Entrepreneurship at Bates
One of the things I consistently hear from employers such as McKinsey is the value they place on the entrepreneurial spirit of their employees. Becoming an entrepreneur can mean setting up your own business but it can also mean developing the skills and capacities you need to succeed in any career. An entrepreneurial mindset can allow you to make transformative changes in your community and in the wider world. David McDonough, Director of Career Development at Bates
PURPOSEFUL WORK: VOICES IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP – Save the Dates!
This is a semester-long entrepreneurship speaker series sponsored by the Purposeful Work initiative and the Entrepreneurship Project Steering Committee.
Wednesday, April 30 | 7:00pm | Muskie Archives | RSVP on JobCat
All start ups need not be high tech rocket ships or internet crazes, but unlocking your entrepreneurial passion can be tricky. Find out how Jennifer Porter ’88 built upon her entrepreneurial instincts to grow companies before launching her own endeavor with a focus on leadership development…and learn how Bates got her off and running. Click here for more information on Jennifer.
Monday, May 5 | 7:00pm | Muskie Archives | RSVP on JobCat
Adventures in Business and Social Entrepreneurship
David Evans Shaw P’00 is Managing Partner of Black Point Group, a private investment partnership that manages a mix of private and public equity investment activities in the healthcare, internet media and technology sectors. He founded and served as CEO at IDEXX Laboratories, which was inducted into the Life Sciences Foundation’s Biotech Hall of Fame in 2008. David has wide-ranging interests and experience with technology companies, public service, strategy consulting, leadership, corporate-governance, business social responsibility, and ocean conservation.
Ben Shaw ’00 is the Founder and CEO of Vets First Choice, a leading provider of technology enabled pharmacy and marketing solutions for veterinary hospital and their pet owner clients that has twice been named by Inc. magazine as the 24th fastest growing company in the U.S. He is a Founding Partner of Black Point Group, and has had significant involvement in public service and various organizations such as Maine Huts & Trails, the Jackson Laboratory, and Young Presidents’ Organization. He serves as an alumni advisor to Bates College, where he graduated with a triple B.A. in biology, political science and environmental sciences.
In case you missed it:
Daniel Vannoni ’05, Founder and Entrepreneur with Gecko Ventures |
CEO and Co-Founder of Novopyxis joined Bates students on January 29, 2014, to discuss his experiences as a tech-centric serial entrepreneur with no technical experience who starts ventures to help people across web, mobile, energy and life sciences. Find out more about Daniel here.
Daniel’s presentation was recorded and can be seen in its entirety here.
Best In Class: Investing in People and Culture At a Top Consulting Firm
Having the right people is way MORE important than having a great idea. Bruce Stangle ’70, P’96, is the chairman and co-founder of Analysis Group, the largest private economic consultancy in the world. On March 5, 2014, he shared with students how he has invested in people and has never looked back. This Bates English major created and grew a company consistently named one of the top places to work, that continues to grow each and every year, based on an entrepreneurial culture of individual responsibility and collegiality. Find out more about Bruce here. Bruce’s presentation was recorded and can be seen here.
Old Company, New Tricks: Big Businesses Need Entrepreneurs Too
On March 19th, Joshua Macht ’91, Group Publisher and Executive Vice President of Harvard Business Review Group (HBR), shared his journey from Bates English major to HBR with students, faculty and staff. Josh has spent his working life inside traditional media companies, such as TIME magazine and the Harvard Business Review, as a journalist, publisher and entrepreneur. He shared some of what he’s learned along the way as he built and launched innovative new offerings from within the stodgy corporate walls. Find out more about Josh here.
Venture for America (application deadline February 17th and March 24th)
- Venture for America will recruit the best and brightest college grads to work for two years at emerging start-ups and early-stage companies in lower-cost cities (e.g., Detroit, Providence, New Orleans). Modeled after Teach for America, Venture for America will provide a path for entrepreneurship to college grads who want to learn how to build companies and create jobs.
Fellows receive training and placement in a growth stage company and are paid around $38,000 per year. Apply online: www.ventureforamerica.org/apply
What’s It Really Like To Be A VFA Fellow?
- 50 Entrepreneurial Summer Internships Available (Paid $4500)
Blackstone Accelerates Growth (BxG) initiated a program in Maine in 2012 to accelerate growth and opportunity for Maine’s entrepreneurs, students and companies. Accelerating Companies, Accelerating Connections and Accelerating the Next Generation are the three prongs of this program. The Innovate for Maine Fellows program is one element of the Next Generation program that places highly qualified Maine students with select innovative Maine companies. The results have been fantastic. Please watch the video to see.
We are looking for motivated, innovative Maine college students who want to make a difference in our state while gaining valuable work experience with Maine’s most entrepreneurial companies.
Innovate for Maine is an internship program that connects students with companies that want to grow and create jobs in Maine.
Innovate for Maine interns:
Get paid for working with innovative Maine companies
Get training in innovation and entrepreneurship
Gain real-world job experience
May receive academic credit
Network with other students and Maine businesses
Join the cutting-edge team leading Maine’s future
Apply at Innovate for Maine (applications available Jan 2014)
In February 2013 Bates students had the opportunity to meet with Tony Tjan, CEO of Cue Ball and author of the NY Times bestseller Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck. Other Bates roadshow visits have included Redstar and the Cambridge Innovation Center.
- Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development
- Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Take the Entrepreneurial Aptitude Test (E.A.T.)
- Review the 3 secrets of Highly Successful Graduates from Linkedin’s founder Reid Hoffman.
- Entrepreneur Magazine
- Harvard Business Review
- Fast Company
- Echoing Green
- Kauffman Foundation
The Kauffman Foundation is often referred to as one of the largest foundations in the United States – or as the world’s largest foundation devoted to entrepreneurship.
- William James Foundation
All of our projects exist to educate and support entrepreneurs who are starting or expanding for-profit businesses that have built social and/or environmental values into how they make money.
A website devoted to shining a spotlight on innovative student entrepreneurs.