Ivy Tech Community College announced earlier this year the launch of the Garatoni School for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to boost Indiana’s entrepreneurial pipeline. The school is partnering with Mishawaka-based Regional Innovation and Startup Education (RISE) to offer students practical lessons in business startups and management. The partnership is the focus of this week’s Ag+Bio+Science podcast presented by AgriNovus Indiana.
“One of the things I tell students when I’m giving them information about the program is that this is not your typical college course,” said Ronda Taylor, statewide dean for Garatoni School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Ivy Tech. “This is not something that you’re going to come in and be lectured to for three hours. We’re doing real work, and we’re actually trying to help you start your business.”
Through the entrepreneurship program, students will gain insight into starting a new business or making their current business more successful. Students will have access to locally owned independent businesses and nonprofit agencies that are dedicated to helping small business through education and mentoring.
Iris Hammel, executive director of RISE, told podcast and Inside INdiana Business host Gerry Dick, there is a need to start kids early with the idea of entrepreneurship as a career.
“Indiana is ranked 47th… for producing entrepreneurs, and I really think there’s a missing link,” said Hammel. “[We need to] get people interested early, but then give them actually real meaningful work and get them connected to real people in the community so they can do that work.”