Being an entrepreneur is an exciting option. Do you want to find out how to become a student entrepreneur?

“Bill Gates. Mark Zuckerberg. Larry Page. Sergey Brin. They share more than a few enviable accomplishments. They’re billionaires, they made their fortunes in tech and they started their businesses while they were still students. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re seriously smart cookies.  However you slice it, they’re all living proof that you don’t have to wait until after graduation to launch your own business. And, as is the case for Gates and Zuckerberg, you might not have to graduate at all (though, to be clear, we’re not advocating for dropping out).  If you’re considering becoming a student entrepreneur, just like any other endeavor you undertake, you should have a clear plan — not something like a half-assed term paper hobbled together the night before it’s due. Researching the steps needed to successfully bootstrap a business from your dorm room is key.”   Read on

You may have these common characteristics, shared by most entrepreneurs:

  • Passion
  • Perseverance
  • Resourcefulness
  • Open-Mindedness
  • Sponge-like nature

If you are thinking of doing something to change the world, have ideas you are excited about and have the courage to try and learn (it’s really hard work, sometimes will fail, but will be a good learning experience), then check out this video: ‘A tribute to entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship at Victoria

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to apply their energy and enthusiasm to try something out, learn to build business ideas from the ground and bring it to life.  You can have the experience of what entrepreneurs go through to commercial success, with taking the product to the market and to end up as a viable company.  A perfect opportunity to gain valuable networks and have your ideas supported and taught by experienced mentors from the Wellington business community and potential investors, in a safe environment.

You can find out more by joining the Victoria Entrepreneur Bookcamp – an intensive 14 week summer programme coordinated by Viclink, Victoria University’s commercialisation office. Watch the video for advice and feedback.

Eager to be an entrepreneur?  This programme will be starting soon, so keep up to date at:  www.facebook.com/VUWBootcamp

Another exciting event soon to happen: Wellington, will be hosting NZ’s first science and research start up weekend on 3-5 July (54-hour marathon of energy, collaboration, perspiration and fun).  Why not find out and see what it’s all about.  You may want to pitch your idea or just want to get involved? They welcome candidates to attend to join the teams.  Check it out!

Good luck!