Irvine Valley College (IVC) entrepreneurship program, which is part of the
School of Business Sciences, hosted its annual Summer Entrepreneurship Workshop
for high school and community college students from June 24 to 28. Forty-two students
from surrounding high schools participated in the week-long event.
participated in a hands-on learning experience that included presentations and interaction
with industry guest speakers, IVC faculty, and teen entrepreneur Maryam
Edah-Tally. Students developed skills in communication and collaboration, the
entrepreneurial mindset, ways to protect intellectual property, bootstrap
marketing and financing, goal setting, conducting market research, and
discovered that everyday problems can be used to create opportunities. They
identified problems and developed ideas into products or services to solve
these problems. Industry experts taught them about presentation skills and how
to give a business pitch. On the last day, groups of four students gave three-minute
pitches on their ideas, including how they would solve a problem, who their
customers would be, and how they would market to them.
expert judges selected Dusteroo as the winning project in the pitch
competition. The project uses electromagnetic technology to clean solar panels
to increase their efficiency. Students also enjoyed a field trip to the Urban
Workshop entrepreneur makerspace in Costa Mesa, where they toured the facility and
listened to three start-ups from the UCI Wayfinder incubator give their
John Russo and Breanna Hale coordinated the workshop, which was hosted by the Business
and Entrepreneurship sector of the Doing What Matters Strong Workforce initiative
for jobs and the economy through the California Community Colleges.
offers a 13-class entrepreneurship program with the opportunity to earn certificates
of proficiency. These classes are offered in both the spring and fall semesters.
Most are 8-week hybrid courses focused on specific entrepreneurial skills, as
well as how to start a business.
view the class schedule, visit the “Entrepreneurship“ category . For questions regarding the program, contact Professor John Russo at firstname.lastname@example.org.