It is Your Biz: New entrepreneurship program for Ivy Tech college students begins this fall | Enterprise


Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington is proud to introduce our new RISE Entrepreneurship Program for students this fall.

RISE is an applied entrepreneurship training program that takes students from idea to start in just two semesters. The program focuses on developing entrepreneurial activities by connecting students to resources within Bloomington’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Students will be connected with lenders, mentors, potential investors, local business owners, subject matter experts, etc. The network, tailored to each student’s idea, is personalized by industry and the program is taught by experienced faculties in cohorts with limited enrollment to ensure an individual approach. Student cohorts also get the added benefit of full access to the team at the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship and the Indiana Small Business Development Center to assist them in their brainstorming and business development activities.

The Cook Center will connect the program with community partners including Mill, Elevate Ventures, Bloomington Economic Development Corp. for his B-Start Business Accelerator Program and others who can help bring these ideas to life. The overall goal is to create more businesses in our community and give our students the opportunity to realize their entrepreneurial dreams. We also expect to work with our K-12 partners in the region to attract their students to the program. For example, the new IncubatorEdu program from Monroe County Community School Corp. give their students the opportunity to participate in Ivy Tech to take their ideas to the next level through the RISE program.

If you’ve been considering starting your own business, this Ivy Tech Bloomington Entrepreneur Certificate program is for you. As an added benefit to Ivy Tech Business Majors, completing this certificate counts towards earning an associate’s degree. If you join the program and enroll for the fall semester 2021, you will be entered into a drawing to win a $ 1,000 scholarship to use to pay for your classes.

For more information and to apply for this new program, contact: Sydney Mmadi, Business, Logistics and Entrepreneurship Manager, at [email protected]. Space is limited so get in touch today.

Steve Bryant is the Executive Director of the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington and the Regional Director of the South Central Small Business Development Center. Next week, Bloomingtons Pat East will share his thoughts.