Overview Student Entrepreneurial Resources Events Guidelines & Eligibility FAQ

 

The Career Center’s Entrepreneurial Alliance (EA) program provides practical support for individual career exploration by connecting student entrepreneurs to the resources necessary to support their entrepreneurial curiosity and development.

Overview

During Jan Plan 2015, Colby offered a new course titled Introduction to Enterpreneurship, JP297B. In it students learned the process of developing new venture opportunities from idea through market launch and subsequent growth. This course replaced previous workshops offered through the Career Center. The Career Center continues to sponsor the annual EA Spring Business Competition, which awards $15,000 in startup capital to the most promising enterprise or enterprises—for profit or nonprofit. Student entrepreneurs are evaluated on their pitch, Q&A responses, and overall readiness to launch their business. Various additional programming is offered throughout each year, check the Events page for more information.

Student entrepreneurs participating in the business competition will be matched with mentors by early March in order to have two months of professional feedback and preparation for the competition.

The competition is made possible each year through the generous support of Colby alumni and parents. If you are interested in supporting this program, contact Alisa Johnson, Director of the Colby Career Center, at alisa.johnson@colby.edu or 207-859-4140.

If you are a Colby student and are interested in participating in the competition, please e-mail entrepreneur@colby.edu with questions.

Workshops

Colby now offers an Introduction to Entrepreneurship course during Jan Plan. In it, students will learn the process of developing new venture opportunities from idea through market launch and subsequent growth. This course will replace previous workshop programming offered through the Entrepreneurial Alliance.

The Career Center will continue to hold an information session on the Entrepreneurial Alliance in the fall term, as well as ad-hoc workshop programming in the spring term for those students participating in the annual business competition.

Mentorships

In February 2015, the Entrepreneurial Alliance started offering a new opportunity for student participants—a mentorship program. Through the mentorship program, student entrepreneurs (as an individual or a team) competing in the spring business pitch competition are matched with an alumnus/alumna or parent mentor who will assist them in developing their enterprises and in preparing for the competition.

I’D LIKE TO BE A MENTOR!

Are you passionate about building a business/non-profit? Are you interested in working with a Colby student? Do you think your past experiences will benefit EA members? If you answered YES to any of the previous questions, we need your support!

Please email entrepreneur@colby.edu for more information.