Eight chosen for Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs

Author: Tammy L. Lane • First Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs provides an immersive, high-energy summer experience in an environment where it is safe to fail. Sixty-three students from across Kentucky were invited to spend June 22 through July 12 at Georgetown College enhancing their creative thinking and entrepreneurial skills. The Class of 2014 includes eight students from Fayette County Public Schools: Jacob Ferguson and Alaap Patil of Henry Clay High School, Olivia Rippetoe and Callaway Stivers of Lafayette High School, and Xiaowan Chu, Dasha Kolyaskina, Kyra Seevers and Walker Vickery of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.

During the three-week program, students visit startup businesses and talk with the founders, and gather advice from scientists, engineers, product designers, attorneys and other successful professionals. The teenagers also delve into their own plans as they learn about business models, investment capital, product development and production, marketing and sales, customer validation, and long-range strategies. At the end of the program, some teams might be ready to launch an actual company, product or service.

Rising tenth, eleventh and twelfth-graders may apply for the free program. For questions, visit the website or call (859) 246-3233.



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