Wells Presents Annual Entrepreneur Week and Student Business Idea Competition

March 25, 2015
Guest speaker Miki Agrawal and mentoring sessions will lead up to the "Be Your Own Boss" student competition.
Be Your Own Boss

The Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at Wells College is pleased to present Entrepreneur Week, featuring highly-successful entrepreneur guest speaker Miki Agrawal on Monday, March 30, and the College’s 5th Student Business Idea Competition on Thursday, April 2. Wells’ student participants are currently developing their original business ideas individually or in teams; they’ll present these ideas to a panel of judges during the “Be Your Own Boss” competition, vying for a total of $7,000 in prizes. Entrepreneur Week events are free to attend and open to the public.

Miki Agrawal, social entrepreneur and best-selling author of “Do Cool Sh*t: Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business, and Live Happily Ever After,” will begin the week with a guest lecture on growing a business and living a better life. This talk, named for her book, will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, March 30, in Phipps Auditorium of Macmillan Hall on the Wells campus. For her successful ventures, including WILD, Super Sprowtz, and THINX, Agrawal was named one of Forbes’ Top 20 Millennials on a Mission. THINX recently won the Daily Grommet Challenge and was nominated for Good Housekeeping’s Very Innovative Product (VIP) of 2014 Award.

Agrawal received the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival’s Disruptive Innovation Award. She has spoken at the United Nations, TEDx, Sustainability Summit, Women’s Collaborative, Cornell Entrepreneurship Conference, and Google. Her work has been featured prominently in the media, including on ABC, the Food Network, and in The New York Times. She is an active member of top change-maker organizations such as Forbes Women, Tribeca Film Festival, and Nexus Summit. Through her writing and her lived experience, Agrawal inspires us to do as she did: be bold, follow your intuition, and live your success.

To conclude Entrepreneur Week, Wells students will take part in the “Be Your Own Boss!” Business Idea Competition. Over 40 teams have registered for this year, a 50% increase from last year’s competition. The participants this year represent a range of interests from innovative new businesses to social impact entrepreneurship ideas addressing worldwide problems. These ideas will be presented to their fellow students and the public at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, in the Hostetter Lecture Room (209) of Stratton Hall. A panel of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland will serve as judges for the competition.


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