Bring Your Idea to Life in Trinity’s Entrepreneurship Competition

Trinity Students will compete for Cash Prizes to create Business
​Hartford, Conn. (October 9, 2013) - Trinity has a long history of generating and executing ideas.  In 1953, Vernon Krieble, a professor of chemistry, developed super glue in a basement laboratory on campus.  Maggie Nemser ’01, created BlackBoardEats.com, a foodie’s favorite for quality meals and deals. And the technology used in the camera on the smartphone in your pocket right now? You can thank Trinity alum Eric Fossum ’79, for that. 

Innovation begins with an idea. Everyone has ideas, but not everyone pursues their vision with the ambition needed to thrive in an ever-changing marketplace. Nurturing an idea until it becomes fruitful requires hard work, dedication, and creativity. In partnership with alumni and parent volunteers, donors, and sponsors, the Career Development Center will enable students to put their ideas into motion through a competition that facilitates the entrepreneurial process. The individuals or teams that enter will compete for cash prizes totaling $20,000.

“The liberal arts tradition at Trinity College cultivates the habits of mind that have launched many a successful entrepreneurial career,” said J. Violet Gannon, director of the Career Development Center. “From alumni to faculty, entrepreneurialism is woven into the very fabric of the Trinity experience. The entrepreneurial spirit is valued across industries and professions and entails skills that are highly transferrable.”

Beginning in October, individuals or teams of students will draft project proposals. Submissions may be for-profit, non-profit or social enterprises with an innovative component addressing original needs. In January, up to five finalists will be selected and awarded $2,000 in seed money to develop their ideas. Finalists will be assigned an alumni mentor and will participate in workshops to further hone their idea and develop a presentation for the final competition. Following the competition, the winning team will receive $10,000 to launch its enterprise. The prizes were recently doubled by a sizeable gift.
 
“We are pleased to announce that a generous gift from Tom Safran ’67, an entrepreneurial alumnus, will enable us to double the seed money and final cash prize for the competition,” Gannon said.
 
Registration is free and open to all Trinity students.  For more information on the competition, or to register, go to Entrepreneurship Competition.