As I listened to Clay speak about the contributions that misfits have made to innovations that are now ubiquitous, I was awestruck by how people who were shunned by society had the drive and entrepreneurial spirit to create new systems that worked for their peers and commonly enabled their survival.
Using our power as consumers is one of the easiest ways we can create a world that reflects our values, and we can do it every single day. Every dollar spent supporting a business going above and beyond to do the right thing is a seed planted for a better world.
Through the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Certificate, the MBA’s Pioneering Innovation class and various PSU Kickstart Weekends, I learned a ton about entrepreneurship — and was hooked!
Our idea for HeatBuddy originated from an idea Matt had as a child. On cold mornings, Matt would race to the heat register to find the quick satisfaction and comfort that only a heat vent can bring.
The support from faculty, my cohort, my study abroad cohort, and my capstone team were integral to my success. The most important skills I learned were deeper emotional intelligence and a greater capacity for vulnerability. Being more vulnerable increased my confidence and risk tolerance, which are essential for entrepreneurship.
First year MBA student Ben Jacklet recaps his experience at the Business Briefing Breakfast: Innovative Management for Entrepreneurs. Read >
Vidya leverages data and technology to bring people together from across sectors to overcome meaningful, difficult, global challenges. I had the unique opportunity to chat with her about the upcoming event as well as concepts surrounding the so-called “industry.” Read >