The Bates Center for Purposeful Work offers and supports various programs and events to foster students’ discovery of entrepreneurship, start-up and pitching skills, and social, material and technological innovation.
Bobcat Ventures is Bates’ own student-run entrepreneurship competition. The Center for Purposeful Work advises the Bobcat Ventures student leaders and supports alumni mentoring, clinics and judges for this highly engaging and successful semester-long program.
Opportunities at Startups
- Boston – TechGen, launched last year by the New England Venture Capital Associations, is all about connecting students into summer internships at Boston startups.
- Chicago – Built in Chicago manages a list of startup & technology openings in the city (including internships). More here.
- New York – The NYC Startup Job Fair aims to connect job seekers with New York-based startups. The event is largely run by volunteers looking to foster a thriving startup community and to raise awareness about startup jobs in NYC. More here.
- Worldwide – VentureLoop is an excellent site to finding newly posted full-time and internship positions at venture-backed startup companies. Worth checking frequently as new positions get listed every day.
- Worldwide – AngelList has an extensive list of openings including those at bootstrapped and very early stage startups.
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In case you missed it:
PURPOSEFUL WORK: VOICES IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP
This was a semester-long entrepreneurship speaker series sponsored by the Purposeful Work initiative and the Entrepreneurship Project Steering Committee.
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.
All start ups need not be high tech rocketships or internet crazes, but unlocking your entrepreneurial passion can be tricky. Jennifer Porter ’88 shared how she built upon her entrepreneurial instincts to grow companies before launching her own endeavor with a focus on leadership development…and how Bates got her off and running. Click here for more information on Jennifer. Jennifer’s presentation was recorded and can be seen here.
We live in a golden age of business and social entrepreneurship. Today’s business entrepreneurship is driven by far-reaching technological revolutions in life sciences and digital media. Social entrepreneurship is creating vast benefits for society, and the distinction between business and social entrepreneurship is blurring.
Click here for more information on David and Ben. Here are some short video clips from interviews with both David and Ben regarding their experiences as entrepreneurs. -Hopes of Steel, -When I Was Here, -Endlessly Compelling, -Veterinary Pharmacy, -Versus the small steps, -Distinctive and Great
David received an honorary degree from Bates during the college’s 2014 Commencement exercises. Read more about the 2014 honorands here.
Practitioner-Taught Short Term Courses on entrepreneurship
2014: Digital Innovation, taught by Ben Schippers ’04 and Will Schenk, co-founders of Happy Fun Corp, featuring guest speakers, entrepreneurship talks and computer lab time