Tim Devane ’09, in this piece for the Huffington Post, talks about the need for entrepreneurship education at universities, and how a University Entrepreneur-in-Residence would “amplify the liberal arts mission.”
Last weekend, I went back to Wesleyan, my alma mater, to talk to undergrads interested in startups about internships in New York this summer. These meetings were part of a new initiative from Digital Wesleyan, a group represented by Jim Friedlich, Jake Levine and myself, to fund 10-week internships for Wes undergrads at startups.
We’ve noticed a supply-demand paradox that would benefit from an entity funding, matching and placing students at companies. Interns are smart and eager but not all can afford to work for free; startups are in constant need of body and mind power but few have cash to spare even for 10 weeks of genius.
So, if we can find a way to cover the cost of living for a few interns and place them well, everyone stands to benefit, short- and long-term.
Yet, there’s another, more systemic reason we felt compelled to seek funding for NYC-based internships: our campus didn’t know about startups.
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