Kay Molkentin, Director of Hiram’s College’s Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship, has been elected president of the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium (EEC). The EEC includes eleven public and private colleges and universities committed to providing practical, experiential and theoretical entrepreneurship education to Northeast Ohio college students of all disciplines.
Beyond imparting the necessary classroom fundamentals, the EEC encourages student exploration of new, innovative ideas in their quest to either create new enterprises or become entrepreneurs within existing organizations. The EEC accomplishes its mission through two signature programs – ideaLabs, and Entrepreneurship Immersion Week (EIW).
“The EEC has provided wonderful entrepreneurial experiences for Hiram students, as well as students from the ten other institutions,” Molkentin said. “We look forward to hosting EIW this August and infusing a bit of what makes Hiram special.”
EIW is an intensive one-week, academic immersion experience for undergraduates from all disciplines to learn the basic skills needed to help them develop new business concepts and participate in a business concept competition. Teams from NEO colleges and universities come together for an unforgettable educational experience. The ideaLabs program is a regional competition to foster student awareness and interest in business formation, as well as share innovative business ideas with each other. Students compete for their school’s three business concepts awards, with the top team advancing to the regional EEC ideaLabs competition.
Several start-up ventures that have come out of participation in EEC programs include: Fresh Fork Market, DecisionDesk (formerly Citizen Groove), Bradley’s Chocolate Covered Strawberries, and Hole Patch LLC.
Besides Molkentin, the new officers of EEC include; Robert Chalfant (The University of Akron)- Vice President/President Elect, Read Wakefield (Ashland University)- Treasurer, and Mark Dobeck (Cleveland State University)- Secretary.
EEC’s members are: Hiram College, Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, John Carroll University, Kent State University, Lake Erie College, Lorain County Community College, Mount Union University, and The University of Akron.