Entrepreneurship Week and Student Business Idea Competition 2017

February 21, 2017
Prolific entrepreneur guest speakers Miki Agrawal and Sarah Prevette will give keynote talks; Wells students will present original business ideas and compete for $10,000 in prizes.
film strip with portraits of sarah prevette, miki agrawal, and student presenter

The Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at Wells College presents Entrepreneur Week 2017, February 27 – March 2, featuring keynote talks by highly successful entrepreneur guest speakers and the College’s 7th Student Business Idea Competition. Wells’ student participants are currently developing their original business ideas individually or in teams; they’ll present these ideas to a panel of judges at the end of the week, competing for $10,000 in prizes. All Entrepreneur Week events are scheduled to take place in the Hostetter Lecture Room (209) of Stratton Hall; admission is free and open to the public.

  • Sarah Prevette, founder of Sprouter and BetaKit and co-star of new reality show Quit Your Day Job, will give the first keynote address at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 23. Prevette’s new project, Future Design School, is transforming education by fostering entrepreneurship in a classroom setting. FDS is currently running in four cities, with plans for expansion.

    Prevette is the creator of startup advice community Sprouter as well as the technology news site BetaKit. She also joined forces with business leaders from top companies to co-found BrandProject, a firm investing in early-stage startups. Prevette was named one of the top entrepreneurs in North America by Inc. Magazine and one of the “Top 20 Power Elite” by Canadian Business. She is frequently in the media and has been profiled by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Wired.

  • The second keynote, Miki Agrawal, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 28. Agrawal was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 and a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum in 2017. Her company THINX was one of Time Magazine’s “25 Best New Inventions,” and Forbes listed her as one of the “Top 20 Millennials on a Mission.”

    Agrawal has had a prolific career, founding innovative undergarment products THINX and ICON, the farm-to-table pizza concept WILD NY, and the new installable bidet system TUSHY. Proceeds from these organizations contribute to education in Uganda, the Fistula Foundation, Samagra, and health and entrepreneurship efforts around the world. Agrawal has written two books of advice on launching and growing a business and living a better life: “Do Cool Sh*t” and “F*ck Yes,” the latter forthcoming in 2018.

  • As the week’s finale, students will take part in the “Be Your Own Boss!” Business Idea 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 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 2. This year’s competition will debut the Friends/Family/Faculty Division and a prize for the Most Sustainable Business Idea. A panel of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs will serve as judges.

For more information about Entrepreneur Week, contact Kevin Miles, director of the Susan Wray Sullivan ’51 and Pike H. Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, at 315-364-3270, or email kmiles@wells.edu.

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