speak with me on the phone for half an hour. Their advice has been truly invaluable.
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