Providing Space for Entrepreneurial ton Hone Their Skills
Steve Adubato goes on-location the Montclair State University’s 2017 Annual Scholarship Dinner to talk with the Director of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, Dennis Bone, about the importance of facilitating a space for students to hone their entrepreneurial skills and experiences.
"Steve Adubato here at the Annual Montclair State University Scholarship Dinner. We're here with Dennis Bone, who knows all about entrepreneurism, and is leading the center here. By the way, tell everyone the official name of the center that takes young people and turns them into entrepreneurs. It's the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship. A completely experiential thing for all of our students. And how does it change their lives and teach them about being entrepreneurs of tomorrow? Because they live it. This is not a classroom thing. They go out, we give them seed capital, they go out to find their customers, they do everything they have to do, and then they come back and pitch for a $10,000 prize. It's completely authentic. Nothing... no corners cut. And a night like this is so important Dennis, because? Because these students come here, they get an incredible education, we prepare them to go out and succeed in the world, but many of them don't have the means to go to college. So scholarships are essential. And finally, what would you say to those who say, "I just want to be an entrepreneur. I don't need college." You say? I'd say about... more startups fail than succeed. So you really should get the edge and try to understand exactly how you differentiate yourself, what you need to know to succeed, and they can get that here. Thank you Dennis. Thanks Steve."