VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center) at Villanova University will host its annual, campus-wide Pitch Day event April 23, providing students from across the University’s colleges the opportunity to showcase their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, while getting real-world experience in building an idea from the ground up.
Pitch Day 2013 – Tuesday, April 23 at The Connelly Center – will feature presentations from students participating in the University’s fourth-annual Villanova Student Entrepreneurship Competition (VSEC), as well as Villanova’s Mobile Applications Course, Entrepreneurship Minor programs, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Senior Design Capstone and the College of Engineering’s Formula SAE team. Joining this year’s slate of Pitch Day programs is the regional Global Student Entrepreneur Award Competition, hosted by Philly EO.
During the VSEC competition at Pitch Day, student entrepreneurs, with teams of 4-6 people, will present original ideas and prototypes to a panel of alumni and guest judges who are involved in business development, investments, marketing, and technology. In addition to the $10,000 that will be awarded to student startups through VSEC, students will also get invaluable feedback from mentors and advisors that can help the advance their ideas. Click here to see and hear more about the Villanova Pitch Day experience.
“My goal is to find the smartest people in the Villanova community, get them in a room together, and see what happens,” said II Luscri, Director of the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center). “That's the heart of Pitch Day and this celebration of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship.”
In recent surveys of executives, the ability to think entrepreneurially is considered the #1 most important leadership characteristic moving forward, and over 60% of Fortune 500 executives indicated that the ability to think creatively was more important than intelligence. To that end, the ICE Center strives to support traditional student-entrepreneurship and startups, but its broader mission is to serve as a symbol to the Villanova community – and beyond – of the University's commitment to nurture students so they stand out in the marketplace as creative and innovative thinkers.
“Today's marketplace demands workers with creative problem solving skills,” notes Luscri. “Programs like Pitch Day, which involves more than 250 Villanovans from across the disciplines, allow Villanova to stay on the cutting edge of this philosophy.”
Added Luscri: “Students can take a curricular or co-curricular path to explore entrepreneurship at Villanova depending on their interest level and the time they wish to invest. This isn't a one size fits all program.”
The ICE Center, housed within the Villanova University School of Business (VSB), is an innovative driver of scholastic, educational, and professional development opportunities in the related areas of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship within the Villanova community. The Center has a multi-disciplinary and cross-college focus and seeks to advance the University's strategy by fostering cross-college learning and embedding entrepreneurial thinking more deeply in the Villanova culture. A main principle of the ICE Center is the belief that students from Liberal Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Business, and Law can all learn from one another how to become more well-rounded innovative and creative thinkers. The ICE Center fosters opportunities for this cross-disciplinary learning to occur. Click here to find out more about ICE Center programs and initiatives.
About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.