The Entrepreneurship LLC (Living Learning Community) is open to all freshmen who have a keen interest in entrepreneurship. This LLC will focus on connecting its members to Chattanooga's entrepreneurial ecosystem; connecting members to the UT System's resources for entrepreneurs; and exposure to ideas and innovations happening across the UTC campus.
Idea Central is led by Libby Santin, the Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at UTC. Santin is an entrepreneur herself and has been a business owner in Chattanooga for many years. She is very active in Chattanooga's entrepreneurial community and teaches entrepreneurship classes at UTC. Libby earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from Georgia Tech, an Executive MBA from UTC, and was trained in entrepreneurial education at Babson College.
Applications are closed for 2020-2021.
Goals of Idea Central
Connect: Student members will create a community of entrepreneurs on UTC's campus that will grow each year with every new cohort. This bond will foster connections to both current and future entrepreneurial opportunities for all members.
Engage: Student members will learn about and participate in Chattanooga's entrepreneurial community through thoughtfully planned engagements with the various entrepreneurship support organizations in the community.
Think: The entrepreneurial mindset is defined as “the ability to quickly sense, take action, and get organized under uncertain conditions”. * The members will have ample opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial mindset through experiential learning.
* Neck, Heidi (2018) Entrepreneurship
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