At Virginia Tech, we believe innovation and entrepreneurship is a powerful force within organizations of all types and sizes, in established businesses as well as new ventures. In any industry, in any position, it takes the entrepreneurial mindset to solve problems, make an impact, and innovate. The Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship provides hands-on, educational training and application of innovation and entrepreneurship, tools, connections and practices through the delivery of experiential curriculum and extracurricular programs for students.
In an effort to meet this amazing demand for our curriculum and programs, we need our alumni to get involved and give back to Virginia Tech. We believe that the spirit of Ut Prosim and “giving back” is one of the reasons why Apex CIE is on the path to become the top program in the nation.
Here are the ways you can get involved and give back to innovation and entrepreneurship at Virginia Tech:
Apex CIE wants to connect students to alumni mentors. In both the ideation and search stages of a new venture, we assign each student entrepreneur with a mentor. We will provide the mentor with brief training and a copy of our Mentor Manifesto. Their role will largely be to provide insight to students based on past experience in order to coach them stay on track.
Whether it is during the one of our courses, Entrepreneur and Innovators Table, Speaker Series, or Keynote at one of our events, we are seeking entrepreneurs and business professionals to provide speeches, presentations, and lectures on a wide variety of topics.
Fireside Chats invite notable visiting entrepreneurs to campus for an ongoing series of informal gatherings in which students hear insights and experiences from some of the most innovative minds in the field. Presenters are introduced to the wide range of resources and high level of engagement available at Virginia Tech, paving the way for future partnerships within the local community and farther afield.
CIE hosts several panels to educate and inspire students and faculty on various topics surrounding entrepreneurship, including but not limited to launching a new venture, pivoting, importance of listening to your customers, building a great team, and several other topics. We are seeking business professionals and experts to join these panel discussions and provide insight to undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty based on your experience.
Apex CIE’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) is our highest calling. As an EIR, you are interacting with the Apex CIE on a very frequent basis. The EIR program facilitates a robust exchange of ideas and opportunities for both Innovate student residents and visiting entrepreneurs and innovators to live, learn, and work together. Alumni interact with their alma mater while engaging in a new and rewarding way, while current students benefit from engaging with accomplished entrepreneurs in spontaneous collisions and conversations. Our Entrepreneur-in-Residence’s provide time and money to support the center and lead the effort in expanding Apex CIE’s reach.
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